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Chambal Extended Bird Watching Getaway(3 Nights)

Agra, Chambal, Agra

for Bird Watcher, Inbound Traveller

Holiday Overview

On a River Safari
River Safari
Crocodiles in Chambal River

This is a popular getaway for bird watchers, nature lovers, off-beat travelers and experiential travelers exploring Chambal river and ravines around the area.

Route

Chambal(3)

Summarised Itinerary
  • Day-1 Arrival at Agra. Travel to Bah (Chambal Area, 80 kms from Agra). Evening visit to Bateshwar Temple. Boat ride for Bird watching.
  • Day-2 Morning River Safari. Afternoon visit to the Fort.
  • Day-3 Visit Sarus Crane Reserve and Evening visit to the villages around the area.
  • Day-4 Departure
Sightseeing Summary

Chambal - Bateshwar Temple (10.00 kms), Wildlife and Bird Watching in Chambal (10.00 kms), Village visit around Chambal (10.00 kms), Sarus Crane Reserve (30.00 kms), Patna Bird Sanctuary (80.00 kms)

Preferred Arrival /Departure Destination
Arrival - Agra Departure - Agra
Best Season to Travel
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Popular Extensions to the Itinerary

Agra and Bharatpur (Keoladeo Ghana Sanctuary) are popular extensions to a Chambal Getaway.

Distances
  • Agra to Chambal -70 kms (2 hrs)
  • Chambal to Agra -70 kms (2 hrs)
Route

Agra - Chambal(3) - Agra

Detailed Itinerary

Day-1 Arrival at Agra. Travel to Bah (Chambal Area, 80 kms from Agra). Evening visit to Bateshwar Temple. Boat ride for Bird watching.  Arrival at Agra. Proceed to Bah (70 kms - 2 hrs). Chambal area around Bah is renowned for being a prime destination for Migratory bird watching and Alligators (Gharials). Visit Bateshwar Temple in the evening, time permitting. Birds are generally found on the riverfront around Bateshwar Temple. A closer look at the birds is possible by taking a boat ride in the river.

Day-2 Morning River Safari. Afternoon visit to the Fort. Morning River Safari in the Chambal River. Chambal river is characterised by ravines on both its sides. 200+ varieties of migratory birds thrive in these ravines and make them their nesting site. Alligators (Gharials) and Marsh Crocodiles are found in good numbers in the river and are easily spotted during the safari.

Day-3 Visit Sarus Crane Reserve and Evening visit to the villages around the area. The Sarus Crane Conservation Reserve starts around 30 kms from the Chambal Safari Lodge, extending to about 100 kms. It is a widespread wetland area, interspersed by cultivated fields, where large numbers of the Sarus Cranes breed. Villages and farms around Bah are good for a walk, understanding local lifestyle and also a bit of bird watching as number of birds are found around the area.

Day-4 Departure Depart to Agra (80 kms) or Delhi (290 kms) for a train for onward journey.

Detailed Sightseeing

Chambal :

  • Bateshwar Temple - Bateshwar Temples are a set of 108 Shiva temples on banks of River Yamuna and is most unique as its one of the rare temples where Shiva is depicted as a person and not a Linga. Shortly after Bateshwar Temple, Yamuna River meets the Chambal River and the entire area is haven for Bird watchers. there is a healthy population of allgators as well. Boats are available on hire for guests.

  • Wildlife and Bird Watching in Chambal - Around Bah, Yamuna River meets the Chambal River and the entire area is haven for Bird watchers. The area is maintained by Chambal Conservation Foundation (set up in 1999 by Kunwar Ram Pratap Singh and his wife, local royal family members), is known for Gangetic Dolphins, Migratory Birds, Alligators, Crocodiles.

  • Village visit around Chambal - The Villages around the Chambal area provide an interesting insight into rural India. One can still find a potter at his wheel making earthen ware kullars (cups), a cobbler using the simplest implements to fashion and repair a most interesting variety of leather items, and shops selling all manner of goods from jaggery blocks to hand-woven quilts. Village walks are popularly organised here for experiential travellers.

  • Sarus Crane Reserve - The Sarus Crane Conservation Reserve starts around 30 kms from Bah extending to about 100 kms. It is a widespread wetland area, interspersed by cultivated fields, where large numbers of the Sarus Cranes breed.

  • Patna Bird Sanctuary - The Patna Bird Sanctuary is a designated sanctuary (since 1990) covers a wetland habitat of one sq. km. that includes marsh, khajur forest and a lake full of weeds and is home to over 200 bird species in the winter months. During this period more than 300,000 birds can be found in this area, transforming the small lake into a riot of colours and sounds. It is a good place to see large flocks of birds such as Cranes, Geese, Ducks, Waders, Cormorants and Spoonbills

Destination Overview

Agra - Agra is home to Taj Mahal, a mughal era monument that is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Agra forms a part of the Golden Triangle circuit Delhi-Jaipur-Agra which is the most visited tourist circuit in India.

Chambal - The National Chambal Sanctuary consists of about 400 km of the Chambal River. Chambal is located 80 km south of Agra on Rajasthan, UP and Madhya Pradesh border in the legendary Chambal Valley. The area is a haven for bird watcher and excellent for sighting alligators.

Access
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Distances
  • Agra to Chambal -70 kms (2 hrs)
  • Chambal to Agra -70 kms (2 hrs)

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Distances
  • Agra to Chambal -70 kms (2 hrs)
  • Chambal to Agra -70 kms (2 hrs)

Expert Speak

Chambal River and its ravines may actually be home to Dacoit in 1970s and !980s, it is now a major Bird watching destination and offers even better experience than destinations such as Bharatpur.

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