I have watched dolphins somersault in the Chambal and held my breath as slack-jawed crocodiles with their awesome dental work turn longingly from the shoreline towards our approaching boat. I have gazed in wonder at the sun-dazed, Pinocchio snouted- glass-eyed baby gharials and leather-backed river turtle as they cool off at the nursery pool at an eco far. I have driven past the badlands of the once-dreaded Chambal ravines and worshipped at a 400-year-old temple set along a lotus-filled pond. And that’s just the half of it when you go to the erstwhile princely state of Dholpur.
Dholpur’s geographic setting is part of its unique charm and importance. Strategically positioned by the waters of the Chambal, Dholpur was once a much-coveted milestone for raiders from the North intent on conquering the riches of Malwa and Gwalior.
Nearest airport: Agra (58 km/1 hr) Only when flights are operational from Delhi in the tourist season
Dholpur is well connected by rail Best Option TO Taj Express (dep: Hazrat Nizamuddin: 7.10 am, arr: Dholpur 10.48 am). Pick-up arranged by the hotel, just 1 km away. Autos available at the station
FROM Taj Express (dep: Dholpur 5.47 pm; arr: Hazrat Nizamuddin 10 pm) Road Take the highway to Agra and then get on to the Gwalior Road for Dholpur 58 km/1 hr) via Mania.