If you are from Delhi, it’s possible that you like to go on weekend getaways to the neighbouring destinations. You have possibly been to Shimla, you have possibly been to Manali, or you have possibly been to Jim Corbett National Park. But have you ever taken a four-hour drive to place where you can see Gangetic Dolphins, alligators, crocodiles and migratory all at one place? We have actually discovered a destination which has them all, and in addition to that, there is a beautiful river, and there are boat rides, pristine riverbanks and a lot more. Any guesses which that place is?
We are talking about the Chambal Valley. Yes, it’s the same place which was infamous for the legends of dacoits like Paan Singh Tomar. Don’t worry, neither Paan Singh Tomar nor his gang of dacoits can be found within the ravines of Chambal anymore. Today, the Chambal Valley is a place which is still pristine and untouched by the evils of tourism. Offbeat and lesser-known, Chambal is far from the madding crowd of tourists, but that’s not the only thing that makes it a unique place to be. There’s a forest, there are ravines, there are beautiful riverbanks, and there’s the Chambal River with all of its amazing wildlife.
Dolphins and Alligators
Being a Delhiite, it’s possible that you have been to the Jim Corbett National Park and experienced a jungle safari, wherein you have tried your best to spot a tiger. But what if I told you that there’s a safari in which you can spot crocodiles, alligators, migratory birds, and of course, Gangetic Dolphins. If that sounds exciting to you, hop on your car and take a 4-hour drive to Chambal, where you can go on the Chambal River Safari. And no doughnuts for guessing, that’s the safari which will assure of these sightings.
Interestingly, dolphin isn’t the only thing that can make your Chambal River Safari worthwhile. Alligators (fish-eating crocodiles) and crocodiles are in plenty to make your wildlife experience of Chambal Valley a memorable one. And in case, you are a fan of the avifaunal species, there are several migratory birds to see in this region.
Experience the heritage of Chambal Valley
The areas adjoining the banks of the ancient Chambal River have been the home of many a legends and historical events. It was on the banks of this river that the infamous game of dice was played out between the Kauravas and Pandavas. It is believed that it’s the Chambal River which was cursed to be a mute witness to the humiliation of Draupadi over a game of dice.
Apart from these legends, the Chambal Valley also gave refuge to Rajputs, who sought asylum within the ravines of this place when they were chased away from their homes by the Mughal rulers of the time. Later on, the Chambal region became the home to infamous dacoits who claimed it their home for decades.
What remains now is the Chambal River, its pristine banks and a unique wildlife population that can be best explored when a traveller visits this part of the country having a few days in hand. Drive through the ravines, visit the banks, experience the river safari and get to know the history and legends—that’s how a traveller must experience the Chambal Valley.
For the avid travellers, there are places Bateshwar with its 108 ancient Shiva temples and places like Ater Fort where history resides deep within the walls of an ancient monument.
Enjoy an experiential stay
When you travel to a place like Chambal, it’s important that you stay in a place that offers you an authentic feel of the destination—even when you are there inside your room. V Resorts Chambal Paradise is that place to stay in the Chambal Valley which can offer travellers experiences like no other. Set amidst the charming wilderness and ravines of Chambal, this resort is home to garden-facing rooms, ample of open space for the travellers to soak in the charms of the destination.
What really makes V Resorts Chambal Paradise so special is the way it ensures that a traveller gets to experience the inherent charms of the Chambal Valley. Apart from being an expert in guiding you through all of your experiences in Chambal, there are some exclusive experiences that the resort offers. There’s a Bush Dinner experience which ensures that you get to sample on delicious dishes from the local cuisine at a spot teeming with the natural beauty that the Chambal Valley is known for; there’s a Picnic experience at Nandgaon Ghat which ensures that you get to have your favourite cup of tea and munch on lip-smacking snacks while enjoying a stunning sunset across the Chambal River from one of its pristine banks; and then there are a few more experiences that can make avid travellers experience the Chambal Valley better than anyone else.