A mystery that even NASA intrigued.…..Read about the questions left unanswered!!!!!!
Lonar Lake, also known as 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.
Sounds interesting right !!!!! There are still many more reasons to add on.
1.India’s prehistoric meteoric crater
2.Water body which is alkaline and saline at the same time, the Lonar Lake supports micro-organisms rarely found elsewhere on earth
3.Surrounded with lush jungle around the lake.You may be lucky to spot leopard as well.
4.Gazelle, langur, bats, mongoose, barking deer and chinkara also inhabit the forest
5.Centuries old abandoned temples.
6.Rare blue green algae can be seen in lake
Stay-MTDC Resort Lonar
We started with exploring the temples in the city of Lonar. First in the list is Daitya sudan which will remind you of the Khazuraho temple
One more in the list of temples is the huge Hanuman statue in sleeping position built out of magnetic rock. Villagers have their own set of 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. Believe me its adventurous when you have to walk through the dense forest.
first view of the lake-
The lake is in shape of bowl. NASA and Geological Survey of India to attempt answers to questions like –
1.Why is the lake alkaline and saline at the same time?
2.Why does it support micro-organisms rarely found elsewhere on Earth?
There are total 10 to 11 temples surrounding the lake. Most of them are in ruins but yet an 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
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 peacock dance and other unique wildlife.
Compasses fail to work in certain parts of the crater …Our guide actually showed us this at some parts of lake. Scientist do not have answers to these questions still..
And what lurks at the bottom? No one knows…. Pretty curious stuff know !!!!!!!
Journey through the jungle continues and this is the next temple we came across.
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 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.
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.
In addition to all of these temples and the jungle trek we did..we got a chance to visit the farms of our local guide Rajesh bhau Away from the hustle bustle of our town life ,spent some time with the kids of the village
Over all the trip was 10 on 10.I would say it’s must to be checkout place.
Why Lonar –
1.India’s prehistoric meteor impact lake
2.Ancient temples with marvellous architecture
3.Dense jungle trek with rich wildlife
4.Witness the phenomena which NASA and Indian geologist trying to find answers to…
5.Unique green algae on which migratory birds feed. There is no Marine life in the lake.
Where to stay- MTDC Resort
How to reach – We took train till Jalna. And then the local transport .
Days required- A weekend is enough…
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