Mela Kothi — Chambal Safari Lodge
Chambal Sanctuary, India
A nature lover's paradise, this family-owned property is run and owned by birding enthusiast and conservationist Ram Pratap Singh, and his wife Anu. The lodge is set within a sprawling 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 to stay.
The property offers rooms and cottages, all with either a sit-out or veranda which overlooks the fields or woodland. The main house has a cozy sitting room, a library and a bar, providing a comfortable home-away-from-home. Mela Kothi — Chambal Safari Lodge team takes pride in providing personal attention to all their guests, allowing 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.
Mela Kothi — 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've also helped to 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 Singhs' own foundation has funded over 20,000 children from Agra and rural schools near the sanctuary to participate in environment awareness events, including talks, essays and quiz competitions, as well as visits to protected areas near Agra, including the National Chambal Sanctuary.
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