National Chambal Sanctuary is known as National Chambal Gharial Wildlife Sanctuary, located on the Chambal River near the tri junction of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. This sanctuary is part of Khathiar-Gir dry deciduous forests eco region. Some parts of the sanctuary are in threat of illegal sand mining that is endangering for lotic (flowing water) ecosystem, very critical for crocodile breeding and that’s why, this sanctuary is protected under Wildlife Protection Act 1972.
When To Visit
The ideal time to go any wildlife sanctuary is early winters. In winters, climate is cold and you can see the animals in their natural habitat, some of them goes into hibernation.
You can drive private vehicle to Pinahat, Nandgaon Ghat, Sehson and Bharch. You can go on boating with the permission of forest authorities and can catch glimpse of gharial and dolphins. Chambal boat safari timing is 7:30am to 5:30 pm and charges for 4 people is Rs. 13500 (around 40 km from Ranthambore).
Walking trails in the ravines along with the river gives a chance to observe wildlife carefully.
How To Reach
National Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary is located on tri junction at National Highway 45, which is pretty much connected to Agra, Jaipur, and New Delhi. State and private buses are available from neighboring states like Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar.
The closest railway station is Dholpur station at approx 93kms; there are not many trains to Dholpur station. The nearest train station in serving is Agra Cantt at 105kms from sanctuary. From train station you can hire a taxi or cab; it will take you 2.7 hrs to reach Chambal Sanctuary. Agra Cantt is connected to cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and many more.
The convenient way to reach Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary is by flights. The nearest airport is Kheria airport in Agra at 107kms. You can board on bus, cabs or auto to reach your destination.