Lonar in Buldhana district of Maharashtra is the site of a giant crater created by a huge meteor thousands of years ago. The crater is now a saline lake and houses rare flora-fauna.It is famous among scientists worldwide, but is almost unknown among Indian public. This state of oblivion is an injustice to the place which deserves to be a major tourist destination.
Just see this amazing fact sheet:
Formed 50,000 years ago
Diameter 1.8 Km
Upper Circumference 8 Km
Depth from edge to the bottom 132 mtrs
Depth of lake 500 mtrs
Circumference of lake 4 Kms
We made it to Lonar during a drive from Aurangabad to Nagpur and spent about two hours there.
The lake can not be captured in one frame of camera. Gauri took a number of pictures and put them together in photoshop to create this panorama.
The place is somewhat out of the way as it is not connected by train, neither does it lie on any major highway. It also does not have much tourism infrastructure to speak of, which is a pity.
The only tourist resort there is run by MTDC and personally, I did not form a very high opinion of it during the short time we spent there, though it sits at a fab location overlooking the crater.
The govt has also not done much to maintain the place. As a result, Lonar town is quite unclean and lackluster. There is also the requirement of constructing a paved walkway around the upper edge of the crater which could be a huge attraction for trekkers.
This board at the MTDC resort gives some information about the crater.
We also could not trek to the bottom of the crater as we had to reach Nagpur by evening and were really short of time. But it would have been a memorable experience, I am sure. There are many temples inside the crater, around the lake which we could see from the top. Unfortunately, we had to be content at that.
This picture of Daitya Sudan Temple is taken from the internet.
The odometer of our car read as follows:
Sindkhed Raja 98
Kingaon Raja 112