National Chambal Sanctuary, Rajasthan

National Chambal Sanctuary is also known as National Chambal Gharial Wildlife Sanctuary is a protected area in India. The National Chambal Sanctuary has been created to protect the critically endangered Gharial, Red-crowned Turtle, and the endangered Ganges Susan.

It was established in 1978 in the Tribindu region of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh on the Chambal River and covers an area of ​​5,400 sq km (2,100 sq mi). Within the sanctuary, the Chambal River in its original natural form passes through rugged gorges and hills and is home to many sandy banks with wildlife thriving.

The National Chambal Sanctuary starts from the Vindhya Range, along with the Chambal River it ends in the Yamuna River.

National Chambal Sanctuary

The National Chambal Sanctuary was established to protect the fauna and flora present here. Thousands of migratory birds can be seen here between November and March. There are more than 160 species of birds in the sanctuary. There are about 220 crocodiles, and 1650 alligators, apart from this there are turtles, fishes, and different types of aquatic creatures in the sanctuary.

On March 2, 2020, the Government of India declared the National Chambal Sanctuary as an eco-sensitive zone. Endangered alligators are found in this sanctuary.

Another offbeat option is boat safaris at the nearby National Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary at Palighat, 25 km from Sawai Madhopur.


Chambal Sanctuary comes under the Sawai Madhopur, KotaDholpur, and Karauli districts of Rajasthan. Its area is 280 sq km. It was declared a wildlife sanctuary by the Rajasthan state government in 1983. It is mainly known for gharials.

Its headquarter operates from Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan. Its administration system is in the hands of three states Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan. Established in 1979, the 400 km long Chambal river falls in the core area of ​​this sanctuary.

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