National Chambal Gharial Sanctuary
The National Chambal Gharial Sanctuary in Sawai Madhopur is a fantastic tourist destination in Ranthambore. The Chambal River Safari in Ranthambore is an encounter with nature.Apart from the Ranthambore Jungle Safari, the Crocodile Safari or Chambal River Safari at the National Chambal Gharial Sanctuary is one of the best options. The Chambal River is a wonderful site at Palighat Ranthambore to explore the crocodile, Gharial, and amazing diversity of birdlife, where you can enjoy the interesting inhabitants by boat rides.
The National Chambal Gharial Sanctuary is located in Sawai Madhopur's Palighat Village, near the Chambal River. "Chambal," one of India's most beautiful rivers, is about 45 kilometres and an hour's drive from Ranthambore. It was famous in the 1970s for the dacoits. On December 7, 1979, the government gazetted the National Chambal Gharial Wildlife Sanctuary to protect the rare crocodile species of the Chambal River in Rajasthan. These rare crocodile species are known as Gharial, and there are fewer of them than tigers in the forest.
The National Chambal Sanctuary was established as a river sanctuary with a length of approximately 425 kilometres. The Chambal River sanctuary is about 2–6 kilometres wide on both sides. The National Chambal Sanctuary area spans three states: Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh. The Chambal River forms a primary state border near Ranthambore until Bhind, with Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh on one side and Madhya Pradesh on the other. This riverine sanctuary begins in Rajasthan at the Kota Barrage. The Chambal River flows through Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan's northern and southern regions. The Chambal River sanctuary is covered in the following section, which includes Morena in Madhya Pradesh and Dholpur in Rajasthan. In Rajasthan, the total sanctuary area is approximately 285 square kilometres.
The Gharial and the crocodile are the main draws of the National Chambal Sanctuary. If you are on a Ranthambore tour, the Chambal River is a wonderful tourist spot for exploring amphibians and aquatic animals in their natural habitat. The Chambal River is home to the endangered "Gharial" crocodile and the National Aquatic Animal Gangetic Dolphin.
Pali Ghat The Chambal River is a birdwatcher's paradise. The Chambal River Sanctuary currently has over 316 migrant and resident bird species in Ranthambore. Many bird species can be found in Ranthambore's Chambal River, including Indian skimmers, ruddy shelducks, bar-headed geese, Indian courser, black-bellied terns, black-necked stork, red-rested pochard, common crane, Ferruginous duck, Sarus crane, bar-headed goose, northern pintail, and common teal. There are also large nested colonies of Indian Skimmers, Great Stone-curlew, and lapwing at this location. The Indian Skimmer breeds in the Chambal River Sanctuary. The pallid harrier and lesser flamingo have also been seen in this area.
Aside from a diverse birds, Chambal Safari also features amphibians and aquatic animals. Marsh Crocodiles, Gharial, eight species of turtle, 30 species of fish, Smooth-coated otter, and Gangetic Dolphins are among them. Wild Boar, Blue Bull, Porcupine, Jungle Cat, Indian Hare, Indian Fox, Hyenas, and Golden Jackal are among the terrestrial mammals. The presence of an Indian wolf has been reported in the surrounding areas.
Palash (flame of the forest, Butea monosperma),khair (Acacia catechu),ber (Indian plum, Ziziphus mauritiana),churel (Indian elm tree, Holoptelia integrifolia), and babul are among the flora found near the Chambal river (Egyptian acacia or thorny acacia). The majority of the vegetation found near the Chambal River is small and thorny, with grass patches on both sides of the river.
From November to March is the best time to visit the National Chambal Gharial Sanctuary for a Chambal River Safari.
If you are in Ranthambore and looking for a unique and unforgettable jungle safari experience, there is nothing better than the Chambal River Safari in Pilighat. Bring binoculars and cameras on your Chambal River Safari because they will help you unravel the mystery of the Pali Ghat. A deliciously prepared traditional Rajasthani meal is served at sunset to satisfy your hunger, while you discuss the day's lucky finds around the campfire.
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