Chambal River Safari

Gharial Crocodile, Chambal River
Gharial Crocodile, Chambal River

Most travelers visiting Agra go to the Taj Mahal and head back not knowing that there is so much more to do in and around this city than just that. On your next trip to Agra, consider going on a river safari on the Chambal River which is just an hour drive from the City of Taj. 

The Chambal River Sanctuary (1000+ KM of protected waters) flows through the states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh where it merges in to the Yamuna River. 

The Chambal River Safari near Agra is no ordinary safari, it's the most 'alive' river eco-system in this part of the country as you get to see gharials (the endangered fish eating crocodiles), Indian marsh crocodile, seven species of turtles, several species of migratory birds, hyenas, jackals, jungle cats, various reptiles and the prized one - Indian River Dolphin (if you're lucky). 

Surprised? So was I, when I visited this place for the first time five years ago. 

If you want to visit the Chambal River Safari on your next visit to Agra, let me know. I can take you there or get you sent there. I know the best guides, the ones who know their A to Z about the wildlife, can arrange reliable transportation and take to off the beaten path historical sites near the river.

crocodiles and gharials in chambal river
Marsh Crocodiles and Gharials coexist in the Chambal

Please Note:
  • There is no guarantee that you will see the above wildlife. The river is their habitat and sightings depend on water level in the river, human interference, climatic conditions, weather and other factors, most of which are beyond your and my control. I will do my best to show you all there is to see. 
  • Best time to visit: October/November to March/April. 
  • How to get there: car is the fastest and most efficient. 
  • Where to stay: Agra
  • Closest train station: Dholpur but taxis will be an issue 
  • Price of river safari: depends on number of people, number of hours, which side of the river and the safari operator. 
  • Safety: All motor boats are monitored and checked to be in working condition. All safaris include a boatsman and a naturalist. Guests have to wear life jackets at all times when on the boat.
  • What to carry: photo identification, camera, binoculars, warm jacket, small backpack, sun glasses, cap, vizer, sun block, some cash, drinking water.
  • Smoking and drinking alcohol is strictly not permitted on the river bank and during the safari. 
  • Please do not throw trash on the floor even if you don't see a trash can. Ask me and I help to dispose it off properly.
  • To prevent any disturbance to wildlife, I do not permit the use of any call playback to attract birds, feeding or baiting of wildlife. Despite this, if you do and are caught by the authorities or called out by locals or fellow wildlife enthusiasts, then you are entirely on your own - embarrassment, fines and other penalties as per the local laws governing national parks and wildlife sanctuaries are to be borne by you.