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Mela Kothi - The Chambal Safari Lodge

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Mela Kothi Road, Agra 283104 India
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  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
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A family run eco-lodge nestling in 35 acres of reclaimed land. An oasis of peace, tranquility, and gracious hospitality. An opportunity to explore the Chambal Valley. River Safari for Gharials, Marsh crocodiles, Gangetic river dolphins, and Indian skimmers. Jeep safaris for Black-buck & Sarus cranes. Camel safari to Fort Ater, and excursions to the medieval temple complex at Bateshwar - site of the second largest animal fair in India (Sonepur in Bihar being the largest). Nature walks and village walks.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Public wifi
Yoga classes
Free breakfast
Badminton
Bicycle rental
Kids stay free
Books, DVDs, music for children
Parking
Restaurant
Breakfast available
Breakfast buffet
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Kid-friendly buffet
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Bicycles available
Boating
Hiking
Bicycle tours
Fishing
Patio
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Airport transportation
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
Rooftop terrace
24-hour security
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
Doorperson
First aid kit
Umbrella
Express check-in / check-out
Private check-in / check-out
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Air conditioning
Desk
Housekeeping
Interconnected rooms available
Coffee / tea maker
Electric kettle
Extra long beds
Bidet
Private balcony
Seating area
Sofa
Wardrobe / wardrobe
Bottled water
Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Sofa bed
Walk-in shower
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Mid-range
Languages Spoken
English, Hindi

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Mela Kothi Road, Agra 283104 India
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Kheria Airport68 kmSee all flights
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Alok Pandey wrote a review Mar 2022
Lucknow, India415 contributions33 helpful votes
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It was an absolute pleasure to stay at the Mela Kothi, hosted by the gracious Mrs and Mr Singh and the wonderful staff at the property. The campus is sprawling with many many trees and open spaces. The rooms are very well spread out, we stayed in the main wing and our room was very well appointed and there were no hassles at all. There was even a tube of odomos in the room, which I must point out we did not need. I have seen a few reviews saying lizards in room etc and I must point out this is not an urban setting but a rural one in the wilderness and I would be very surprised if there were no lizards or insects around ! Please when you visit do the chambal river safari for sure , it was a different and a wonderful experience and it helped to have a very good guide in Gajendra. The food at the lodge was very tasty. Both airtel and jio work decently all over the property. There are no televisions anywhere and I am very thankful to the owners for this. This really is not the place to watch tv. I hope to be back soon at this lovely place ..
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Date of stay: March 2022Trip type: Travelled
Room Tip: There is ample car parking within the property and the roads all the way are great
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Jai Vardhan V wrote a review Jan 2022
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This place is abode for Nature lovers or for those who really care for environment. It is huge property (out of which 80 to 90% is donated to nature to let it grow on her own). All meals were extremely delicious and properly cooked with little spices and little sugar. All bakery, pickles and jaggery were also made in-house and were very tasty. The feel of the property is just calming, soothing and amazing. One should not miss Chambal river safari, specially for those who love to see ghariyals, crocodiles, turtles, and variety of birds. Whole property is no plastic zone and filled with ecofriendly and heritage items. We can't forget Ram Pratap ji and Anu ji who really care for their guests, property and the environment. Someone may find it costly but every single penny is worth to spend. Nearby places to visit are Bateshwar temple, Jain temple, holipura village and of course chambal river safari. Note: Don't get confuse it with Chamble wildlife safari lodge which is different and below standard property. 5 star dil se for "Chambal Safari Lodge- Mela Kothi" ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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Date of stay: January 2022Trip type: Travelled
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Response from Ram Pratap Singh, Owner at Mela Kothi - The Chambal Safari Lodge
Responded 2 Feb 2022
Thank you very much Jai Vardhan V for your exhaustive review and warm appreciation. It is a joy to meet and host like-minded individuals; a particular treat to hear your soulful flute notes as they wafted through & mingled with the birdsong. Magical. Thank you - Dil Se! We wish you safe & eco-friendly travels. Team Chambal Safari.
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Katrina D wrote a review Dec 2021
New Delhi, India68 contributions20 helpful votes
Stayed at the Chambal Safari Lodge for 3 days and 2 nights, and we really enjoyed all aspects of our time here- the resort, the room, the food, and the bird/wildlife watching. We loved the layout of the resort- the cottages were spread out across a green, woodsy area in clusters, allowing for guests to have privacy. Our room was called Surkhab (Ruddy Shell Duck)- which was lovingly decorated with wooden furniture, with lots of space to relax. There were also lovely little extras like Blue Tokai coffee sachets in the tea/coffee setup! The food was really yummy- some of our favorites were the desserts such as lemon tart, and white chocolate blondie/brownie. When we arrived, we were paired up with a naturalist named Bachu Singh, and he accompanied us on a Chambal River Safari, and also guided us on a bird walk of the grounds. He was super knowledgeable about wildlife- especially birds- and we saw over 30 species of wildlife including gharial, ruddy shell duck, brown hawk owl, orange-headed thrush, and Indian Tent turtles during out time there. The service from the staff was also really great- everyone was super helpful, and Anu, the owner, was really welcoming, as well. Overall, I can highly recommend Chambal Safari Lodge, and hope to go back again someday!
