Stayed here for 3 nights during our recent tour of Northern India. The lodge has extensive grounds and is situated well away from the main tourist areas and is therefore ideally suited for bird-watching. It's close proximity to the Chambal River also makes it the ideal place to stay for wildlife trips on the River Chambal, in particular to see Gharial, Mugger Crocodile and Indian River Dolphin. We managed to see all of them. Our river trips were arranged through the lodge. The accommodation is based in detached chalets spread throughout the grounds in separate glades with 4 chalets in each. No noise, very peaceful. The chalets are rustic but very well maintained and spotlessly clean, fresh drinking water (bottled) is provided daily free of charge. Although there's a warning re the possibility of power cuts, we only had a few short cuts during our stay. Meals are taken in the main reception - dining area or outside in the grounds. Breakfast for us was included, buffet style with hot food cooked freshly, omelette etc. Lunch and evening meals are served in the same area and are paid for separately, approximately 1000 rupees or £10 per person per meal, which to be honest was a bit expensive, but there's no alternative. Apart from one lunch we didn't bother for the next few days and only had dinner as we were out on the river or birding. There is intermittent free WiFi (dial up) at reception, but again to be honest it wasn't worth the effort. The lodge has resident wildlife guides (free) who will take you on nature walks and point out all the wildlife, very useful for the Night Walks during which we saw Palm Civet.In addition, instead of doing a second river trip we opted to do the Black Buck safari (recommended) A great place to stay for birding and the river wildlife. Highly Recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A family run eco-lodge nestling in 35 acres of reclaimed land. An oasis of peace, tranquility, and gracious hospitality. An opportunity to explore the Chambal Valley. River Safari for Gharials, Marsh crocodiles, Gangetic river dolphins, and Indian skimmers. Jeep safaris for Black-buck & Sarus cranes. Camel safari to Fort Ater, and excursions to the medieval temple complex at Bateshwar - site of the second largest animal fair in India (Sonepur in Bihar being the largest). Nature walks and village walks. ... more less