National Chambal Gharial Sanctuary

Situated in Sawai Madhopur, the National Chambal Gharial Sanctuary emerges as a captivating jewel within the realm of Ranthambore's tourist attractions. Offering a unique rendezvous with nature, the Chambal River Safari at this sanctuary stands out as a splendid alternative to the traditional Jungle Safari.

Historical Context and Location: Located in Palighat Village, Sawai Madhopur, adjacent to the serene banks of the Chambal River, this sanctuary holds historical significance. The Chambal River, approximately 45 kilometers from Ranthambore,was once infamous for dacoits in the 1970s. To safeguard the rare crocodile species inhabiting the river, the government declared the area a wildlife sanctuary on December 7, 1979, known as the National Chambal Gharial Wildlife Sanctuary.

Geographical Overview: Stretching over 425 km, the sanctuary boasts a width of 2-6 km on both sides of the Chambal River. Spanning across three states – Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh – the sanctuary forms a natural border between these regions. Starting from Kota Barrage in Rajasthan, the sanctuary follows the course of the Chambal River through Sawai Madhopur, Morena in Madhya Pradesh,
and Dholpur in Rajasthan.

Biodiversity and Attractions: The sanctuary's main attractions include the Gharial, thriving in their natural habitat. For wildlife enthusiasts on a Ranthambore tour, the Chambal River is a haven for exploring rare crocodile species, such as the Gharial, and the National Aquatic Animal, Gangetic Dolphin.
For bird lovers, Pali Ghat Chambal River is a paradise, boasting over 316 species of migrant and resident birds. From Indian Skimmers, Ruddy Shelducks, to the majestic
Indian Courser, the sanctuary is a vibrant canvas of avian diversity. Indian Skimmers, Great Stone-Curlew, and Lapwing form large nested colonies, enhancing the avian

River Safari Experience: During the Chambal Safari, visitors encounter a fascinating array of amphibians and aquatic animals, including Marsh Crocodiles, Gharial, various turtle species, Smooth-coated Otter, and Gangetic Dolphins. Terrestrial mammals, such as Wild Boar, Blue Bull, Jungle Cat, and Indian Fox, add to the sanctuary's rich biodiversity.

Flora and Sunset Experience: The flora surrounding the Chambal River includes Palash, Khair, Ber, Churel, and Babul, creating a picturesque landscape. The best time to embark on a Chambal River Safari is from November to March, offering favorable weather conditions.

For an unforgettable experience, explore the Pilighat during Chambal River Safari, armed with binoculars and cameras to unravel the mysteries of Pali Ghat.
To reserve your journey, reach out to our front desk team via intercom at extension 9 or contact our reservations team directly at +91-9116169001.