Chambal Safari

Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India

What to know before you go:

— This lodge is in a good location, close to the nature reserve and surrounded by wonderful birdlife

— There is a large fire pit outside the dining room

— Wi-Fi in main building area

— There are some nice places to wander around the property in the evening

About the property:

Jarar has been the main seat of the family since 1472. Rai Saheb Ch. Suraj Pal Singh, the Zamindaar of Jarar, built the Mela Kothi in the late 1890s. Nestling amidst acres of woodland and pasture, the Mela Kothi was ideally located to serve as a camp office for the family’s bi-annual cattle fair (Mela). The fair was a source of great pride and prestige for the family, with traders coming from as far afield as Maharashtra and Orissa. However, by the 1990s, the numbers dwindled, and the Kothi and its grounds fell into disrepair.In 1999, Rai Saheb Suraj Pal Singh’s great grandson, IIT engineer and conservationist Ram Pratap Singh, and his environmental scientist wife, Anu, began restoring their neglected inheritance. The product of their labour, set within 35 sprawling acres of the original heritage plantation, surrounded by farmland - Mela Kothi – The Chambal Safari Lodge is an oasis of peace, tranquility and gracious hospitality. The Mela Kothi has a long tradition of hospitality and a reputation for serving culinary delights. In its heyday, the raucous junior members of the family competed to present their unique twist to age-old family recipes; creating magical dishes that continue to be served with pride.

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The Mela Kothi From 9000/night

The restored Mela Kothi has one large well-appointed bedroom - Gharial - with front and rear verandahs and access to the library across the pebbled courtyard. The period furniture and furnishings bring alive the stately grace of this heritage building.

Upto 2 Adults

The Imli Serai From 9000/night

The Imli Serai, the guest wing of the Mela Kothi, has two very spacious and luxurious suites – Dolphin & Sarus, with private enclosed gardens and verandahs. The suites combine the finest of modern amenities with the charm and elegance of traditional period features.

Upto 2 Adults

The Bogan Serai From 9000/night

The Bougan Serai, tucked in a private grove, has a large luxurious suite – Surkhab and a spacious twin bedroom - Hans. The two rooms can be interconnected, if required. The enclosed rear garden backs onto open farmland and provides ample private space.

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The Neem Serai From 9000/night

The Neem Serai has two cosy twin-bed cottages – Koel & Thick-knee, and two large luxury cottages – Hornbill & Spoonbill, set around a shaded central courtyard. 

Upto 2 Adults

The Shisham Serai From 6500/night

The Shisham Serai offers four comfortable twin-bed independent cottages with front and rear verandahs – Skimmer, Barbet, Ibis & Tern.

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Chambal Safari is operational from 1st October to 30th April

Cancellation Policy

If cancellation is received 4 weeks prior to a guest’s arrival, or after issue of the voucher, whichever is earlier, 100% payment will be charged


From 1200 hours


Until 1200 hours

Children & Extra Bed

  • Children 5 yrs and below are complimentary
  • Children between 6 and 12 yrs are at 50% plan for meals and on full plan for Safaris.
  • Children above 12 yrs are on full plan for meals and safaris.
  • Full room rate is applicable for children in a separate room.
  • Nearest Railway Station – Agra (70 kms), Dholpur (82 kms), Bharatpur (123 kms)
  • Nearest Airport - Agra (70 kms), Gwalior (142 kms), Kanpur (202 kms)
  • Distance from Major Cities - Gwalior(142 kms), Kanpur (202 kms), Faridabad (250 kms), Noida(256 kms), Gurgaon (270 kms), New Delhi(280 kms), Lucknow (282 kms), Jaipur (315 kms), Agra (70 kms)