The rare gangetic dolphin is the main attraction of National Chambal Sanctuary. The other inhabitants of this sanctuary are magar (crocodile) and gharial (alligator), chinkara, sambar, nilgai, wolf and wild boar. Founded in 1979 the sanctuary is a part of a large area co-administered by Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. The endangered Gharial finds a home in the National Chambal Sanctuary in UP, with its friend, the Ganges River Dolphin. The National Chambal Sanctuary in UP is a natural reservoir for the marsh crocodiles, swimming eagerly and often prying for prey, at shore while basing in the sun. Stretching for 400 kilometers, the transparent lake of National Chambal Sanctuary in UP also houses the Smooth Coated Otters. These are fresh water carnivores with webbed and clawed feet and thick brown fur. To protect the animals from the harmful effects of modern civilization and their subsequent replenishment, the National Chambal Sanctuary was set up in Uttar Pradesh.
The animals found here were almost on the verge of extinction when they found a natural home here, against the advancing civilization which posed a threat to their existence. 6 species of Terrapins are found here, these are the web footed turtles, found mainly in brackish water. It is natural that such a large sanctuary would have a large river or lake to quench the thirst of the abundant animals found here. The avian attraction at National Chambal Sanctuary in UP consists mainly of Black tailed Terns, Red-crested and Ferruginous Pochards, Indian Courser, Pallas's Fish. The Chambal River that waters the National Chambal Sanctuary in UP originates in Kota in Rajasthan, and finally merges with river Yamuna at Bhareh. From dusty ravines to rocky falls this river leaps and bounds through many a ravine to come here ultimately. Eagle, Pallid Harrier, Greater and Lesser Flamingos which are Large pink to scarlet web-footed wading birds, with down-bent bills, which inhabit brackish lakes, Darters which are Fish-eating birds, residing in warm inland waters having a long flexible necks and slender sharp-pointed bills, Bar-headed Goose, Sarus Crane and Great Thick-knee.
Best Period to see
November to March
How to obtain there
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