Leaving Agra we were driven to a village called Jarar near the Chambal river. Here we stayed at the Chambal Safari Lodge.
After a very hectic few days ‘doing’ the Golden Triangle with a side excursion to see the tigers of Ranthambhore the Chambal SF was idyllic. We fell in love with this place from the moment we arrived and were shown to our room - Gharial. It’s the one of the biggest hotel rooms we’ve had with a huge bed a three piece suite a dressing room a large bathroom with the best shower we had over our whole India trip and then to top it off it had a small sun balcony leading on to our own private garden - just heavenly.
But it didn’t just end there - the whole experience felt very much like a home from home stay than a hotel stay. The staff were great, very friendly and helpful. The food was excellent and whilst the main courses were served buffet style there was a great variety - we stayed three nights and took breakfast, lunch and dinner each day (it’s quite remote so i don’t think you’ve have any other choice) and never had the same dishes twice during the stay. The chef and his staff went out of their way to makes sure you were happy with the food.
There are quite a few excursions that can be taken around the local area and whilst these were all explained to us we were under no pressure to partake of them. We did take two; one to the Chambal River which was just perfect - we saw a fantastic amount of wildlife and envoyed a cup of tea at sunset on the river and secondly we went to Bateshwar to visit the temples there - from the cleanest river in India to one of the dirtiest places in India but still an experience we wouldn't have missed.
The lodge has resident naturalists and we took a couple of short walks around the area with them them one in the morning when we ended up i n the local village enjoying a cup or two of chai and the other at night where we saw even more wildlife. At other times we just sat in the gardens reading and enjoying the wildlife which would come wandering past as you sat or just enjoying a cup of the on tap tea.
I can’t recommend Chambal highly enough. As I was lying relaxing there i though maybe a small swimming pool or a spa for a massage might improve it but having left i wouldn't change a thing. Heaven!
- 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
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