The rarely explored Chambal Valley, just an hour from Agra is a beautiful area complete withstunning landscapes, wildlife, ancient fortresses & crumbling ruins. The Chambal Sanctuary itself is formed from India’s better preserved rivers which has carved an incredible maze of intertwining mud cliffs, with tropical dry scrub forest vegetation, that provides shelter for numerous birds, mammals and reptiles.It is one of the last surviving habitats of the Gangetic River Dolphin as well as providing protection for 1200 Gharials & 300 Marsh Crocodiles, eight species of turtles as well as smooth coated otters. The Sanctuary also boasts a rapidly increasing and impressive bird list of over 330 species of resident and migratory birds and is gaining a reputation as one of the most reliable places to see the Indian Skimmer. A boat ride down the river is a fun way to explore the wildlife of the area.
Also not to be missed is the ancient temple complex at Bateshwar consisting of more than a hundred temples dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva. The ravines surrounding the temples and river are home to a number of Naga sadhus (snake worshiping ascetics) who live in carved out caves and temples within the mud walls.