Excursion to National Chambal Gharial Wildlife Sanctuary near Dholpur

A GHARIAL SANCTUARY..

Gharial

Raj Niwas Palace , Dholpur is an ideal base for exploring the National Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary and surrounding areas, with excursions designed to appeal to everyone, from the serious birder to the wildlife enthusiasts.

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Let’s explore National Chambal Sanctuary, which is also called the National Chambal Gharial Wildlife Sanctuary, is a 5,400 km2 (2,100 sq mi) tri-state protected areas in northern India for the critically endangered gharial (small crocodiles), the red-crowned roof turtle and the endangered gangatic river dolphin. Located on the Chambal river near the tripoint of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, it was first declared in Madhya Pradesh in 1978 and now constitutes a long narrow eco-reserve co-administered by the three states. Within the sanctuary the pristine Chambal River cuts through mazes of ravines and hills with many sandy beaches. It is a legendary river and finds mention in ancient scriptures. The perennial Chambal originates at Manpura, south of Mhow town, near Indore, on the south slope of the Vindhya Range in Madhya Pradesh. The Chambal and its tributaries drain the Malwa region of northwestern Madhya Pradesh, while its tributary, the Banas, which rises in the Aravalli Range, drains southeastern Rajasthan. It ends a confluence of five rivers, including the Chambal, Kwari, Yamuna, Sind, Pahuj, at Pachnada near Bhareh in Uttar Pradesh state, at the border of Bhind and Etawah districts. National Chambal Sanctuary offers good sighting opportunities for Gharial and Dolphins. The beautiful and diverse landscape of Chambal is also ideal for birdwatchers, with over 350 recorded species, including the skimmers, black-bellied terns, sarus cranes and black-necked storks.

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