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Origin Of Chambal River

Chambal River
The Chambal River is a tributary of the Yamuna River in central India. The river flows north-northeast through Madhya Pradesh, running for a time through Rajasthan, then forming the boundary between Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh before turning southeast to join the Yamuna in Uttar Pradesh state. It is a perennial river and originates at Manpura, south of Mhow town, near Indore, on the south slope of the Vindhya Range in Madhya Pradesh. The Chambal and its tributaries drain the Malwa region of northwestern Madhya Pradesh, while its tributary, the Banas, which rises in the Aravalli Range, drains southeastern Rajasthan. The Chambal ends a confluence of five rivers, including the Chambal, Kwari, Yamuna, Sind, Pahuj, at Pachnada near Bhareh in Uttar Pradesh state, at the border of Bhind and Etawah districts.

National Chambal (Gharial) Wildlife Sanctuary

National Chambal (Gharial) Wildlife Sanctuary
The Chambal River remains one of North India’s most unpolluted rivers, home to a rich diversity of flora and fauna. National Chambal (Gharial) Wildlife Sanctuary is famous for the rare Ganges river dolphin. The sanctuary was founded in 1978 and is part of a large area co-administered by Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, within area of 5,400 km². Approximately 400 km of the river is within the reserve. Apart from the Ganges river dolphin, the other inhabitants of the sanctuary include magar (crocodile) and gharial (Gavialis gangeticus). Migratory birds from Siberia form its rich avian fauna. In November 2007, Officials and rangers of the Uttar Pradesh Forest Department released 40 alligators into the River to increase the number of endangered species of alligators.

Gandhi Sagar dam

Gandhi Sagar dam
The Gandhi Sagar dam is the first of the four dams built on the Chambal river. It is located in the Mandsaur district of Madhya Pradesh. It is a 64 metre high masonry gravity dam, with a live storage capacity of 6,920 Mm³ and a catchment area of 22,584 km². The dam was completed in the year 1960. The hydro-power station comprises five generating units of 23 MW capacity each. The water released after power generation is utilised for irrigation through Kota Barrage.

Rana Pratap Sagar dam

Rana Pratap Sagar dam
Rana Pratap Sagar dam, situated 52 km downstream of Gandhi Sagar Dam, is constructed across the river Chambal in Rajasthan. This straight masonry gravity structure has a height of 54 m. The power house, located on the left side of the spillway, has 4 units. With a live storage capacity of 1,566 Mm3, the dam has a total catchment area of 24,864 sq km.

Jawahar Sagar Dam

Jawahar Sagar Dam
Jawahar Sagar Dam, built across the Chambal River, is located about 35 km from Kota. Built in 1972, this concrete gravity dam, 45 meter high and 393 m long, generates about 60 MW of power. The total catchment area of the dam is about 27,195 sq km.






Darrah Wildlife Sanctuary

The Darrah sanctuary is spread over an area of 250 sq. kms and is strategically located 50 kms. away from the town of Kota.In the days of yore, Darrah sanctuary used to be the royal hunting ground of the erstwhile maharaja of Kota. This sanctuary is densely wooded and is spread over a hilly terrain.The Darrah sanctuary was officially declared as a protected area in 1955. Some of the resident species of this mysterious sanctuary are wolf, cheetah, nilgai, deer and wild boar. The Forest Department runs a Rest House at Darrah sanctuary but the amenities are basic and at best sketchy.

National Chambal Gharial Sanctuary

It is a rare riverine sanctuary of India. The length and the bank of the Chambal river between Jawahar sagar dam in Rajasthan and pachnada in Uttar Pradesh were accorded with sanctuary status with express purpose of protecting two of the rarest crocodilian species. The highly endangered Marsh crocodile and endemic Indian Indian Gharial have ever since flourished in the river. They may be esily sighted between Jawahar sagar dam and Kota barrage by taking a boat ride, which is run by Cygnus Adventure Tours. The luxuriant evergreen river valley flora is impenetrable due to Bamboo thickets and Cypress. The wild plantain has been found in the valley. The panther, Sloth bear, Hyena, Blue bull, Chinkara, Porcupine are usually seen on the river banks. The bank Great horned owl, Dusky horned owl, vulture species, Storks, Cormorants, Darter, Osprey and many other bird species inhabit the sanctuary.

