Forest and Wildlife Department,

Government of Uttar Pradesh, India

Chambal Wild Life Sanctuary

National Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary

Originating in the Vindhayan ranges in M.P. the Chambal River snakes its way thought the states of M.P. Rajasthan and U.P. before finally meeting the Yamuna in the Etawah district of U.P. Its rich bio-diversity ensured that it was declared a National Sancturary in 1979 with its total area spanning across the three states of M.P. Rajasthan & U.P. The last bastion for some of the country’s most endangerd wildlife like the Gharial, Muggar, Turtles, Otter and the fresh water Dolphin, the Chambal region also boasts of a wide variety of aquatic and terrestrial bird.

After rampant poaching and fishing almost wiped out the Gharial population from the country in the 70’s, captive breeding and reintroduction programme was started. Chambal was chosen as one of the main areas for reintroduction the species back in to the wild. The Chambal Sanctuary in U.P. covers an area of 635 sq. kms.

Spread over the Agra and Etawah districts, and a total of 290 different species of migratory and resident birds have been identified in the region so far. Winter is the best time to visit the sanctuary. A boat ride in its tranquil waters during this time is an exhilarating experience with spectaculars sightings of the big reptiles basking along the 180kms. Sparkling sand stretches in the morning sun. but the main draw of the santuray are of course the Flamingoes that arrive here in November and stay till May. The Rudy Shelduck Also arrives a little earlier in September & stays here till May. The Indian Skimmers have Huge Colonies in the sanctuary and bred prolifically here.