This is a large inland saltwater lake just 70 km from Jaipur. With a stark but stunning white landscape, it is a birdwatcher's paradise. The word 'sambhar' means 'salt' and the lake is named so as its surrounding regions have high concentrations of salt. This lake has been classified as a Ramsar site (wetland of worldwide animation) and is home to flamingos, which are a major attraction of this place. One can also spot a large number of pelicans here. Sambhar lake has been mentioned in the epic Mahabharata as well and the story says that the lake was part of the kingdom of a devil lord called Brishparva. Goddess Shakambari Devi turned the plains of the town into a mine of precious metal. However, since people were worried that such wealth would corrupt many, the goddess turned it into a reservoir of salt.

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