During a train journey from Jaipur to Jodhpur, we were pleasantly surprised to see vast vistas of shallow salt plains with what looked like Flamingos in the far distance. A quick check on the route revealed we were crossing the Sambhar Lake. Located some 90km South West of Jaipur, it’s India’s largest inland salt lake. Sambhar Lake is a Ramsar Site, meaning it’s an extremely important wetalnd bird habitat, supporting tens of thousands of resident and migratory birds.
When back to Jaipur, we decided on taking a small day trip to the Sambhar Lake. We took the NH8, past Bagru, and took a right at Bichun. A right from Phulera and a right just before the Railway Crossing before Sambhar Lake City and we followed a tiny road through a village to a small water body adjacent to the Sambhar Lake. We spent a beautiful morning birding, and when the sun rose high enough, we took a breather for breakfast and chai at a nearby ‘tapri’. The urban world of city-life and its anxieties seemed to have melted away. After the breakfast, following the road ahead we reached an ancient temple and some gorgeous landscape.
Since we had a lunch waiting for us in Jaipur, we had to leave by noon. But overall, a great day spent amidst nature, barely 100km from Jaipur.
By Rail: There’s a Sambhar Lake Railway Station. Just look it up while booking your tickets.
By Air: The nearest airport would be Jaipur. You could book a Taxi from there.
What to do: Sambhar Lake is a Ramsar Site and hence best for birding. The adjacent town is an old one with some heritage structures. Naliasar has important archaeological sites.
Where to stay: Although we stayed in Jaipur, and only made a day trip to Sambhar, there are a few places in the town.