Straddling three states, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, the National Chambal Sanctuary protects 245 square miles (635 square km) of natural habitat where the Chambal and Yamuna Rivers meet.
Established in 1979 to protect the endangered Gharial crocodiles, the park is now home to a number of rare and endangered species, including the Ganges River dolphin, marsh crocodile, smooth-coated otter, Indian wold, Indian striped hyena and eight species of turtles. More than 300 species of resident and migratory birds have been spotted within the sanctuary.
Visitors hoping for a glimpse of river dolphins, crocodiles and other wildlife can do so on guided boat tours of the Chambal River. Nature trails wind along the river, offering further wildlife observation opportunities.
The National Chambal Sanctuary is located 43 miles (70 km) southeast of Agra. The best way to get there is by guided tour or private car.