Day Trip to Sambhar
Duration: Full Day
Time of departure: 8:30 AM
After your arrival at the Jaipur, you will be received by our representative at your desired place in Jaipur and further drive straight for excursion tour to Sambhar Lake.
The Sambhar Salt Lake, India’s largest inland salt lake, a bowl shape lake encircles historical Sambhar Lake Town located 96 km south west of the city of Jaipur.
Sambhar, situated in the Indian state of Rajasthan, is a municipality of Jaipur and is also popularly known as the Salt Lake City. Civilization here goes back a long way, and houses the Sambhar Lake National Park, Sambhar Lake Tiger Reserve and is also home to the largest saline lake in India. Excursions to the Sambhar city and the wildlife sanctuary from Jaipur are pretty frequent. One of the prime national parks in Jaipur, the Sambhar Wildlife Sanctuary is also a prime supporter of the ‘Project Tiger’ conservation efforts. The Salt Lake was owned by various rulers of Jaipur and Jodhpur before it was leased to the British. Situated 65 kilometers from Jaipur, the lake is also a major hub for the production of salt. Bird lovers are also in for a treat here as Sambhar is the best place/town/sanctuary for bird watching. The main wildlife found at the Sambhar Wildlife Sanctuary includes flamingos, storks, sandpipers and redshanks.
The Sambhar Salt Lake is the largest inland salt lake in India and even finds mention in the mythological epic, ‘Mahabharata’. History states that the lake was a part of the kingdom of a demon king known as ‘Brishparva’. According to Hindu tradition, the goddess of the Chauhan Rajputs, ‘Shakambari Devi’, converted the town to a plain of precious metals. People, worried that this would induce feuds, prayed to the Goddess to retract the boon. So, the Goddess converted the town of metals into a town with a lot of salt. Thus, the Salt Lake is known to have had its beginnings from here, and there is a temple dedicated to Shakambari Devi, that is located near the lake. The Salt Lake was owned by Jaipur and Jodhpur kings in turns and was later leased to the British. The Government of Rajasthan took over the lake post-Independence. The wildlife sanctuary however, does not have a distinct history of its own, and was declared a wildlife sanctuary in the early 20th century.
The Sambhar Lake is known for the production of brine/salt and also houses one of the largest salt manufacturing units in the country. Apart from this unit, tourists also flock the Sambhar lake to get a glimpse of the fames ‘Shakambari Devi’ temple and for bird-watching. Flamingoes, pelicans and the waterfowls are commonly sighted at the Sambhar Lake.
Sambhar wildlife sanctuary
The Sambhar wildlife sanctuary is spread across 24,000 hectares and is among the finest wildlife sanctuaries in Rajasthan. This wildlife sanctuary is ideal for sighting avian species and is a bird paradise. Popular species of birds that are sighted at the sanctuary are coots, black-winged stilts and redshanks. The Sambhar Tiger Sanctuary is also a popular destination for those wanting to see the majestic Tigers.
In the evening after the sightseeing drive back to the Jaipur and you will be transferred to your desired place in Jaipur with a bunch of sweet memories.