Road trip to Lonar, Maharashtra

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13th Dec 2018
Photo of Road trip to Lonar, Maharashtra by Padmanabh Choudhury

Dried out trees along the Lonar crater lake shore in Buldhana district, Maharashtra, India. The crater was formed by a meteor impact during the Pleistocene Epoch and is the only known hyper velocity impact crater in basaltic rock anywhere on Earth.

Photo of Lonar Lake, Lonar, Maharashtra, India by Padmanabh Choudhury

Bird species visit the lake regularly. Some are migratory, some are resident.

Photo of Lonar Lake, Maharashtra by Padmanabh Choudhury

Nesting pair of birds along the lake shore.

Photo of Lonar Lake, Lonar, Maharashtra, India by Padmanabh Choudhury

More bird species. If you stay at the MTDC resort, these and more will be regular visitors.

Photo of MTDC Resort Lonar, Patel Nagar, Buldhana, Maharashtra, India by Padmanabh Choudhury

Where there's a lake or water body, there's usually a Kingfisher.

Photo of MTDC Resort Lonar, Patel Nagar, Buldhana, Maharashtra, India by Padmanabh Choudhury

Three watch towers surround the crater along its rim. Access is restricted after dusk as the crater is technically a forest and is governed as such.

Photo of Lonar Crater, Maharashtra by Padmanabh Choudhury

Get a legit local guide to take you down the crater walls along the trekking route.

Photo of Lonar Crater, Maharashtra by Padmanabh Choudhury

Panorama of the Lonar Crater from watch tower one. The MTDC resort is the white building to the right of this picture.

Photo of Lonar Crater, Maharashtra by Padmanabh Choudhury

Food's great at the MTDC Resort. Simple things though.

Photo of MTDC Resort Lonar, Patel Nagar, Buldhana, Maharashtra, India by Padmanabh Choudhury

Evenings can get cold along the crater. Not that you are allowed in.

Photo of Lonar Crater, Maharashtra by Padmanabh Choudhury

MTDC Resort has sprawling grounds and is located right next to the crater rim.

Photo of MTDC Resort Lonar, Patel Nagar, Buldhana, Maharashtra, India by Padmanabh Choudhury

Plenty of parking available at the Resort.

Photo of MTDC Resort Lonar, Patel Nagar, Buldhana, Maharashtra, India by Padmanabh Choudhury

Highly recommended.

Photo of Lonar Lake, Maharashtra by Padmanabh Choudhury

This picture gives one an idea of the scale of the crater. That is a local sitting on the rim on the left of the picture taking in the quiet evening air. Taken from Tower 3 at sunset (and just before the guard came along asking people to leave)

Photo of Lonar Lake, Maharashtra by Padmanabh Choudhury

The descent and climb are easy enough if you go with a guide. There are steeper routes for the more adventurous.

Photo of Lonar Lake, Maharashtra by Padmanabh Choudhury

A troupe occupies Tower 3 in the late morning sun. They tolerate people's presence rather well, and vice versa.

Photo of Lonar Lake, Maharashtra by Padmanabh Choudhury
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