July 11, 2011

Drive to Chambal Safari: from Delhi to Gwalior

325 Km. from Delhi, driving along NH-2/ Expressway and NH-3. If statistics sounds boring - you are in for a surprise and reconsideration of your thoughts.

It was one fine day I got a chance to drive till Gwalior. I knew that the highway is in good condition, but was still sceptical about the real picture. It was not a planned one, but as I always say "Good travellers never plan in advance", all of a sudden a divine thought struck me - lets drive all the way to Chambal Ravines till Gwalior. With all the spirits roaring, I started at early afternoon, however it is always better to start in the early morning to escape the heavy traffic of Delhi.
If you take expressway, you will directly reach Agra. However in you take NH-2, then there are lot of options for sight seeing in the way, apart from vastness of agricultural fields.

Road side Motels/ Dhabas in the way will present ample opportunities to relax and refreshments. Keep chilling and driving....Believe me even a cup of Tea or refreshments will be a unique experience.

If you can take out 1-2 hours, you can visit Mathura, birthplace of Lord Krishna. Right turn from Mathura towards Govardhan and 36 km. straight drive will take you to Deeg Palace, a majestic Jal Mahal, Water Palace. Check out the picture of Deeg Palace. On reaching here you will wonder why such a place is lying hidden... 

For nature lovers and bird watching enthusiasts there is Sur Sarovar Wild Life Sanctuary on the way to Agra, 40 km. from Mathura on your left hand side at NH-2, just before Agra.

Just at the entrance of Agra is Sikandra Tomb, mausoleum of Akbar. Out of all visitors to city of Taj, only 5 -8 % of travellers visit this place. This place offers amazingly calm and serene surroundings. Huge lawns with lot of deers, and black bucks roaming around peacefully, it is an ideal place to find some quiet moments.
Keep some time for Agra, you can not afford to miss "The Taj Mahal".

From Agra onwards you will be a part of Chambal Valley. It is very difficult to remove sights from the exceptionally beautiful landscapes formed by sandy hills of Chambal Valleys. Romance, adventure and driving, all at same place.

You can stop your car and take a walk and sit around the small water body. Don't get scared as there are no wild animals here. In Delhi we do not get to drive with window glasses down (too much pollution), but here I cherished driving with open windows. Landscapes are simply breath taking, check out -

At many instances, you will come very close to the railway track. Check out the view I captured while standing on the road:

Get a chance to click Chambal river in its full flow:

Be it the adjacent Railway Track, Chambal River or the highway itself...Everything is compelling enough to apply the brakes, come out of the car, enjoy the fresh air, appreciate the amazing beauty and not to forget... take some pics.
Vow...Now tell me who says it is required to go to hills or drive 2000 miles from your house to capture Sunset like this... 

With the tremendous growth of India as economic superpower, Highways have improved considerably. Driving is a sheer pleasure. However if you are nature lover, you will be focusing more on the amazing surroundings which accompany you for most of the distance from Delhi to Gwalior. 

There is much more in Chambal than just amazing landscapes. Take a left turn from Morena and you can experience the drive to the following treasures from Indian history. These treasures have been lying hidden from ages:
  1. Kakan Math Temple: 115 ft. high Lord Shiva temple, assembled out of stones without any adhesive. Pyramids share stark resemblance with this temple. 34 km. from Morena bus stand.
  2. Mitawali, Shiva Temple: The place which inspired the design of Indian Parliament house (Sansad Bhawan). 23 km. from Kakan Math temple towards Gwalior.
  3. Padawali Temple, dedicated to all Gods and is considered as superior to Khajuraho Temple. 3-4 km. from Mitawali temple.
  4. Batesara complex of temples: A complex of around 350 temples. Excavation work is ongoing to restore the original glory of the temples. 
Chambal Safari Route:

Believe me real safari will start from the above left turn.

Once you have set your foot in this region, you will be left craving for more. Fun will not stop at Gwalior, so after covering all these and Gwalior take the road to Jhansi. 60 km. from Gwalior on Jhansi road is Sonagiri Jain temples, a sacred place to Digambar Jains. It has a chain of 77 temples, all in white colour situated on top of a hill.

Keep Driving, keep travelling....



  1. Great!! Chambal valley is very pretty and I agree that Delhi's traffic kills. Oh, and pollution too. But there is hardly any city without these things. Beautiful sunset.

    Keep traveling and keep posting pics!!

  2. U dint mention the reason why U went to Gwalior

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  4. Hey it's an amazing post. I really like the way you posted about Gwalior. My heart holds a mad connection with Gwalior. The people there are exceptionally awesome and I love the calmness of the city. I too traveled to Gwalior but it was not a package tour nor for any sight seeings.

    Mine was same day round trip from Delhi to Gwalior by road. Just a little piece of my experience that I had during the trip. :)

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