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 View of Gomukh Temple.
View of Daitya sudan Temple.
MTDC Resort.

 

Lonar
General Information about Lonar

Location: Lonar Crater is located on the outskirts of Lonar town in Buldhana District.
Climate and clothing: Dry, pleasant weather. Light woolens are recommended for winter and cool cottons for summer.
Language spoken: Marathi, Hindi an English

Beautiful view of Lonar Crater.Situated on the outskirts of Lonar town in Buldhana District, the Lonar Crater was first discovered in 1823 by J.E. Alexander and written about in ancient scripts like the Skanda Puran, the Padma Puran and the Aaina-i-Akbari.

Lonar is distinguished by the fact that it is the world's third largest crater - formed nearly 50,000 years ago, when a 2 million-ton meteorite impacted the earth to create a depression 1.83 kilometers in diameter and 150 meters deep.

Since that cataclysmic event Lonar has evolved into an idyllic expanse of sky blue water amidst a sprawling emerald forest that stretches around it as far as the eye can see. Today, it attracts casual tourists as well as members of the international scientific community, including the Smithsonian Institution of Washington DC, the US Geological Survey, the Geological Survey of India, and Sagar University and Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad (to name a few), all of which have conducted extensive studies at the site.

The scientific angle aside, this destination also has something to offer wildlife enthusiasts as it abounds in both flora and fauna. The crater is home to hundreds of peafowl, chinkara and gazelles, which browse amongst the shrubs and bushes ringing the lake. Other residents include egrets, moor hens, herons, coots, white-necked storks, lapwings, grey wagtails, grebes, black droungos, green bee-eaters, tailorbirds, magpies and robins - as well as numerous species of migratory birds.

Lonar impresses one with the richness of its natural heritage. And, like the meteorite that put it on the map, leaves a lasting impression.

Sights:

Those with a passion for exploration and archeology will find a lot in Lonar to interest them, especially the temples and relics around the crater's floor, most of which were constructed during the Puranic period.

Many of these (built in the Hemadpanti style, without the use of cementing agents) have fallen into ruin. But those that have survived the ravages of time continue to attract pilgrims who pay obeisance to Renukadevi and Lords Ganesh, Shiva, and Narasimha. Of special interest is the Gomukh Temple, along the rim of the crater, from which flows a perennial stream.

A short walk from the crater is the Daitya temple with its panels, friezes and angled bracket figures, which are evocative of the Hoysala style. Equally impressive is the Dhar temple Complex with its Brahma Kund and Dhar Kund, where on of the crater's freshwater streams has been channeled into a large tank.

Getting There:

By Air: The nearest airport is Aurangabad, 122 km away.

By Train: The nearest railhead is Jalna, 90 km away.

By Road: Mumbai - Aurangabad - Jalna - Lonar: 600 km. Buldhana - Lonar: 95 km. Mehakar - Lonar: 23 km. Aurangabad - Lonar: 145 km.

Where to Stay:

MTDC Holiday Resort: MTDC's Resort, just a short walk from the crater, offers self contained rooms, which are ideal for families, as well as more spacious living quarters for larger groups. The rooms are comfortable, airy, well lit and offer fine views of the Lonar Crater.

Reservation: Mumbai, Aurangabad and other regional offices.

 

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