The lake touches three districts of Rajasthan– Jaipur, Ajmer and Nagaur.
An incredible travel destination for those who are looking to spend a night under a starry sky on a white expanse, Sambhar Lake is located only 70 km from Jaipur. Apart from the several religious places around this lake, it has numerous tales to share- from the Mahabharat period to the British era and now, it will leave you enthralled! So pack your camping gear and your camera to spend some time near a picturesque natural wonder, which will make you fall in love with nature, all over again.
Home to birds, folklores & more!
This salt-crusted wetland of prominence is where antique folklore and ancient history amalgamate, to awe the tourists. One such tale is that of Shakumbhari Devi. As per locals, Goddess Shakumbhari bestowed the King of the land, Chauhan Rajputs, with precious silver stretches. However, he knew that this boon will easily turn into a bane if other kingdoms came to know of this wealth, therefore, he appealed to the Goddess to whitewash the landscape and today, we know it as Sambhar Lake.
According to another popular legend, Sambhar Lake has been mentioned in the Mahabharata as the residing place of priest Shukracharya. Apart from these myths surrounding this place, Sambhar Lake- the largest inland salt lake of India, is home to thousands of migratory birds, such as coots, stilts, avocets and more, which turn the horizon into a colourful affair during the winter season.
The allure of overwhelming limitlessness of this place is supplemented by historical structures, such as the 18th-century architectural marvels- Circuit House and the adjacent Kothi, built by the Britishers. So if a bonfire in the wilderness is not your idea of a fun weekend, you can cater to your love for colonial heritage with a stay at one of these places!
While you are here, nudge the scientist within you and visit the Salt Museum and Salt Laboratory for a quick tour. Further, with so much to enjoy here on the salt flats of Rajasthan, this destination will totally entice you with a scenic view. So we suggest you don't forget to carry your travel journal to document this trip, minute-by-minute!