Accommodation – Near Agra, India
The Chambal Safari Lodge is a friendly, family-owned property set within a sprawling 35-acre heritage plantation. Although simple, the accommodation is clean and every effort has been made to make this lodge as eco-friendly and sympathetic to its surroundings as possible.
A nature lover’s paradise this family-owned property is run and owned by birding enthusiast and conservationists Ram Pratap Singh and his wife Anu. The Lodge is set within a sprawling 35acre heritage plantation, surrounded by the family’s farmland.
Traditionally used as the family’s base for their annual Cattle Fair (established in 1910), this property has been restored after decades of neglect and is a warm friendly place. The property has two room categories, 6 luxury rooms which are in the main house and 8 cottages which are split across two separate cottage blocks within the woodland surrounding the main house. Each cottage and luxury room has a sit-out/ verandah overlooking either farm or woodland. The main house has a cosy sitting room, library and bar. The Chambal Safari Lodge team takes pride in providing personal attention to all their guests, and allows you to explore at your own pace. While staying here you can do as much or as little as you like. You could take a relaxing cruise on the nearby river, explore Shiva temples, or go for a walk through the family’s ancestral village and farm.
Chambal Safari Lodge is active in promoting conservation and environment management projects, contributing part of the proceeds from their safaris for the upkeep of these projects. Indigenous trees and shrubs are planted every year to supplement the existing growth, they have helped create check-dams in the ravines and large ponds for collecting and storing rainwater, the generator is run only in the mornings and evenings to ensure a supply of hot water. Hurricane lamps and candles are used at night. The majority of the team belong to the local community. In the last couple of years the Singh’s own foundation funded 20,000 children from Agra and rural schools near the Sanctuary to participate in environment awareness events, which included talks, essay and quiz competitions, and visits to protected areas near Agra, including the National Chambal Sanctuary.
Chambal Safari Lodge