Most tourists come to nearby Aurangabad to visit the Ajanta and Ellora caves, but hardly make it to Lonar Crater. So, here are few reasons why Lonar Crater Lake needs to be on your bucket list:
• The Lonar crater is the best preserved impact crater formed in basalt rock and is the only one-of-its-kind on earth.
From the number of meteors that drop towards the Earth – anywhere from 30,000 to 1,50,000 each year – this one managed to create the Earth’s largest and only hyper-velocity impact crater in basaltic rock.
• Lonar Lake is an incredible place to witness migratory and local birds.
Shelduck, black-winged stilts, brahminy ducks, red-wattled lapwings, blue jays, bayaweavers, hoopoes, barn owls, golden oriole, larks, tailorbirds, parakeet and peafowl, spot them all at Lonar Crater!
• The Lonar Lake is an exceptional ‘bowl of unparalleled biodiversity’.
Along with migratory birds, gazelle, langur, bats, mongoose, barking deer and chinkara also inhabit the surrounding jungle spread with teak trees. A belt of large trees, about a mile broad, runs all round the Lonar Lake in rings of tamarind and babul trees.
• Each of Lonar Crater’s temples is a world of its own, experience it!
The Ram Gaya temple, the Kamalja Devi temple, and the partially-submerged Shankar Ganesha temple, are all situated near the Lonar Lake. The most significant temple, however, sits in heart of the Lonar town – the Daitya Sudan temple. This temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, exterminator of the demon Lonasura.
• The Lonar Lake trek adds to the charm of the place.
This trek involves covering the 6 km perimeter of Lonar Lake. Every section of the lake has a different experience to offer. There are multiple starting points to the trek, such as the Maharastra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) Hotel.
Read more about the trek here.
You can also explore the lost world of the Lonar Crater with Mumbai Travellers.