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The name of Chambal is synonymous for dacoits in India. Notorious criminals have been identified with this place including Man Singh, Daku Madho Singh, Dhanraj singh Rathur, Paan Singh Tomar, Phoolan Devi and Nirbhay Gujjar. This is for a reason, for centuries the Chambal ravine in Dholpur harbored dacoits (bandits).
Some case studies were even made into movies: Paan Singh Tomar & Poolan Devi, the bandit queen etc.
Though this place is around 75 kilometers from the world's seven wonders - TAJ MAHAL, tourists are a scared of visiting this place! Yearly foot fall at this place is close to 4000 tourists which is too low compared to Taj Mahal.
Here we stress the need for repositioning the brand Chambal as a Biodiversity destination for the world to visit with tourist attractions like:
1. Gharial (Gavialis gangeticus) - Critically endangered
2. Red-crowned roof turtle and - Critically endangered
3. Ganges river dolphin - Endangered
4. It’s the place for locating largest number of Indian Skimmers
5. Other threatened species are:
- Muggar crocodile
- Smooth-coated Otter
- Striped Hyaena and
- Indian Wolf
- 8 of the 26 rare turtle species found in India are in Chambal
- An important bird area (IBA) and is a proposed Ramsar site
- At least 320 species of resident and migratory birds inhabit the sanctuary