Sambhar Lake…”Beyond Obvious Understanding!!”

21 Sep

Sambhar Lake is like a mirage in the desert…but the only difference is dat it isnt one..Its scenic beauty make it a very picturesque location..A perfect picnic spot, and dats actually why we planned to go there in the first place…The whole aroma of the place is amazing…It is actually India‘s largest salt lake, sits 96 km south west of Jaipur along National highway 8.

A look of the lake, i took from wikipedia..

At one end of the lake is the famous shakhambari temple..Shakhambari devi is considered to be the goddess who created the salt lake. The priest at the temple told us that there is a very famous myth of related to the creation of the lake, once a man came to the goddess to ask for wealth & prosperity..She told the man to start walking from the temple & keep walking in any one direction and in which ever direction he’d go the area behind him would turn into silver…but she laid one condition, & that was..if ever he turned back the whole area would turn into salt…

So, agreeing to the condition the man started walking, but after walking for a few miles..he decided to look back & see if the goddess  actually turned the area into silver…so he turned & the area turned into salt instead..& this is how the salt lake was created..

Interesting isnt it..No one knows it is true or not, but this is surely a mystical place..there are so many myths related to the village that we heard the other day, that its just not possible for me to pen them down at the moment…will do so wenever i get time..

The lake is not all that’s there…the village, the sambhar deers..& the flamingos & other birds are also what makes this place a beauty..I cant summerise this experience in words, so i thought of putting in some of the pics that i had clicked, which will speak for themselves…i dont think any explanation is required as the people who have been there are defiitely aware of the place’s beauty…Sambhar village is a tiny village away from all the grandeur & all u’ll get to see here is simplicity…This time thanks to the “Monsoon” which added a smile to our faces..the lake had plenty of water, & as the villagers said its water level is at its peak at the moment in comparison to the last few years..The sight of the lake mersmerizes the visitors as seeing such a sight in the middle of a desert is facinating..

I got this pic while searching a li’l about the geographical location of sambhar..this is the pic of some car rally which took place there..

This pic is of a Lord shiva temple located near the shakhambari temple..It gets completely submerged in the lake when the water level is high..

These two pics above are of the plane of sambhar lake taken from the top of the shakhambhari temple..this is the place where the last scene of the movie jodhaa akhbar (i.e. the fight scene) was shot..

 The pic below is of Devyani temple, here Jodhaa & Akbar got married (in reality & not in the movie)




3 Responses to “Sambhar Lake…”Beyond Obvious Understanding!!””

  1. thefanatics May 4, 2009 at 6:57 pm #

    Well i have no idea about that, as we did’nt stay thr…but u can always search that… 🙂


    • shivam tomar November 17, 2012 at 12:48 am #

      Well Mudit there are no hotels in Sambhar. The circuit house is a good option to stay and as what I got to hear from the locals that a hotel has came up but am not sure cos I was not able to find one here till october 2012. We were carrying our tents and sleeping bags to sleep at the shakhambri devi temple, but the plan canged and we reached sambhar early morning and a kind salt trader asked us to freshen up in his guest room. .. 🙂 so I couchsurfef


  2. Mudit May 4, 2009 at 12:11 pm #


    Are there hotels in Sambhar? Any good one that you can suggest?


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