National Chambal Sanctuary, also called the National Chambal Gharial Wildlife Sanctuary, is a tri-state protected area in northern India for the critically endangered Gharial, the red-crowned roof turtle and the endangered Ganges river dolphin. Within the sanctuary the pristine Chambal River cuts through mazes of ravines and hills with many sandy beaches.
The Chambal Ravines are the product of centuries of soil erosion by flood and rain waters. They form an incredible maze of intertwining mud cliffs, with tropical dry scrub forest vegetation, that provide shelter for numerous birds, mammals and reptiles.
The Sanctuary is a 400 km stretch of the river Chambal and up to 6 km wide swathe of the ravines on both sides of the river, covering an area of 1235 sq. km.
Dhaulpur Palace also known as Raj Niwas Palace was built to welcome HRH Albert Albert in 1876. Tucked away in quiet town of Dhaulpur on the bank of river Chambal has been the home to the generations of Royals, this converted palace still reflects the grandeur of the Rajasthani architecture of the Era.
The Palace offer 8 Royal Palace rooms in the main palace building and 18 luxury villas with small plunge pools surrounded by lush green landscape. The interiors of the villas are inspired by the traditional design themes where as the Royal Palace Rooms are well-appointed with all antique but sophisticated furniture and artifacts.
The Palace offers various venues for dining including lush green lawns, Verandah overlooking the garden and private candle light dinner at the poolside in complete privacy.
A good stopover to visit not only Chambal River Sanctuary and Van Vihar Wild life Sanctuary but also very much ignored The Machkund, the group of 108 ancient temples around a lake.
Nestled in the midst of over 120 acres of woodland surrounded by farmland, in 1915 The MelaKothi was founded to be ideally located to serve as a camp office for the family’s bi annual cattle fair.
In 1999 a birding enthusiast and conservationist Mr Ram Pratap Singh and his wife Anu decided to turn the irinheritance in to an eco lodge. The MelaKothi was meticulously restored and rechristened as Chambal Safari Lodge. Set within 35 acres of the original heritage plantation surrounded by farmlands.
The lodge has 12 rooms scattered in the lap of nature. The main building has a large well appointed room to offer with front and rear verandah.
The kitchen serves authentic home cooked buffet meals with fresh organically grown ingredients.
A well stocked library and board games are available in the main building.