Chambal Safari Lodge
Located an hour out of Agra, Chambal Safari Lodge is an oasis of tranquility and gracious hospitality, nestling in the midst of a sprawling 35 acre heritage plantation of large old growth trees, surrounded by family owned farmland. The Lodge has been lovingly restored and extended, the plantation supplemented with large numbers of native trees and plants, and now boasts over 198 different species of birds and mammals.
The Lodge kitchen uses locally grown organic produce and offers home-cooked traditional Indian buffet meals. The eco-friendly accommodation in 10 independent double/twin bed ensuite cottages/rooms, combines the natural warmth of local homes with the comfort of modern amenities, and the entire staff is from within the local community. The Lodge organizes guided river, jeep and camel safaris and nature walks in the Chambal Valley – allowing you to explore the natural, cultural and historical heritage at their own pace.
A 250 mile (400km) stretch of the river Chambal has been designated The National Chambal Sanctuary, known for its Gharials, Marsh Crocodiles, Gangetic Dolphins and over 330 bird species. Tours are led by trained naturalists, and you are provided with an information pack, including extensive and regularly updated checklists of species.
The calm and gentle River Chambal is best explored on boats. The Lodge also organizes birdwatching trips to the Sarus Crane Conservation Area, as well as morning and evening rambles in the Lodge grounds and surrounding countryside with the resident naturalists.
The ancient temple complex at Bateshwar on the river Yamuna, 6 miles (10 km) from the Chambal Safari Lodge, consisting of more than a hundred temples dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva.
Include camel safaris through the ravines and villages up to the magnificent ruins of Fort Ater, and village walks to the nearby village of Jarar for an experience of rural India. Children are welcome.
Agra, a city in northern India’s Uttar Pradesh state, is home to the iconic Taj Mahal, a mausoleum built for the Mughal ruler Shah Jahan’s wife, Mumtaz Mahal, who died in childbirth in 1631. Set behind a reflecting pool inside a courtyard defined by 4 minarets, the imposing main building features a massive dome and intricately carved white marble inlaid with precious stones.
Ways you can help in Agra
The project houses approx 270 Indian Sloth bear, which have been removed from the streets of India, where they were popularly known as ‘the dancing bears’. The Qalanders, as their masters were known, have been rehabilitated as part of this Bear Rescue program. They run small shops or enterprises. You can help prepare meals for […]