Finding a camping site at Sambhar lake can be an easy task, considering its vast length and breadth. It is one of the biggest salt lakes in India, ranging beyond 40KMs.
Inside those 40KMs, there is hardly a thing to notice, except the salt. You can even call it a No-man’s land.
You can also treat this post as Things to do in Sambhar Lake.
Camping at Sambhar Lake
2016 was about to end, and we planned on starting our 2017 at Sambhar Lake itself. For a traveller (not a Tourist), it was a perfect plan. Thank you to Yogesh Mankani (CoupleonBike) for arranging everything related to the New Year Eve trip including the camping stuff.
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The night out and camping plan went perfectly as expected, and we welcomed 2017 under millions of stars. But, that’s not the only best part of this place.
How to Reach Sambhar Lake?
It is connected to NH48 by multiple State Highways. The State Highway roads are not that good, but this is what you expect from a non-touristic place.
From Delhi or Jaipur’s side, first reach Dudu on NH48, and then take a Right turn towards Naraina. This road will take you straight to the Sambhar Lake.
Distance of Sambhar Lake from Delhi – 351KMs (NH48)
Distance of Sambhar Lake from Jaipur – 81.4KMs (NH48)
Distance of Sambhar Lake from Ajmer – 85.2KMs (via Kishangarh-Roopangarh road)
Important Tip – Google Maps will suggest you multiple routes, but I’ll recommend choosing the one I’ve mentioned. There is hardly anyone travelling on these village roads from whom you can confirm directions.
Finding a Camping site
There are a couple of state highways surrounded by the lake. So, it is easy to find a camping site. Just look for hard ground, instead of wet one, and you’re good to camp.
Before you setup, the camp and the campfire, make sure the distance is, at least, 4-5KMs away from the road.
The locals there are not that modern to see your traveller things, and they might not like it.
Unless you’ve an experienced person in the team (Yogesh sir in our case), it is highly recommended to reach the place before sunset and do the setup.
Find a way to keep a track of your direction, otherwise you might really get lost inside the lake. Once you’re 2-3KMs inside, it is impossible to see anything on any sides.
Carry water and food with you, as there is hardly any source of these two. The water here is salty which you might not like at all!
Food and Stay
There is hardly a place where you can stay here and I don’t think there are any homestay options either. So, either visit the place in the day time and get back after Sunset or camping is the best choice.
There is a really small but good restaurant in Sambhar village. You’ll find it on the primary Bus Stand road in the village. The food is delicious and very affordable.
I’ve tried their food twice. Everything from their Menu is recommended.
Not a foodie?
Off Beat Photography Place
Sambhar Lake is an offbeat photography place in Rajasthan and it is definitely an ace one. You cannot see anything other than the lake and its emptiness.
It is a perfect place to do wedding shoot or sunrise-sunset shoots, and you can even capture the milky way in the night. Yes, the sky is that clear as there is hardly any pollution here.
Just do a Google search and you’ll find amazing captures. No doubt, it is one of the best places for photography in Rajasthan. Or see the best I captured!
Camping Experience and More Pictures
Now that you’re aware of everything related to Sambhar and how to do Camping here, let’s talk about the experience.
We reached our Camping site (near Shakambhari Temple) at 9 PM. It was dark and we couldn’t see anything.
After driving into the lake, for 15-20 minutes at 100KMPH, the first thing we noticed was how clear the sky was. We could see each and every star, which are hardly a case in metro and non-metro cities.
Did you burn a firecracker on New Year or Diwali? “Good job!”
We expected it to be chilly, as it was the end of December, but it wasn’t that cold. Once we’re done with our sky watching activity, we also noticed fog (due to winter and water body).
After 15-20 minutes, we decided to sleep on the mattress and then continue our sky watching the activity. As we all started feeling neck pain. Yes, it’s that gorgeous!
An hour later, we decided to start the camp setup and fire. For rest of the night, we had our usual baketi session.
While returning back to Jaipur on the New Year’s morning, we stopped at a highly recommended Dhaba from one of our travelling friend, Kuldeep Singh. The food was not only delicious but damn affordable.
We all have done hundreds of rides on NH8, between Delhi-Jaipur-Ajmer and this is the best and affordable dhaba. You won’t find it on Google Maps or Facebook.
Name – Olakh Dhaba
Location – approx 30-40KMs before Jaipur
It is very popular among truck drivers and you can taste the authentic Punjabi recipes too.
There are a good number of mountains around the lake where you can do a little bit of trekking too.
At least, we did!
Wish you Happy New Year! Keep Traveling!