Sanctuary Kota and Around, Dara, Ramgarh, Shergarh Sanctuary

Its a Wildlife sanctuary, loacted at Village Shergarh, Baran. Have 98.70 Sq.kms. area. You can see Wild animals, Birdsand Fort and natural surroundings. The principal species are Dhok (Anngoeissus pendula), Khair (Acacia catechu), Teak (Tectona grandis). Other species include Babool , Ber ,Salar ,Khirni etc.The fauna includes Leopard, Hyena, Wild boar, Chital, Sambhar, Chinkara, Sloth bearl etc.

Bird watching in Hadoti

The Dams, Reservoirs, Tanks land Rivers of Hadoti offer some excellent Bird watching opportunities. The reservoir of Kota barrage, Rana Pratap sagar dam are huge wetlands and support a healthy population of resident and migratory birds. The medium sized dams of Bardha, Alniya, Sawan Bhado and Abheda, Ranpur, Hindoli, Girdharpura, Sorsan, Kanaksagar, tanks can be easily reached from Kota and Bundi. The environment of these places is peaceful and well over 110 species of water birds have been reported from here. Darrah, Ramgarh, Vishdhari, Shergarh sanctuaries are known to have rich avian diversity of forest loving birds. The Painted stork breeding colony of Udpuria village is worth a visit during winter months when the whole area is abuzz with the calls of hundreds of chicks and juveniles competing with each other for food and parental attention

Sorsan Great Indian Bustard Hunting Closed Area

It is situated in Baran district and can be easily approached from Kota. It has undulating grassland which is ideal for Great Indian bustard, Chinkara and blue buck. Abullock cart takes you in the Closed area, where one gets to see the herds of Chinkara and Black bucks. It is a Bird watchers paradise as over 100 species of bird have been recorded from this area besides rare Great Indian bustard and Houbara bustard. The temple of Brahmani mata also attracts large number of devotees and a fair is held during auspicious days.


Sitabari is an ideal picnic spot, situated about 45Km from Baran in Kelwara kasba on National Highway road connecting Shivpuri-Gwalior. This is a holy worship place. It is well known in the area that 'Sita mata' has lived in this place after being left-out by Bhagwan Ram. This place is also known as the birth-place of Lav & Kush. There are several Kunds in Sitabari namely Balmiki Kund, Sita Kund, Laxman Kund, Surya Kund, Lav-Kush Kund. Sita-Kuti is also situated in the forest area near the temple. The tribal Sahariya fair is held at this place in the May/June every year.


Kakoni is situated about 85 Km. from Baran district Headquarters in the Chhipabarod Tehsil. It is surrounded by the Mukundra mountain ranges and on the bank of Parwan river. It is said that the temples at Kakoni are built in 8th century. These are the remains of the 'Vaishnav', 'Shiv' and 'Jain' temples. About 60% statues of the Kakoni temples are kept in the Museums at Kota and Jhalawar districts. Archaeological department has announced the place as secure since 1970.

Ramgarh - Bhand Devra Temple

Ramgarh-Bhand Devra temples are situated about 40 Km. from Baran. The Shiv Mandir of Ramgarh was built in 10th century and are based on the Khujraho style. Due to the Maithun Statues, the place is named as Bhand Devra. This temple is situated on the bank of pond and is now under the Archaeological department. This temple is known as Rajasthan's mini Khujraho. On the top of the Ramgarh hill, Kisnai and Annapurna Devi temples are situated in the natural cave. About 750 stairs were constructed by Jhala Jalim Singh for reaching the temple on the hill top. The main speciality of this temple is that one Devi is worshiped with Meva and another is with Mas-Madira. At the time of Parshad, curtain is raised between the two Devis. Fair is also organised during Kartik Purnima.


