A mere hour’s drive from the Taj Mahal, in the heart of the Chambal Valley, lies an oasis of tranquility nestling in sprawling acres of reclaimed woodland. Mela Kothi, a warm and welcoming haven for the eager explorer and weary traveler alike. Come prepared. This land will mesmerize you.
Price Starting From INR 6,599/- Per Person with Meals
The Accommodation combines the warmth of local homes with the comfort of modern amenities. Every effort has been made to make the lodge as eco-friendly and sympathetic to its surroundings as possible. The Lodge offers thirteen rooms/cottages.
HIGHLIGHTS OF CHAMBAL SAFARIS
With a rich heritage stretching back many millennia the Chambal Valley has much to offer and the Chambal Safari helps visitors discover the many facets of this ancient land. Accompanied by experienced local guides and naturalists, guests may explore the Chambal Valley at their own pace: on boats, jeeps, camels, or on foot.
The River Safari – Set against a stunning backdrop, framed by the ravines and sandbanks, the calm waters of the Chambal River are best explored on boats.
The Camel Safari – The Chambal Ravines hide many a secret within their folds, and camels are the ideal means for seeking them out.
Jeep Safari-Sarus Trail – The Sarus Crane Conservation Reserve starts around 30 km from the Chambal Safari Lodge, extending to about 100 km. It is a widespread wetland area, interspersed by cultivated fields, where, several species of wetland birds and raptors are also found along the course of this safari.
Jeep Safari-Blackbuck – The Blackbuck jeep safari heads southwest towards the countryside between the Chambal and Yamuna ravines, for excellent sightings of Blackbuck deer and numerous dry land birds including the Indian Courser.
PLACES TO VISIT AROUND THE CHAMBAL
Bateshwar Temples – The ancient settlement of Bateshwar is situated on a crescent bend of the river Yamuna, A timeless landscape, an unhurried pace, and the calm, positive vibe of heartfelt prayer.
Holipura Heritage Walk – Holipura village, located at the edge of the Yamuna Ravines, near Bateshwar, is a stronghold of the Chaturvedi clan who claim descent from the Greek soldiers of Alexander’s army. The interactive walkthrough Holipura is conducted by a member of the village community, culminating in refreshments at his home.
Bicycle Highway – The 207 km long bicycle highway, inaugurated in November 2016, is an innovative tourism and social outreach project, connecting 92 remote villages whilst offering an alternate means for visitors to access and discover the countryside. Starting from behind the Taj Mahal, looping past little-known monuments and hamlets including Holipura, Bateshwar, Chambal Sanctuary, the highway culminates at the Lion Safari project in Etawah. The access road to the Lodge is in fact a part of the Bicycle Highway. We organize special 2 day events for professional and amateur riders covering all or part of the highway, as well as gentler half day excursions for cycling clubs of all ages. Bicycles are available at the Lodge for those wishing to explore around the Lodge and further afield.
Rapri – The village of Rapri was a prominent revenue center during the Sultanate and Mughal period, beginning with its conquest by the Afghan invader Muhammad of Ghor in 1194 AD. The Idgah (Mosque) was built in 1312 AD by Malik Kafur (the eunuch slave who rose to become an eminent General of Sultan Ala-ud-Din Khilji).
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