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Date of stay: November 2021
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Response from Ram Pratap Singh, Owner at Mela Kothi - The Chambal Safari Lodge
Responded 2 Feb 2022
Thank you very much Katrina D for the detailed and glowing review! It was a pleasure having you both over, and it makes us very happy to know you enjoyed every aspect of your stay and experiences with us. The team are super thrilled with the compliments, and we are all looking forward to seeing you again! Stay safe and well. Team Chambal Safari
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Charu wrote a review Sep 2021
New Delhi, India79 contributions25 helpful votes
Mela Kothis is a perfect place for bird watching and nature photography groups very close to Agra and a secluded spot where you could just be close to nature. One could even take kids for a rural experience to this place.
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Date of stay: February 2021
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Response from Ram Pratap Singh, Owner at Mela Kothi - The Chambal Safari Lodge
Responded 2 Feb 2022
Thank you CharuKatyal for taking the time to review us and your kind recommendation. Wishing you safe future travels. Team Chambal Safari
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PANKAJTandon wrote a review Apr 2021
Kanpur, India156 contributions55 helpful votes
This was a nice trip to Mela Kothi although i feel the place is highly priced . In case the prices are better i think more travellers would opt for this place . It is a well managed property . Nature and peace is all around the place . One can relax well . I would be happier if it had a small pool or pool villa and a SPA . The food is good . Excellent hospitality .
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Date of stay: December 2020
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Response from Ram Pratap Singh, Owner at Mela Kothi - The Chambal Safari Lodge
Responded 2 Feb 2022
Thank you PANKAJTandon for your kind review. Much appreciate your taking the time to share your suggestions and feedback. It was a pleasure having you all over, and we wish you safe future travels. Team Chambal Safari
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Urmimala Das wrote a review Apr 2021
Noida, India3 contributions
One of our best safaris and stay experience at Chambal Safari lodge where you can hv best of both the worlds. From experiencing undiluted nature to thoughtfully carved out stay you are bound to get flavour of sheer rural life while having all the comforts of home. For me it's like Chambal River Safari nahi kiya toh U.P. kya dekha !!!
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Travelled
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Response from Ram Pratap Singh, Owner at Mela Kothi - The Chambal Safari Lodge
Responded 2 Feb 2022
Thank you urmi228 for your review and enthusiastic appreciation of Chambal! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and experience, and hope you keep discovering more of the many hidden treasures of UP. UP nahin dekha, to duniya kya dekhi!! Wishing you safe future travels. Team Chambal Safari
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APS wrote a review Mar 2021
New Delhi, India2 contributions
We visited in feb 2021 - a family trip.. what an amazing place , with a great staff team and amazing food.. the owners were so warm and friendly.. felt like a home away from home.. really enjoyed the hospitality, safaris and the whole ambience. Sad could just visit for 4 nights. I guess that’ll make us visit again. 😊 I don’t think we will stay in 5 star properties near Agra anymore! This place is a treat for nature lovers! 7 star/ beyond And last but not the least the nimbu ka aachar is to die for! 😎
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Travelled
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Response from Ram Pratap Singh, Owner at Mela Kothi - The Chambal Safari Lodge
Responded 29 Mar 2021
Thank you IMASHISH123 for your fab review! It was an absolute joy having you all over and exchanging notes on life with pets :) We much look forward to seeing you again and will have the nimbu ka aachar ready and waiting! Take care and stay well. Team Chambal Safari
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Arun Agarwal wrote a review Mar 2021
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We 3 couples stayed here for a weekend and travelled all the way from Jaipur and Delhi to this place. First, the room allotment was a total mess. We booked 3 rooms in sheesham sarai but were given only two . Two of us were given a room elsewhere despite our confirmed booking and advance. The owner told us to adjust or take a refund. The linen was not of good quality. The food was ok but not worth the charges we paid. A too costly place , almost 10000 INR a day for a couple in lowest category room. No WiFi, no intercom and poor connectivity with lizards ,ants and mosquitoes in room.
