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The river safari is a unique experience, unlike anything on the Indian wildlife circuit. The boat ride on the calm waters of the Chambal, combined with the dramatic landscape and close-up views of the amazing abundance of wildlife are the highlights of the river safari. The National Chambal Sanctuary is home to the Gharial, the rare and highly endangered Gangetic Dolphin, Marsh Crocodiles (Muggers), eight species of Turtles, Smooth Coated Otters, Indian Striped Hyenas, Jungle Cats, Golden Jackals, Indian Wolves and foxes amongst others. A birdwatcher's paradise, the sanctuary currently boasts of over 316 species of resident and migratory birds including large nesting colonies of the Indian Skimmer, the Greater Thick-knee, the Small Pratincole and Lapwings.
Bateshwar (Hindi: बटेश्वर) is a village in Agra District, on the banks of the river Yamuna in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, India. Bateshwar is in between Agra and Etawah and is 5 km from Bah. It is an important spiritual and cultural centre for Hindus and Jains. It is known for the 101 Shiv Temple Complex. An annual religious and animal fair is also organised in the village ground area.
The name Bateshwar is derived from the main Bateshwarnath Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva (Bateshwarnath Mahadev). As per the mythology and legends, here under a marvelous Banyan tree (Bat in Sanskrit), lord Shiva took rest for some time under that tree which is still standing at that place, the place hence came to be known as Bateshwar (i.e. Bat ishwar or The banyan lord).
One of the most famous and maginificent cities of ancient India, Shauripur used to cover the entire area from Hastinapur toMahthura city. The religious book ' Vayudev' validates the history of the foundation of Shauripur city. In the city there used to be two brave and powerful brothers - Shauri and Veer. Shauri laid the foundation of Shauripur city.
The son of Shauri was Andhakrishna. Naiminath,the 22nd Tirthankar was born here to the King Shri Samadra Vijay and his Queen Sitadevi. Today, Shauripur is considered to be an important place of pilgrimage for the Jains. Shauripur, 80 kms. Away from Agra, is surrounded by a dense forest teeming with funa and flora. To the East of this place are the seven big temples of theSvetambara Jain Samaj. With the passing of time, the city was destroyed. What stands today are the ruins in the dense forest, quietly reminiscent of its ancient glory.
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A festival is an event ordinarily celebrated by a community and centering on some characteristic aspect of that community and its religion or traditions. It is often marked as a local or national holiday, mela, or eid. Next to religion and folklore, a significant origin is agricultural. Food is such a vital resource that many festivals are associated with harvest time. Religious commemoration and thanksgiving for good harvests are blended in events that take place in autumn, such as Halloween in the northern hemisphere and Easter in the southern.
The state of Uttar Pradesh is popular for its rich spiritual legacy with the series of religious festivals celebrated across the state. The long list of festivals and fairs of the state includes the Bateshwar Fair on top of the list. The well known Bateshwar fair is held at Bateshwar, the spiritual and cultural center of the state. Bateshwar is located at a distance of 70 km. from Agra on the banks of river Yamuna. The place is named after presiding divine being of the place Bateshwar Mahadeo and has 108 temples, dedicated to the divine deities of the Hindu pantheon.
A great way to enjoy bird watching is by going to festivals—they're organized to get you to great birding spots at a great time of year, and they're a great way to meet people. Experts and locals help you see more birds, and you'll meet other visitors who share your hobby. While you're there, keep an eye out for Cornell Lab representatives, as we do attend several festivals each year.
Around 7:00 am you will be picked up from hotel and drive to Bateshwar (70 kms, One
hour 30 mins drive).
08:30 am – Arrive Jarar at Mela Kothi You will be welcomed at Mela Kothi and light refreshment will be served.
9:00 am – Proceed to Keinjara Ghat to enjoy the Chambal Wildlife safari in Chambal Sanctuary.
National Chambal Sanctuary spread across a sprawling landscape of 635 sq km, is a Tristate sanctuary lying in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and also Rajasthan. The sanctuary supports the highest population of some critically endangered species such as the Gharial (crocodile), the red-crowned roof turtle and our national aquatic animal, the Gangetic dolphins. The sparkling waters of Chambal River circulate within this sanctuary through ravines and beside the hills, creating an impeccable view of the wild.
Chambal Sanctuary was first designated as a protected area in 1979 in attempt to revive Gharial population from ongoing poaching. It covers a 400km stretch with 1 to 5 kms stretch of mud cliffs on both the sides of Chambal river ravines. Total area of 1235 sq km is protected under the National Chambal Sanctuary.
The Sanctuary currently boasts of 242 species of resident and migratory bird species, Marsh crocodiles (muggers), gharial (gavials), eight species of turtles, and Gangetic dolphins. We will leave the vehicles a kilometer before the Chambal river and ride on the Horse back to reach Chambal river.
At Chambal river, board the speed motor boat with a naturalist to explore the flora and fauna of the Chambal Sanctuary. We will cruise about 6 km downstream in the river to watch the wildlife of Chambal.
In 1979 a 400 km stretch of the river and up to 6 km wide swathes of the ravines on either side of the river was designated the National Chambal Sanctuary to provide protection for the critically endangered Gharial (Ghavial) crocodiles. Today the varied habitats of the sanctuary are home not only to the Gharial but to an amazing abundance of other wildlife, such as the rare and highly endangered Gangetic Dolphin, Marsh Crocodile (Muggers), eight species of Turtle, Smooth Coated Otter, Indian Striped Hyena, Jungle Cat, Golden Jackal, Indian Wolf and foxes amongst others.
A bird watcher's paradise, the Sanctuary currently boasts 311 species of resident and migratory birds including large numbers of the rare Indian Skimmer, Greater Thick-knee, Small Pratincole and Lapwings.
12:00 noon – We will get off from the boats and proceed to visit the Ater Fort on Camel Back. (Optional)
01:00 pm - We will get off from the boats and return to Mela Kothi for Lunch. (Packed Lunch from hotel in Agra will be served)
Optional : Lunch can be served on the sand dunes along the Chambal river. 2:30 pm: After Lunch, we will visit the Bateshwar group of Temples on the river Yamuna.
The name Bateshwar is derived from the main Bateshwarnath Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva (Bateshwarnath Mahadev). As per the mythology and legends, here under a marvelous Banyan tree (Bat in Sanskrit), lord Shiva took rest for some time under that tree which stile standing at that place, the place known as Bat-Ishwar; the banyan lord.
Since ages Bateshwar remained a renowned religious centre both for Hindu and Jain communities. In the epic MahabharatBateshwar is supposed to be referred as Shouripur a city of king Suresaine. It is known for 101 Shiv Temples built by Raja Badan Singh Bhadauria on a dam on the banks of Yamuna. Shaouripur, near Bateshwar, which is the birthplace of the 22nd Tirthankar of Jain faith, Lord Neminath.
Option exits to visit the Jain Temples at Shouripur (approx. 4 kms from Bateshwar)
5:00 pm – Depart from Bateshwar to Agra. (70 kms, 1 hour 30 mins drive).
6:30 pm – Arrive Agra
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