Sambhar: Salty swamp of Rajasthan

The solar remains to be a number of breaths away from spreading its arms whereas the evening waits. The six-hour drive from Agra had introduced me Sambhar hoping to spend time within the dusty lake, which seems to be a dried-up mattress of thorny desert soil combined with salt, which supplies it its distinct white look. A two-hour drive from Jaipur, and about 300 kilometers from Delhi, Sambhar Lake is the most important inland salt lake in India, unfold over 90 sq. kilometres, and connecting three districts of Rajasthan – Jaipur, Ajmer and Nagaur. touches. There’s hardly sufficient water in it to be referred to as a lake, however come monsoons, I am advised, the lake turns right into a pink wetland, with flamingos discovering their approach right here seeking the elusive solar.

Whereas there are not any flamingos right here, there are lots of migratory birds that may stay in dry beds till March. Sambhar additionally presents many issues for vacationers to discover. , The lake was designated a Ramsar Web site in 1990, and is likely one of the websites for conservation motion below the Indian Wetlands Conservation Programme. It’s one among two Ramsar websites in Rajasthan – the opposite being the Keoladeo Nationwide Chicken Sanctuary in Bharatpur. The town, steeped in antiquity, seems to be asleep, permitting guests to take a quiet tour, away from the noise of quiet cities.

A Journey Information to Sambari

fowl watching

In case you are an avid avian fanatic, Sambhar Lake is finest visited between October and February – the time when a lot of the migratory birds are flying collectively skyward, earlier than the solar dries up on this arid area. Let’s give Sambhar salt, leaving the well-known behind. We did drive in our automobile so we may chase pockets of water with birds throughout. However if you’re by yourself, it could be a good suggestion to rent a neighborhood automobile from town, which may have an in depth map of Sambhar Salts Ltd, which has leased out a big a part of the realm.

Lesser flamingos migrate to Sambhar Lake

Shakambari Devi Temple

For a divine expertise, or only a clear view of the salt flats, you possibly can take a strolling tour to the two,500-year-old Shakambari Devi Temple and one of many three Shaktipeeths devoted to Goddess Shakambari. Legend has it that Shakambari Devi has turned the area right into a saline lake to maintain it away from the grasping eyes of the encompassing kingdoms. On a full moon evening like ours, the realm above the grave shines like silver within the moonlight.

Devyani Temple and pool

Additionally referred to as ‘Chhota Pushkar’, the Devayani temple is believed to be the location of the marriage of Devyani (daughter of sage Shukracharya – the grasp of demons) with King Yayati. It’s right here that we’re advised that the Mughal emperor Akbar married Rani Jodha. On the banks of Devayani Kund, is the Baba Jageshwar Temple, one of many 4 historic Shiva temples, the place it’s believed that nobody has but been in a position to find the depth of the lingam. We’re grateful to have arrived on the proper time to attend an aarti earlier than departing on the subsequent leg of our journey.

Observe within the footsteps of Bollywood

The supernatural expanse of Sambhar has attracted many filmmakers to Rajasthan. From Ram Leela to Jodha Akbar and a few elements of the freeway have been shot right here. You’ll be able to go to common filming websites within the space, and likewise take a practice experience operated by Sambhar Salts Ltd.

Take a tour of Salt Lake by train

Circuit Home Tour

Located in a peaceable a part of town is the Circuit Home, the primary one constructed by the British in 1880. Now run by a personal agency, locals inform us that the home is common with Bollywood celebrities who come and shoot right here. Amazingly, the Circuit Home nonetheless has a practical dumb-waiter – a trolley used to move meals from the bottom flooring to the primary flooring.

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