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Sambhar Lake Wildlife Sanctuary

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.

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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 waters here are glacially still, edged with a glittering frost of salt. Flies abound, drawn by the blue-green algae in the water, and queue up in order to crawl into your mouth and ears. There is a sharp briny tang in the air that takes one straight back to coastal fish markets. An indigenously developed rail trolley system-the lines were laid by the British-takes one across the dam and to various far-flung points in the salt works.

Climate

Like most other north Indian places, Sambhar too has a tropical climate. The summers can be very hot with mercury crossing 45C, whereas winters are moderately chilled and the temperature can fall below 10C.

How To Reach

For Jaipur-based visitors,Sambhar Lake is within a day's trip. One can take National Highway 8 to Dudu and then head north to Sambhar. Alternatively, one can take NH 8 to Malhan and then ask for Phulera, which is just short of Sambhar.

 

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Sambhar Wildlife Sanctuary Tour Packages

At this moment we don't have any specific Tour package for Sambhar Lake Sanctuary, but our representative would be happy to assist you if you are planning to visit Sambhar Lake Wildlife Sanctuary you can contact us with your query on the given phone numbers / email.

Tel + 91- 120 - 40526011 - 98 (88 hunting lines are available)

(24 hrs helpline) + 91 - 9212777223 / 24 / 25

Email: info@indiawildliferesorts.com

 

Wildlife in Sambhar Wildlife Sanctuary

The lake supports a large population of avifauna especially flamingoes, Northern shoveller and blackheaded gull. Some 45 species of aquatic birds including ducks, geese and shorebirds have been recorded.

 

Sambhar Wildlife Sanctuary Travel Information

Area : 24000 hectares

Location : Rajasthan

Altitude : 360 meters

Temperature : Summer 46 (Max) & 28 (Min) Degrees Celsius
Winter 28 (Max) & 6 (Min) Degrees Celsius

Time to Visit : November to March

Monsoon : July - August

Summer : April - June

Winter : December - February

Clothes : Cottons in summer and light-woolens in winter

Climate : Like most other north Indian places, Sambhar too has a tropical climate. The summers can be very hot with mercury crossing 45C, whereas winters are moderately chilled and the temperature can fall below 10C.

How to Reach:

By Air : Jaipur, 118 km away is the nearest airport. Sambhar Salt Lake is well connected from here by bus and train. Taxi may cost you Rs. 1,000 approx for a daytrip.

By Rail : Sambhar Salt Lake Station is the nearest rail head. Many trains connect it from Jaipur.

By Road : Sambhar is well connected by road with nearby towns.