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In pictures: Tales from the banks of India’s Chambal River

November 28, 2013

Chugging up the Chambal River from Nandgaon Ghat, where all manner of wildlife can be spotted, including the endangered gharials, a species of crocodile that is unique to the subcontinent, turtles and a variety of bird life. Photo by Amar Grover
Chugging up the Chambal River from Nandgaon Ghat, where all manner of wildlife can be spotted, including the endangered gharials, a species of crocodile that is unique to the subcontinent, turtles and a variety of bird life. Photo by Amar Grover
Its allure is boosted by prolific bird life, an unusually (for India) clean, undeveloped river and the enigmatic Chambal ravines, while the Lodge’s comfort takes the edge off the region’s earthiness. Courtesy: Chambal Safari Lodge
Its allure is boosted by prolific bird life, an unusually (for India) clean, undeveloped river and the enigmatic Chambal ravines, while the Lodge’s comfort takes the edge off the region’s earthiness. Courtesy: Chambal Safari Lodge
A marsh crocodile in Chambal River. Courtesy: Chambal Safari Lodge
A marsh crocodile in Chambal River. Courtesy: Chambal Safari Lodge
Indian Skimmers in Chambal River. Photo by Eling Lee
Indian Skimmers in Chambal River. Photo by Eling Lee
Despite intensive conservation efforts, the gharial population has plummeted catastrophically in recent years – but may now just about be clawing back. Courtesy: Chambal Safari Lodge
Despite intensive conservation efforts, the gharial population has plummeted catastrophically in recent years – but may now just about be clawing back. Courtesy: Chambal Safari Lodge
The Lodge’s river safaris typically operate during early mornings and late afternoons, the best times for spotting wildlife, especially birds – the NCS has about 200 species. Courtesy: Chambal Safari Lodge
The Lodge’s river safaris typically operate during early mornings and late afternoons, the best times for spotting wildlife, especially birds – the NCS has about 200 species. Courtesy: Chambal Safari Lodge
The Imli Kothi Luxury Suite at Chambal Safari Lodge. Courtesy: Chambal Safari Lodge
The Imli Kothi Luxury Suite at Chambal Safari Lodge. Courtesy: Chambal Safari Lodge
Bateshwar temples. It is an auspicious spot, a kind of low-key Varanasi, with a hundred or so whitewashed riverside shrines and temples with bathing ghats, or steps, leading down to the water. Courtesy: Chambal Safari Lodge
Bateshwar temples. It is an auspicious spot, a kind of low-key Varanasi, with a hundred or so whitewashed riverside shrines and temples with bathing ghats, or steps, leading down to the water. Courtesy: Chambal Safari Lodge

Rural Uttar Pradesh is not the most obvious place for a tourist, but just as India’s burgeoning economy ushers new opportunities, so its vast countryside offers alternatives for travellers who have already visited the area’s much-trammelled hot spots.