British-era Rail Line on Sambhar Lake

British-era Rail Line on Sambhar Lake, Rajasthan, India

I was curious to know the process of salt making. I was at Shakambhari Mata Temple, and I ask the priest – where I can watch the process of salt making.

The priest said: as you go backward towards Sambhar Lake, you will pass Kocha ki Dhani. Just close to Kocha ki Dhani is the dam where you can watch the salt process.

OK – said I.

And drive to locate Kocha ki Dhani to reach dam-unable to find. But yes birds, ducks within salty water.

As we continue driving on the left side of the road, we saw the salt-making process – we stop.

22 km drive since we left the temple.

We walk into the salty land. A man was sitting alone in front of a wood fire – cold days for sure. Nanda – The name. Upon the query he said:

Salt is up to Didwana. The land here is not solid. The moment rainwater touch land turns into salty water. Sun vapors salty water and salt is used for trade. To know whether salty water is OK for the salt process or not an instrument named cc bomi is used that checks the degree. 25-26 degrees we start the salt-making process.

Thank you – said I for enhancing my knowledge.

Upon the request, he permitted us to walk upon small paths made within various Kyari (small fields). There is a railway track not used now a day but was laid by Britishers long back to transport salt as we walk within.

How much is the total salt production yearly? – I question.

10-12 metric tonnes approx. said Nanda.

Many Bollywood movies are shot here and one of the well-known movies is – ‘Jodha Akbar.’

A new experience since the day I was born. It was time to drive further towards Sambhar Town to watch the Salt Iodization & Processed Salt Plant to know further the process of salt cleaning and the packaging of salt.