Chambal Safari Lodge
Chambal | First Class
This family-run property began life as a mansion in the late 1800’s used by traders attending the region’s biannual cattle fair. However, by the 1980’s the numbers visiting the fair had dwindled and the mansion was neglected. In the late 1990’s Ram Pratap Singh – great grandson of the original owner - and his wife Anu returned to the property, renovated and converted it into a homely, eco-friendly lodge.
Set within 35-acres of private plantation, surrounded by farmland, Chambal Safari Lodge comprises of six rooms in the main house and eight rooms in cottages dotted amidst the woodland. Accommodation interiors combine period furniture with modern amenities. Warm colours dominate the décor evoking the cosiness of a family home. Each room features a sit-out area, be it a private veranda or enclosed garden, for soaking up the winter sun. Dining is a central part of the lodge experience: you can expect home-cooked food prepared from age-old family recipes, using ingredients sourced from the local farmers. Meal times are a sociable event, as are the evening drinks around the campfire.
Spend your days exploring the extensive lodge grounds on a nature walk with one of the in-house naturalists who will be able to identify the 180+ species of resident birds. Or venture into the local village of Jahar for an insight into life in rural Uttar Pradesh – the villagers take great pride in showing visitors around. Nearby, the little-known National Chambal Sanctuary is home to the endangered gharial crocodile and the rare Gangetic river dolphin, as well as eight species of turtle, smooth-coated otters and an impressive list of over 300 species of birds. The best way to explore the sanctuary is by boat and Chambal Safari Lodge is one of only a handful of local organisations with a license to operate boats on the river. Jeep safaris are also possible – keep your eyes peeled for jungle cats and Indian striped hyenas.
Chambal Safari Lodge is committed to preserving the natural and cultural heritage of the Chambal Valley. The owners work closely with the WWF and Forest Department to encourage reforestation and wildlife conservation. They are also heavily involved in the local community: offering employment opportunities, using local craftsmen and indigenous materials and sourcing food directly from local farmers. As a guest of the lodge you can be confident that by staying here you’re giving back to the local environment and community.
We SayA tranquil oasis just one hour's drive from Agra.
Kunwar Ram Pratap Singh, Mela Kothi
- Your Accommodation
- 13 Rooms & cottages
- First Class room amenities
- Open 01 October – 30 April
- Eating & Drinking
- Dining room
- Tea & coffee served in the garden
- Campfire drinks
- Leisure & Relaxation
- Library & sitting room
- Guided river & jeep safaris
- Village walks
- Evening nature walks