Chambal valley, once known for its allegiance to the dacoits, is an unexplored territory if one skips the superficial scenes from the Hindi film industry. The region, infamously known as the land of dacoits at the convergence of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. At an 80km drive from Agra, the land is full of deep ravines and forests, which have been the home to generations of outlaws for decades. The region is the world’s largest breeding ground of the Long Billed vultures, the most “efficient” scavenging bird among all its peers. Chambal valley also provides housing to the once endangered Gharial( a rare crocodile species).
It is also home to the Gangetic Dolphin, Marsh Crocodiles (muggers), eight species of Turtles, Indian Striped Hyenas, Golden Jackals among other creatures. The Chambal river is also considered to be the cleanest river in India. Ironically, it is a tributary of the River Yamuna, that flows through Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh. The water is so clear that it mirrors the blueness of the sky and is coupled with intertwining mud cliffs, giving a much desired scenic view.
The region has not been touched by industry and thus has remained to be one of the last few practises in the country. It is hard to believe but one of the major reasons the valley still maintains its scenic glory and remains untainted by the cities is because of the horrors attached to the land. Poachers were never attracted to the area, due to the fear of being killed or worse. The fear of dacoits never let any industrial establishment set up in the area, thus saving the valley from the terrors of man. The Chambal river lives under the superstition of being cursed by the hands of those killed by the early Aryan rulers. It is all very difficult to contemplate, but a few evils and terrors of mankind saved the valley from being tainted by others.