Chambal Safari Lodge

Agra, Delhi and the North, India

At a Glance

  • Ideal for bird and wildlife enthusiasts - the Yamuna River, just a few miles away is a sanctuary for marsh crocodiles, gharial, ten types of turtle, numerous unique bird species and rare gangetic river dolphin

  • A peaceful and relaxing retreat with 35 acres of private land to explore

  • Attractive heritage style rooms

  • Excellent locally sourced and produced food

  • Just an hour from the Taj so easy to combine with a visit

  • Charming and knowledgeable hosts

  • Temples and culture in the local town of Bateshwar

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Due to temperatures and precipitation, Delhi and much of northern India can be an extreme place to visit during certain months of the year. The hottest months of the year are May and June, during which time temperatures can get up to 40°C. The coldest months are from December until February whilst the monsoon season is from the end of May through to August. During this time although the the temperature cools, the humidity is very high, and rainstorms are frequent. It is not advised to visit during these months. The best season to visit is between October and March when the weather is pleasant and very cool, making it great for sightseeing.

Please note that Chambal Safari Lodge is closed from May until October each year.

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Your hosts like to get out on the river for the wildlife cruise quite early as morning time when the mist clears is the best time to see the animals. However, it can be quite cool at this time of day so make sure you pack something warm!

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Chambal Safari Lodge is a refurbished family estate, with extensive grounds, tastefully restored interiors and warm welcoming staff. Its proximity to the Yamuna River makes it a great choice for spotting a range of fascinating and unique local wildlife.

Chambal Safari Lodge is located about an hour from Agra and can easily be combined with a day trip to the Taj Mahal.

Set in thirty five acres of private land, the estate was first used as an occasional home for family and friends when visiting and trading at the nearby Bateshwar Livestock fair which still runs to this day, every November. The property was refurbished by the current owners and is split into a charming main building which houses six luxury rooms and eight cottages surrounded by woodland.

The main building, Mela Kothi, houses the dining room, bar and a small library. Breakfast is served in the main house, and lunch often on the lawn in front of the house. The owners consider themselves real foodies and take pride in making delicious, home cooked food for their guests.

Other than the relaxing atmosphere of the lodge, the primary reason for a visit to Chambal is the unique range of wildlife found there. The grounds themselves are home to Palm Civet Cats, Jungle Cats, Foxes, Jungle Hares and Fruit Bats whilst just down the road Marsh Crocodiles, Garial, Turtles, a huge number of species of birds and even rare Gangetic Dolphins can be found in the Yamuna River. Chambal Safari Lodge is one of only a couple of local organizations to have a licence to take guests on to the river, so its a real privilege to head out by boat in the early morning with a guide. Alternatively, take a trip to Bateshwar with your hosts, it is a fascinating little town and feels very off the beaten track.

Please note that Chambal Safari Lodge is closed from May until October each year.

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Chambal Safari Lodge has thirteen rooms in total. We recommend the rooms in the main house. The period furniture and furnishings remind you of the heritage of the building and give them an elegant feel.


Children are welcome to come and stay at Chambal Safari Lodge but please be aware there are no specific facilities available for them.


Buffet meals are served to guests, prepared for by the chef and his team. Tea and coffee are available throughout the day for you to enjoy in the garden. There are also several board games available to guests in the library. A cricket set is put to good use throughout the season.


Guests staying at Chambal Safari Lodge can enjoy a River Safari in National Chambal Sanctuary, just 22km drive from the Chambal Safari Lodge.



Daniel Smith (Staff)

I was lucky enough spend a couple of nights at Chambal, and stayed in one of the luxury rooms in the main house. The hosts are really friendly and their attentiveness certainly adds to the personalized feel of the lodge. Heading out on the river at first light is a real experience and the fact that there were no other tourists there made it feel really special.


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Agra, Delhi and the North, India

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