Mela Kothi - The Chambal Safari Lodge

National Chambal Sanctuary

Mela Kothi – The Chambal Safari Lodge is a family run oasis of tranquility, nestling in 35 sprawling acres of reclaimed woodland. It is a warm and welcoming haven for the eager explorer and weary traveller, alike.

The Mela Kothi is owned and managed by Ram Pratap and Anu, professionals who moved back to their ancestral farms in 1999 to work on their dream project. Established as a field camp in the late 1890s, the Mela Kothi and its stables were meticulously restored and rechristened the Chambal Safari Lodge. Committed to the sustainable use of natural resources, whilst showcasing the unique biodiversity and distinctive cultural heritage of the Chambal Valley, the team has managed to place the valley on the international responsible tourism map, to secure its continued protection.

The extensive grounds are home to over 198 species, such as palm civet cats, jungle cats, foxes, jungle hares, fruit bats, hedgehogs, nilgai and hyenas.

The Lodge undertakes and supports conservation, research and activism in the Chambal Valley.

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Rooms

Thirteen rooms/cottages; one large heritage room in the restored Mela Kothi, two suites in the guest-wing the Imli Serai, a suite and a twin-bed room in the Bougan Serai, and eight cottages in the grounds surrounding the main house (the Neem Serai and the Shisham Serai). Great care has been taken to use local materials and craftsmen, blending the charm of traditional features with the finest of contemporary conveniences and comforts. The ensuite A/C rooms/cottages are colourful, airy and spacious. The private sit-outs and verandahs, overlooking the woodland and fields, are ideal for lazing after the day's activities.

Meals

Authentic home cooked meals with fresh mainly organically grown ingredients, from our own farms or procured directly from the local farmers. Our recipes include local specialties that have been fine-tuned over generations. Meals are served in the garden, or the dining rooms in the restored stable block. Tea and coffee are available in the main garden throughout the day.

Facilities

Wildlife library; film/slide showing facilities; bicycles; WiFi and internet connectivity; indoor games.

Activities

Accompanied by trained and experienced guides/naturalists, guests may explore the Chambal Valley by boat, camel, jeep, bicycle or on foot. River Safaris for wildlife spotting in the National Chambal Sanctuary; camel safaris through the ravines upto the ruins of Fort Ater; jeep safaris for Sarus and Blackbuck; guided nature walks in and around the Lodge grounds and surrounding farmland; village visits; bicycle rides on country roads; guided visits to the Bateshwar Temples and associated animal fair (the second largest animal fair in the country, after Sonepur in Bihar); cookery demonstrations.

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