Of Ghariyals and Dolphins: Explore the National Chambal Sanctuary, a 4-hour drive from Kanpur

Of Ghariyals and Dolphins: Explore the National Chambal Sanctuary, a 4-hour drive from Kanpur

The sanctuary is home to the critically endangered small crocodiles called Ghariyal.

Situated on the Chambal River, the National Chambal Sanctuary is spread across an area of 5,400 sq km. Owing to the fact that it stretches across the three states, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, they have partnered to look after this gem of an ecotourism spot. The sanctuary's breathtaking beauty, coupled with the majestic creatures it is home to, make it the perfect weekend getaway from Kanpur.

What are the main attractions of National Chambal Sanctuary?

Apart from the Ghariyal, the National Chambal Sanctuary is also home to the endangered Gangetic Dolphins and the red-crowned roof turtles. In addition to that, approximately 330 species of birds also frequent this pristine sanctuary. If you're in luck, you might also spot colonies of the Indian Skimmers nesting within the sanctuary.

The graceful Flamingo and the Rudy Shelduck also stay at the sanctuary between September and May. The largely untouched terrain of this ecotourism spot near Kanpur, with resting reptiles dotting the waters and migratory birds perched on little islands, is a fascinating site. Bird spotting, boating and watching ghariyals and marsh crocodiles basking in the sun are top attractions at the sanctuary.

How to reach National Chambal Sanctuary?

The quickest way to reach the National Chambal Sanctuary from Kanpur is to take a train to Etawah and a cab from thereon to your accommodation near the sanctuary. This will take you around two and a half hours to reach your destination and cost you somewhere between ₹900 to ₹1,800.

If you wish to take your own vehicle, you can easily reach the NCS in 3 to 4 hours, which will cost you around ₹3,000 to ₹4,000.

A day here is enough for you to explore the vibrant wildlife and fabulous natural beauty of the sanctuary, but you can definitely stay on for longer. And in order to witness the best of wildlife activity at the place, you should visit between November and March.

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