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Chambal

The Chambal River remains one of north India's most unpolluted rivers, home to a rich diversity of flora and fauna. National Chambal (Gharial) Wildlife Sanctuary contains the rare Ganges river dolphin. Approximately 400 km of the river is within the reserve. Apart from the Ganges river dolphin, the other inhabitants of the sanctuary include mugger crocodiles and gharial (Gavialisgangeticus). Migratory birds from Siberia form its rich avian fauna. National Chambal Sanctuary is one of the last surviving habitats of the Gangetic River Dolphins, a veritable haven for 1200 Gharials, 300 Marsh Crocodiles, eight species of Turtles and the Smooth-coated Otters. The Sanctuary boasts of a rapidly increasing and impressive bird list of over 330 species of resident and migratory birds.

The Chambal Valley with a rich heritage stretching back many millennia, offers several ways to discover the many facets of this ancient land accompanied by experienced local guides and naturalists on boats, jeeps, camels or on foot.

The unique river cruise on River Chambal allows sailing through ravines providing encounters with Ghariyals and Crocodiles. The river safari through the Chambal riverbanks is a birdwatcher's paradise and also provides spectacular opportunities to view the wildlife. The calm water of Chambal River are best explored on boats experiencing the magnificent Ravines on one side of the bank and happening wildlife on the expanse of the river on the other side.

Some of the major attractions you must visit while exploring the ravines of Chambal Valley are – Bateshwar Temples, Machkund Temple and Quila Pratap.

Bateshwar Temples situated on the crescent bend of River Yamuna showcase a multitude of architectural styles, time periods and historical events that are reflected in more than 40 temples dedicated to the glory of Shiva glisten pearly white along the ghats of the river. The areas around the Bateshwar Temples are also a venue for the 2nd largest animal fair in the country held in October-November, the origins of which stretch into antiquity. This colourful pageant of rural India commences after ten days of animal trading and a lull of 4-5 days. This period is supposed to be the most auspicious time for offering prayers at Bateshwar and is an important fixture for saints, sadhus, tradesmen and villagers.

Machkund Temple is a very beautiful and a sacred place with a very peaceful and serene environment all around it. This place is said to be named after the Raja Machch Kund. This temple is situated on the banks of River Chambal, and thus, has a beautiful scenic beauty.

Quila Pratap, established by the 'Chauhans', has ruins dating back from the 13th-19th century. Currently under restoration and renovation for adaptive re-use as a heritage hotel, Quila Pratap will open its doors in early 2017 as an exclusive seven-suite property. Strategically situated atop the ravines, the blue waters of the Yamuna offset by the rugged hue of the behad (ravines), Quila Pratap will be an ideal spot to rest and recuperate for the visitors.

It's time for you to take a break and visit this astonishing place which offers you a delightful experience in the most stupendous form.