- 1. The lake is unique
- 2. Stay at Resort with crater view
- 3. Explore Unique old temples in the Lonar city
- Daitya Sudan
- Sleeping hanuman Temple
- 4. Strange Facts about the lake
- 5. Explore Centuries-old abandoned temples around the lake & Jungle Trek
- 6. Spotting Wildlife in the jungle
- 7. Magnetic rocks and failing compasses
- 8. Spend time with local village kids
- Let’s summarise:
- Why Lonar?
- Where to stay?
- How to reach from Mumbai?
- Days required?
Lonar is famous for crater, also known as Lonar lake or Lonar crater,formed over 50,000 years ago due to the collision of a meteorite on the surface of the region. It is located at Lonar in Buldhana district, Maharashtra, India and is a meteor impact lake. Only known hyper velocity impact crater in basaltic rock anywhere on Earth.
1. The lake is unique
Sounds interesting right !!!!! There are still many more reasons to add on. Read about the questions left unanswered!!!!!!
- India’s prehistoric meteoric crater
- Waterbody which is alkaline and saline at the same time, the Lonar Lake supports micro-organisms rarely found elsewhere on earth
- Surrounded by lush jungle around the lake. You may be lucky to spot leopard as well.
- Gazelle, langur, bats, mongoose, barking deer and chinkara also inhabit the forest
- Centuries-old abandoned temples.
- Rare blue-green algae can be seen in the lake
2. Stay at Resort with crater view
We stayed at MTDC resort which is pretty close to the lake and is a decent place to stay in terms of food and room facilities.
3. Explore Unique old temples in the Lonar city
We started by exploring the temples near around Lonar crater. First in the list is Daitya Sudan which will remind you of the Khajuraho temple
Sleeping hanuman Temple
One more in the list of temples is the huge Hanuman statue in a sleeping position built out of the magnetic rock. Villagers have their own set of the story behind the magnetic effect which is also not less interesting.
We then moved ahead towards the lake to explore the ancient temples around the lake through an adventurous jungle trek. It is quite adventurous when you have to walk through the dense forest.
4. Strange Facts about the lake
The lake is in the shape of the bowl. NASA and Geological Survey of India to attempt answers to questions like –
- Why is the lake alkaline and saline at the same time?
- Why does it support micro-organisms rarely found elsewhere on Earth?
Check what NASA says https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/images/8654/lonar-crater-india
5. Explore Centuries-old abandoned temples around the lake & Jungle Trek
There are a total of 10 to 11 temples surrounding the lake. Most of them are in ruins but yet a treat to the eyes. So we began the journey into the dense forest.
Watch those staircase going down.. which shows there must be some temple beneath. The archeology team still working in this area to explore more about the place
Walk into the forest continues and we reached the next temple dedicated also to lord Rama
6. Spotting Wildlife in the jungle
We have to keep walking into the jungle, if lucky enough one can spot the Leopard, yes you read it right ..Leopard. During our trip, we were just lucky enough to hear the roar of it. Also, count on your luck to witness peacocks dancing and other unique wildlife.
7. Magnetic rocks and failing compasses
Compasses fail to work in certain parts of the crater. Our guide actually showed us this in some parts of the lake. Scientists do not have answers to these questions still. He also showed us different magnetic rock pieces found around the lake.
And what lurks at the bottom? No one knows!! Pretty curious stuff know.
Journey through the jungle continues and next, we reached Shiva Temple.
As you can see most of the temples are in ruins. But still there is some vibe full of curiosity at this place as you learn more about it.We were accompanied with the local guide who told us lot of facts about the place.
The carvings are really a masterpiece and even though temples are in ruin,the architecture and carvings are must to be seen
The next temple we saw was of kamaljai Mata. it’s a quiet place to rest and enjoy in the nature lapse. Best part about this place is being entirely surrounded by greenery.
We walked up these stairs to reach next temple in the list named Gaumukh Temple.
In one of the Kunda (tank) in the temple, there is an eternal water stream. The water stream is called as ‘Dhar’ in Marathi hence the temple is also named as ‘Dhar Temple’ and the Kunda in which the stream is channelized is called as ‘Dhar Kunda’ which is assumed by devotees to be holy.
8. Spend time with local village kids
In addition to all of these temples and the jungle trek, we got a chance to visit the farms of our local guide Rajesh. It felt so good to meet these village kids and noticing the happiness on their faces even when living in minimum resources.
Over all the trip was 10 on 10.I would say it’s must to be checkout place.
- India’s prehistoric meteor impact lake
- Ancient temples with marvellous architecture
- Dense jungle trek with rich wildlife
- Witness the phenomena which NASA and Indian geologist trying to find answers to…
- Unique green algae on which migratory birds feed. There is no Marine life in the lake.
Where to stay?
How to reach from Mumbai?
We took train till Jalna. And then the local transport upto Lonar.
A weekend is enough.
**Don’t listen to what they say, go and see it.**
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