COST: 2700 per person
Food and miscellaneous: 1300
Best time: November-March
Distance of Sambhar Lake from Delhi – 351KMs (NH48)
Distance of Sambhar Lake from Jaipur – 81.4KMs (NH48)
Delhi can be boring at times and especially for travel buffs who seek peace and freshness. Hence, we decided to go for a getaway to Sambhar lake-Ajmer-Pushkar.
The plan was to hire a car and go to Sambhar lake(Another off beat destination). Sambhar lake is India's largest saline lake and is the source of most of Rajasthan's salt production and we decided to camp there overnight under billions of stars, trust me on Amavasya(No moon night), you can even have a glimpse of the entire galaxy.We had to start our journey at 7 am which got delayed to 8 because of technical issues in the car. The plan and route was clear (Delhi-Jaipur-Sambhar). We reached Jaipur at 2 pm due to the traffic jam we found in Delhi in peak morning hours. The first halt was Bapu Bazaar(main lane) where we had the best Gol gappas and lassi of our lives.
We left Jaipur at around 4 in the evening. According to what I had read and researched about Sambhar lake, we had to reach there maximum by sunset for camping otherwise we wouldn’t have been able to find the route.
To go to sambhar lake, one needs to take the Jaipur-Ajmer highway. Also, there is no public transport that goes till Sambhar lake, so you need to drive your own vehicle/hire a taxi. After 30-40 kms, one needs to take the state highway and go via Naraina to Sambhar.
Sambhar is a small village with plenty of abandoned railway tracks. We were there in Sambhar and we somehow did not trust google maps and went into sambhar village thinking that Sambhar jheel would be there. I would suggest that you totally believe google maps which show the way Delhi-Jaipur-Naraina-Sambhar lake. Now, since no shops are available near the camping spot, you can fill up your daily supplies either from Naraina or Sambhar village. There is a decent dhaba too in Sambhar, you can get normal indian food there at a very nominal cost. We had our dinner in just Rs.150.
While coming from Naraina, there comes a point on your left side by the name Tourist point just 1-2kms before Sambhar village, take left turn from there and continue for 8-9 kms on the same road.