National Chambal Sanctuary is perhaps the only park in North India that is a tri-state entity. Located on Chambal river, the park sits on the tri-point of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. Interestingly, there’s hardly any industrial town in the vicinity which has essentially contributed to the river Chambal being one of North India’s cleanest rivers. That subsequently, has helped this place to be home to a vast array of fauna. Today, Chambal’s deadly predators are the critically endangered freshwater gharials and red-crowned roof turtles and endangered Ganges river dolphin.
There’s good news for enthusiastic bird-watchers as well; this is the most famous place to spot the threatened Indian skimmers. And between November and March, you can spot ample migratory birds, such as the ruddy shelducks and bar-headed geese. If you’re one for wildlife, Chambal Sanctuary is indeed a paradise to catch a glimpse of rare animal species. The sanctuary offers great peace and tranquility; there’s plenty of fresh air amidst lush green meadows.
The best thing to do here is enjoy a river safari in the afternoon. In the course of your boat ride, along with spotting many birds and aquatic animals, you’ll also get ample opportunities to click stunning photographs. Another thing to try is the camel safari in the ravines of Chambal; chase blackbucks with the setting sun; or simply take a nature walk.
The best time to visit is between October and March because the weather is exceptionally pleasant then, and the chances of spotting wildlife are much higher compared to the scorching summer. The nearest airport to the sanctuary is in Gwalior which is connected with regular flights from Delhi and Bhopal. The nearest railway station is also at Gwalior, though Agra station is also very close to the sanctuary. If you’re traveling by road, note that it’s quite a pleasant ride to Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary from Agra and Delhi.