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Chambal Safari Lodge

Set in farmland, Chambal is a great place to experience rural Indian life and nature about one hour from Agra.

  • Enjoy a break from sightseeing
  • Join the guide for a nature walk 
  • Savour traditional and contemporary cuisine
  • Explore by boat and bike
  • Visit Jara village and temples at Bateshwar 

Also known as Mela Kothi and the Chambal River Lodge, the Chambal Safari Lodge is housed in an old colonial-era building which has been lovingly restored. Surrounded by a 35 acre plantation, a great deal of animal and birdlife can be seen in the gardens around the lodge, with nature walks led by resident naturalist guides. The trees around the lodge are home to colonies of flying foxes as well as civets, and shrikes, babblers and hornbills can be seen in the surrounding farmland.

The lodge has thirteen rooms made up of eight cottages in the grounds, one room in the main house, three suites and one room in separate buildings. All have decorated and furnisjhed with great care and attention to detail and are equipped with air conditioning, fans and hot and cold water. Electric supply in this rural part of India can be erratic, but generator power is provided in the mornings and evenings, and solar-powred lamps, candles and torches are available.

The lodge serves meals mostly prepared from their own and locally sourced organic farms, and many of the recipes are family favourites that have been handed down from generation to generation. The main house has sitting room, library and verandas which you're welcome to use, and there are several spots in the garden where you can enjoy tea and coffee. After dark the firepit is the main gathering place outdoors. 

A wide variety of activities are available from the lodge. The Chambal River is best explored by boat, with the lodge providing their own boats and expert boatmen to see the birds and animals in and around the river. Walking safaris can also be arranged on the banks of the river as well as the surrounding farmland. For a more cultural trip, you can also visit the rural villages around the lodge and nearby sites such as the ancient Bateshwar Temples, scene of the annual Bateshwar Fair each November, and Fort Atar.

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Client Rating for India 5/5 from 130 reviews

Loved it here. Accommodation in separate bungalows, lovely guides and lovely food. The sounds of the birds was just incredible.

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Chambal Safari Lodge

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Set in farmland, Chambal is a great place to experience rural Indian life and nature about one hour from Agra.

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