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Chambal Safari Lodge - Mela Kothi

A mere hour's drive from the Taj Mahal, in the heart of Chambal Valley, lies an oasis of tranquillity nestling in sprawling acres of reclaimed woodland. Mela Kothi – The Chambal Safari Lodge. A warm and welcoming haven for the eager explorer and weary traveller alike. Mela Kothi was built by Rai Saheb Ch. Suraj Pal Singh, the Zamindaar of Jarar in the late 1890s. The Mela Kothi was initially built to serve as a camp office for the family's bi-annual cattle fair (Mela) that was a source of great pride and prestige for the family, with traders coming from as far afield as Maharashtra and Orissa.

The Chambal Safari Lodge is home to numerous birds and small mammals and about 198 species. You may enjoy evening Nature Walks around the Lodge, with the resident naturalists, and find Palm Civet Cats, Jungle Cats, Foxes, Jungle Hares, Fruit Bats, Hedgehogs and the Indian Striped Hyenas in the area.

The accommodation at Mela Kothi is a perfect blend of the warmth of local homes and the comfort of modern amenities. The Lodge offers thirteen rooms/cottages. These are categorized as the Mela Kothi, the Imli Serai, the Bougan Serai, the Neem Serai and the Shisham Serai.

The Mela Kothi
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. It is a luxury heritage room in main house with private sit-out.

The Imli Serai
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. Dolphin and Sarus are both is luxury suites with private sit-out.

The Bougan Serai
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.

The Neem Serai
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. The luxury cottages have private sit-outs with comfortable deck chairs and Indian charpoys (string cots) for lazing in the winter sun. The Neem Serai effortlessly blends local architecture with contemporary conveniences and comforts.

The Shisham Serai
The Shisham Serai offers four comfortable twin-bed independent cottages with front and rear verandahs – Skimmer, Barbet, Ibis & Tern. The cottages nestle in an enclosed garden space with hammocks and garden benches. The spacious private verandahs at the rear of the cottages, with charpoys and deck chairs, are ideal for relaxing after the day's activities.

The Lodge kitchens serve authentic home cooked meals with fresh mainly organically grown ingredients. Most of the produce is from our own farms or procured directly from the local farmers. Our recipes include local specialties that have been fine-tuned over generations, as well as contemporary Indian & Continental dishes. Meals are served in the garden or the dining rooms in the restored stable block. The evening bonfires provide a good opportunity to interact with other guests or simply sit back and do a spot of star-gazing. Tea and coffee are served in the main garden throughout the day and guests are welcome to make their own cuppa as and when they wish.

Library and sitting room in the Mela Kothi welcomes the guest to use the library, sitting room and seating areas/verandahs of the main house. All guests are expected to treat the Chambal Safari Lodge as their home away from home and endeavour to provide a warm, friendly and welcoming environment where they arrive as guests and leave as friends. The Library has a good selection of books and magazines, indoor games, and a bar.

Come prepared. This land will mesmerize you…!!!