Bilasgarh is situated about 45 Km. from Baran in ishanganj tehsil. Connecting road is from village 'faldi' between Kishanganj and Bhanwargarh. Bilasgarh was the big city during the Khechi kingdom which was destroyed to ruins by the order of Aurangazeb. The daughter of the king Khechi was very beautiful and for her Aurangazeb has send his force which has ruined the city Bilasgarh. The princess ends her life in the 'Bilasi' river, the spot is now known as Kanyadeah. The ruins of the Bilasgarh is still situated in the lonely place inside dense forest area.

Shergarh Fort

The historic Shergarh fort is situated about 65 k.m. from Baran district hqts. in Atru tehsil. Sitting atop a hillock on the bank of Parban river, the fort of Shergarh looks impregnable. The fort stands a little detached from the walled township, which boasts of its ancient Brahmanical and Jain temples. A stone edict of 790 AD proves the antiquity of the place, which was once knows as Koshvardhan. The fort is one of the best forts in Rajasthan in the present time.


Kapildhara is about 50 Km. from Baran. This place have natural beauty and pleasant place for visit. Water flows all the time from the 'Gaumukh' in the mountains.

Brahmani Mataji - Sorsan

The temple of Brahmani Mata is about 20 Km. from Baran in the village Sorsan. The 'Akhand Jyoti' is continously flowing in the temple since last 400 years. The statue of Brahmani Mata is situated under the large natural rock in the cave. The fair is organised on Shiv Ratri every year.

Shahabad Fort

Shahabad fort is the one of the best and strongest fort amongst the forts in Hadoti area. It is situated about 80 km. from Baran. The fort was constructed by the Chauhan Vanshi Dhandhel Rajput Mukutmani Dev in the century 1521 (Samvat 1577). This is situated in the dense forest area on the high mountain ranges. The fort is surrounded by Kundakoh valley on two sides. Third and fourth sides are surrounded by Ponds and high rocks respectively. The Topkhana(artillery), Barudkhana and some temples in the forts are still secure. It is said that the fort had 18 Cannons(Topes) in the past and one of the cannon was 19 feet.

Shahi Jama Masjid of Shahabad

Shahi Jama Masjid is situated in Shahabad city and 80 Km from Baran city. This masjid was beautifully constructed during the reign of Aurangazeb. Its pillers and Mehrab are worth for seeing.

Nahargarh Fort

The fort is about 73 Km. from Baran in Kishanganj tehsil. Fort is an impressive structure in red stone and a fine example of the Mughal architecture.

Tapasviyo ki Bagechi

This is situated nearly 1 km. from Shahabad city which have large statues of Shivling and Nadiya. This place is surrounded by mountains and contains natural beauty. This place was used as a betal farming previously whose remains still exit in the ruined state.

Manihara Mahadevji Mandir

Manihara Mahadev Mandir is about 3 kms. from Baran city. The mandir has a famous and ancient Mahadevji and Hamumanji temples. Till now only 591 years brief history is known about the temple. This place is surrounded by green trees and a pond with full of natural beauty. The place has a religious importance for the people of the area. A fair is organised at the temple on Shivratri festival every year. District administration has authorised

Maharaj Bahadur Museum Bundi

Bundi is a town best explored by foot, but if you get tired you'll find lots of auto rickshaws. You'll find the bus station a little outside the walls, there are banks, ATM's, internet cafe's, a hospital, museum and a market as well.

Bundi Fort

Bundi Fort
Bundi is famous for the many step wells, some of them in very good condition and the Palace and the Fort are well worth a visit The view from the Fort over town is fantastic!

Sar Bagh Bundi

Sar Bagh Bundi
The surroundings are very beautiful with small lakes and mountains. A few km outside Bundi you'll find Sar Bagh with its 60 Cenotaphs. A little further on you have Thikarda where the make the famous pots for water storing. You can go another way back round the mountain or go to Rameshwar with a temple and waterfall. About 30 km on the road to Chittogarh you have another waterfall with more water during the winter, on the way to Bhimlat you'll pass through some small villages.


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(sushila kanwar hada, 2016-04-17 09:15)

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