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Travelled
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Response from Ram Pratap Singh, Owner at Mela Kothi - The Chambal Safari Lodge
Responded 9 Mar 2021
Thank you mpicdrarun for your review, clearly detailing the complete expectation mismatch. At the very outset, we apologized profusely for being able to provide only two cottages next to each other with one (upgraded) 50 metres away. The ‘adjustment’ was an upgrade, and every effort was made to make you comfortable and cater to your requirements. We are a wildlife eco-lodge, nestling in acres of reclaimed woodland: grand old trees, wildlife and birdsong everywhere. To ensure guest comfort the doors and windows have screens to prevent mosquitoes and other insects from entering the rooms. Lizards do get in, and although they are harmless and a natural form of insect/mosquito control, if the odd guest expresses an aversion the team do try to shoo them out. Fresh organic produce sourced from the local farms makes our food one of the highlights of a visit to Chambal, free WiFi access is provided in the lounge, there is no room service, no intercom and no TV anywhere on the property. And again that is what makes it special, with people stepping out, interacting and enjoying the great outdoors. Not sure why we were recommended to you - what people project is not always what they truly are. We will however pass on your compliments to FabIndia for the linen and to Airtel & Jio for the poor connectivity! We wish you safe future travels. Team Chambal Safari
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Mamta Agarwal wrote a review Mar 2021
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Wasted one day from our three days holiday after a year gap. We were not given the three rooms together though we booked a month back and on top of that the owner had the guts to say that she is sorry and she can give us the refund knowing very well that there is no place to go anywhere nearby. It is overpriced . Bees and lizards in the room were scary. Breakfast served was nothing great. I wouldn't recommend to anyone.
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Date of stay: March 2021Trip type: Travelled
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Response from Ram Pratap Singh, Owner at Mela Kothi - The Chambal Safari Lodge
Responded 9 Mar 2021
Thank you mamtarun for taking the time to review us, and promising not to recommend us to anyone. Much appreciated. We pride ourselves on our willingness to go the extra mile to ensure each guest enjoys their time in Chambal, and have the ‘guts’ to accept a fault and take every corrective measure in our power. We choose not to advertise and our reputation rests on word-of-mouth referrals and recommendations. There has been a very clear expectation mismatch here. We apologized profusely for being able to provide only two cottages next to each other with one (upgraded) 50 metres away, all nestling within the extensive woodland. Every effort was made to make you comfortable, cater to your requirements, and to invite you to join with the rest of the guests in enjoying the lively conversation around the evening fire, only to be met with sullen negativity. This review was expected as soon as your demand for discounts over and above the one already extended to you was turned down. A great disappointment indeed. We wish you safe future travels. Team Chambal Safari
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557ajithr wrote a review Jan 2021
New Delhi, India15 contributions13 helpful votes
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We travelled over a long weekend to Mela Kothi. Travel time from Delhi (via Yamuna Expressway and Agra-Lucknow Expressway) is under 4 hours. Anu and Ram are among the most graceful hosts we have come across; they are so welcoming, kind and make you feel at home. Not to forget the absolutely hassle-free check-in experience; Star-rated/Boutique hotel chains have a lesson or two to learn here. The staff are welcoming and friendly, and they really do make sure that you are taken care of and show great attention to detail. You get authentic local cuisines, with a "home-made" feel which, ought to be due to the locally and organically grown veggies and fruits. Lunch, for a change, is served in the lawn in front of the reception. Ram and Anu could arrange a "must-do boating in Chambal River" in the company of the in-house naturalist, Bachhu Singh. If there's one more reason to why one should often visit Mela Kothi, it should be to learn from Bachhu Singh; an incredibly experienced birder and naturalist. We were forced to check out much earlier than our planned departure due to a personal emergency with our dog. They were kind and gracious enough to understand our situation and did not charge us, which they had every right to, under the booking rules, for the remaining days in our original booking. Anu and Ram prove right the adage; Class always shows without being announced. Must-visit, Must-meet, Must-do!
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Date of stay: January 2021
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Room Tip: All cottages are a short walk away from the dining/reception area.
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Response from Ram Pratap Singh, Owner at Mela Kothi - The Chambal Safari Lodge
Responded 9 Mar 2021
Thank you 557ajithr for that glowing review! High praise indeed. It was a pleasure meeting and interacting with you both, and the little furry one. We are so glad you were able to explore some part of Chambal and much look forward to sharing more of our little corner with you in the future. Take care and stay well Team Chambal Safari
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$146 - $154 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
LOCATION
IndiaUttar PradeshAgra DistrictAgra
NUMBER OF ROOMS
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Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Mela Kothi - The Chambal Safari Lodge?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a bidet, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at Mela Kothi - The Chambal Safari Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Mela Kothi - The Chambal Safari Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Mela Kothi - The Chambal Safari Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to yoga classes during their stay.
Does Mela Kothi - The Chambal Safari Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Mela Kothi - The Chambal Safari Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Mela Kothi - The Chambal Safari Lodge offer any business services?
Yes, guests have access to meeting rooms and a banquet room during their stay.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Mela Kothi - The Chambal Safari Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English and Hindi.
Is Mela Kothi - The Chambal Safari Lodge accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific enquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.