DAY TOUR PACKAGES > SAMBHAR LAKE DAY TOUR
Duration – 8 Hour
Tour Highlights places: Sambhar Lake, Sambhar wildlife century.
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. Book Now
Sambhar is India’s largest saline lake, 190 sq. km in extent at full capacity, and lays some 60 km west of Jaipur, just outside prosaically named Salt Lake City. This vast body of glacial saline is on average just 0.6 cm deep and never more than 3 m even just after the monsoon. It stretches in length for 22.5 km, its width varying between 3 and 11 km. Several seasonal freshwater streams, two of the major ones being the rivers Mendha and Rupangarh, feed it. The vast, roughly elliptically shaped lake has been divided into two sections by a 5-km long stone dam. The eastern section contains the reservoirs for salt extraction, canals and saltpans. Water from the vast shimmering western section is pumped to the other side via sluice gates when it reaches a degree of salinity considered optimal for salt extraction. 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 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 red-shanks. 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 hotel for the rest.