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Other than our Boat Safari for wildlife spotting, and jeep safaris for Sarus Cranes & Blackbuck, we offer a number of unique experiences that help visitors explore & understand the distinctive cultural and historical heritage of the Chambal region.

Camel Safari to Fort Ater

Located on the periphery of the National Chambal Sanctuary, Fort Ater is a magnificent ruin set in a desolate landscape. Our tourism initiative has been instrumental in prompting the process of restoration and the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has embarked on an ambitious project to restore the Fort.

The Camel Safari is operated with the help of local camel owners. The owners are mainly marginal famers and used their camels for ferrying illegally felled timber from the Sanctuary. Participation in the Camel Safari has provided them an alternative means of livelihood that generates a far better income for them and ensures their stake holding in the protection of the Sanctuary.

Visit to Bateshwar Temples

The ancient temple complex at Bateshwar on the river Yamuna, 10 km from the Chambal Safari Lodge, consists of more than a hundred temples dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva. The temples are an interesting hybrid of styles with ghats and walkways along the riverfront. The Maha Aarti on the temple ghats every full moon, is a new community based initiative. A heritage committee has been set-up with active participation from local bodies, administration and conservation experts to manage the historic site.

In early November, the open areas around the temple complex play host to an annual animal fair, the origins of which stretch into antiquity. The fair, the 2nd largest such fair in India (Sonepur in Bihar being the largest) coincides with the most auspicious period for praying at Bateshwar and is an important fixture for saints, sadhus, tradesmen and villagers.

Heritage walks

Heritage walks have been designed and successfully promoted taking in the ancient Temples and Ghats at Bateshwar, including the annual animal fair and the Maha-aarti ceremony on the ghats.

Holipura Interactive Village Walk

Holipura Village has many havelis dating from the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s. A fair number are still in the hands of the descendants of the original owners and retain a certain character and charm. Many of the havelis are fine examples of colonial architecture with ample Indian influences adapted to a rural scenario. As such they have a unique architectural blend and a beautiful synthesis of myriad traditions. The village, a stronghold of the Chaturvedi clan, has produced many scholars, politicians, administrators and professionals of repute. In order to increase local participation in eco-tourism related activities, walks have been started through the medieval village of Holipura, 10 minutes from the lodge. These interactive walks, are conducted by local villagers, and the plan is to include refreshments/meals prepared by the villagers as part of the experience in the coming season.

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About The Lodge

Chambal Safari Lodge

The Chambal Safari Lodge ‘Mela Kothi’ is a family run oasis of calm, tranquillity, and gracious hospitality, nestling in the midst of 35 sprawling acres of reclaimed woodland. The larger trees, some of which are over a century old, provide safe harbour, and the extensive grounds are home to over 198 species, such as palm civet cats, jungle cats, foxes, jungle hare, fruit bats, hedgehogs, nilgai and hyenas.

Established as a field camp in the late 1890s by the Zamindar of Jarar to conduct the annual cattle fair (Mela), the Mela Kothi and its stables have been meticulously restored and rechristened the Chambal Safari Lodge. Owned and managed by Ram Pratap and Anu, professionals who moved back to their ancestral farms in 1999 to work on their dream project: turning their inheritance into a charming eco-lodge, a haven for the eager explorer and weary traveller, alike.

The accommodation, in thirteen rooms/cottages scattered in the woodland, blend the charm of traditional features with the finest of contemporary conveniences and comforts. The ensuite A/C rooms/cottages are colourful, airy and spacious. The private sit-outs and verandahs, overlooking the woodland and fields, are ideal for lazing after the day's activities. The authentic home cooked meals, with fresh mainly organically grown ingredients, include local specialties that have been fine-tuned over generations.

The Lodge and its extensive grounds provide a relaxing environment and are a far cry from the hustle and chaos of modern cities. Wake-up to the birdsong of the barbets, have a meal under the trees with the koels and hornbills in attendance, spend the afternoon reading in a hammock with peacocks for company and end the day around a blazing bonfire under a star studded sky. All this, and more, whilst enjoying warm personalised hospitality and attention to detail.

With river, camel & jeep safaris, nature walks, and heritage trails, bicycle rides, visits to ancient temples, ruined forts, animal fairs, and a National Sanctuary, the Lodge offers visitors an opportunity to explore the unique biodiversity and cultural heritage of the Chambal Valley.

The Lodge undertakes and supports conservation, research and activism in the Chambal Valley, and is committed to the sustainable use of natural resources.

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Special Offer

For guests staying 3 nights, we will be happy to offer a complimentary safari of the guest’s choice.

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