National Chambal Sanctuary

Location: Madhya Pradesh
Main Wildlife Attractions: Alligator, Crocodile, Otter, Tortoise, Gigantic dolphin, Blue bull, Rabbit, Wild boar
Coverage Area: 1985.23 sq. km.
Established: 1979 as a Sanctuary

At a Glance The rare gangetic dolphin is the main attraction of National Chambal Sanctuary. The other inhabitants of this sanctuary are magar (crocodile) and gharial (alligator), chinkara, sambar, nilgai, wolf and wild boar. Founded in 1979 the sanctuary is a part of a large area co-administered by Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.  The endangered Gharial finds a home in the National Chambal Sanctuary in UP, with its friend, the Ganges River Dolphin. The National Chambal Sanctuary in UP is a natural reservoir for the marsh crocodiles, swimming eagerly and often prying for prey, at shore while basing in the sun. Stretching for 400 kilometers, the transparent lake of National Chambal Sanctuary in UP also houses the Smooth Coated Otters. These are fresh water carnivores with webbed and clawed feet and thick brown fur. To protect the animals from the harmful effects of modern civilization and their subsequent replenishment, the National Chambal Sanctuary was set up in Uttar Pradesh.

The animals found here were almost on the verge of extinction when they found a natural home here, against the advancing civilization which posed a threat to their existence. 6 species of Terrapins are found here, these are the web footed turtles, found mainly in brackish water. It is natural that such a large sanctuary would have a large river or lake to quench the thirst of the abundant animals found here. The avian attraction at National Chambal Sanctuary in UP consists mainly of Black tailed Terns, Red-crested and Ferruginous Pochards, Indian Courser, Pallas's Fish. The Chambal River that waters the National Chambal Sanctuary in UP originates in Kota in Rajasthan, and finally merges with river Yamuna at Bhareh. From dusty ravines to rocky falls this river leaps and bounds through many a ravine to come here ultimately.

Eagle, Pallid Harrier, Greater and Lesser Flamingos which are Large pink to scarlet web-footed wading birds, with down-bent bills, which inhabit brackish lakes, Darters which are Fish-eating birds, residing in warm inland waters having a long flexible necks and slender sharp-pointed bills, Bar-headed Goose, Sarus Crane and Great Thick-knee.

Climate The daytime temperatures vary a great deal, but it is usually warm in the sun. The temperatures dip around mid-December, with the onset of morning and evening fog, and the days and nights remain quite cold till the end of January. The temperature ranges between: • Day:25-35 °C Night:10-20 °C October, November, February and March, • Day:10-20 °C Night: 2-10 °C December and January, • Day:25-35 °C Night:15-25 °C April

Flora The process of listing the flora of the Chambal Valley has been initiated.

Fauna A good population of Indian Skimmers is the strongest birding attraction here. This endangered species is easily seen near Bah and is one of the few remaining places where you can get close views of this beautiful bird. Black-bellied Terns, Red-crested and Ferruginous Pochards, Bar-headed Goose, Sarus Crane, Great Thick-knee, Indian Courser, Pallas's Fish Eagle, Pallid Harrier, Greater and Lesser Flamingos, Darters, and the star attraction of Chambal Safari Lodge, the resident Brown Hawk Owl, all add up to an impressive list of birds.

Travel Tips The only real way to enjoy the attractions of the river is by motorized boat. Arrangements to hire boats can be made. Going up and down the river as it flows through the ravines is a great experience.

Best Time to Visit November to March 

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