The Chambal safari takes you through the Chambal sanctuary, which is administered by three states, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. Established in 1979, the sanctuary encompasses the 400 kilometers stretch of the Chambal River and covers an area of 1235 sq. km around the river.
The Chambal Sanctuary is also known as the National Chambal Gharial Wildlife Sanctuary and serves as the protection area for the endangered gharial (crocodile).
Chambal River is one of the most pristine rivers in India. It has remained unpolluted largely because its origin is considered ‘unholy.’ Legend has it that the river originated from the blood of thousands of cows that were sacrificed by King Rantideva. This has kept the people well out of the way leaving the waters for reptiles and birds.
The Chambal Sanctuary is also a listed sanctuary for birds and attracts more than 330 species of resident and migratory birds and the number of birds keeps increasing every year.