Lonar (लोणार) is a town and a municipal council in Buldhana district of the division of Buldhana of the region of Vidarbha in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is a Taluka of the district of Buldhana and is located near Mehkar. It is an important place in Buldhana district and is famous for Lonar crater and Lonar Lake, which is located at 19°58′N 76°30′E.Lonar is situated around 550 km from Mumbai, around 160 km from Aurangabad and around 140 km southeast of the famous Ajanta Caves, about 4½ hours drive via Buldhana. Though it is in proximity to many tourist spots, it is not visited by many tourists.Lonar is located at 19°59′06″N 76°31′23″E. It has an average elevation of 563 metres (1847 feet). Lonar Lake is a saltwater lake at Lonar in Buldana district, Maharashtra, India, which was created by a meteor hitting the Earth during the Pleistocene Epoch. The impact crater thereby formed is the only hypervelocity meteoritic impact crater on basalt rock. A lake that evolved in the resulting basaltic rock formation, is both saline and alkaline in nature. Geologists, ecologists, archaeologists, naturalists and astronomers have reported several studies on the various aspects of this crater lake ecosystem. Lonar Lake has a mean diameter of 1.2 kilometres (3,900 ft) and is about 137 metres (449 ft) below the crater rim. The meteor crater rim is about 1.8 kilometres (5,900 ft) in diameter. The circular depression bears a saline water lake in its central portion.The crater's age is usually estimated to be 52,000 ± 6,000 years (Pleistocene),although a study published in 2010 gives an age of 656,000 ± 81,000 years. Lonar is one of those places which has lost it's vicinity and even the Archaeological Society of India is not serious upto preserving this awesome place. It is said that, if Lonar Crater is studied carefully, YOU WOULD NEVER REQUIRE TO GO TO MARS!- source BBC DISCOVERY DOCUMENTARY available on Youtube.Stories to be believed, the Lonar when hit by the meteor, there were 09 temples, 01 cave and 1000 lives lost, still date, there are ruins everywhere. Imagine you get to see a devastation that occured appx 60,000 year earlier.
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305 Kms from Lonar
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Famous for its many temples and ghats, Nashik is one of the holiest cities in India. And for those looking for something more, there are the Sula Vineyards to explore. The eventful history of Nasik is evident in its various forts, including Harihar Fort and Ramshej Fort, that are sprinkled all over the city. The Sita Gufa or the Cave of Sita is believed to be the spot from where Goddess Sita was abducted by Ravana, while Panchvati is believed to be the asylum of Lord Rama during his exile. The Timbakeshwar Temple of Nasik is as much an architectural masterpiece as it is a religious centre. Carved intricately, this much-celebrated temple is perched on top of the Brahmagiri hills. Indulge your senses at the Sula Vineyards, which offer an insightful and entertaining tour that offers information on wine manufacturing and a chance for wine tasting. Nasik offers an impressive assortment of Maharashtrian food that is lightly influenced by the neighbouring states of Gujarat and Rajasthan. Popular restaurants include Barbeque Ville Veg Aroma and Aster The Coffee Shop. For accommodation, Nashik has options in all segments – budget, mid-range and luxury hotels.
315 Kms from Lonar
Best time to visit - January,February,October,November,December
Though it's a small city making its way towards commercialisation, Nagpur is a delight to discover. It also offers all its visitors a delicious variety of oranges. More importantly, Nagpur is the gateway to many national parks and reserves including Pench National Park and Tadoba-Andhari Tiger Reserve. Among places to see in Nagpur, Shree Ganesh Mandir Tekdi, Deeksha Bhoomi and Nagpur Ramtek temple are great options to include in your itinerary. The high quality mandarin oranges grown here are souvenirs to carry back home in case you are here for a day. Though, it's best not to expect too much from the city as a tourist since you might be disappointed.
135 Kms from Lonar
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The destination of the World Heritage sites of Ajanta and Ellora caves where you find a new meaning of beauty, Aurangabad was named after the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. The city is located at the banks of the Kham River and known as one of the most historically significant cities of Maharshtra. You will also find the best museums out here which include the three most important ones. These are the Sunehri Mahal Museum, University Museum and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Museum. apart from recieving all other modern facilities and amenities during your trip, you can laze away the afternoons in the beauty of the Bani Begum Gardens too.
317 Kms from Lonar
Best time to visit - January,February,March,April,May,June,July,August,September,October,November,December
Saputara is a picturesque hill station located in the Dang district of Gujarat. Known as the 'womb of nature', Saputara is wrapped in greenery and boasts of untouched beauty. Perhaps the most famous hill station in the region, it offers a respite from mundane city life. Similar to most hill stations, Saputara has tons of places for you to explore. Do visit the pristine Saputara Lake, the Nageshwar Mahadev Temple, the sunrise point and the sunset point, which offers panoramic views of the entire region and are a photographer's delight! The hill station, situated on a plateau of the Western Ghats, has an interesting tribal culture with an 'Artist Village' that offers a peek into tribal culture and way of life. Saputara is natively known as the 'abode of serpents', and the beautiful Sarpagana river that flows by it has sacred relevance for the tribals. Saputara is also home to several wildlife sanctuaries and national parks, including the Purna Wildlife Sanctuary. The Gira Falls located in the periphery is another must-visit and so are the myriad gardens surrounding the falls.
229 Kms from Lonar
Best time to visit - January,February,March,September,October,November,December
One of the most sacred towns in India, Shirdi, also known as Sainagar or the Land of Sai, is located in the state of Maharashtra. Considered to be the place where the saint Sai Baba lived till 1918, it houses the great Sai Baba Temple. The temple is the burial site of Sai Baba and holds a lot of importance for devotees from across the country. Entry to the temple is free but to escape the crowd, there are special passes available for a certain amount. Don't miss the evening aarti and also be prepared for a huge rush to enter the temple. Gurusthan is another significant spot. It is the tree where Baba was often seen meditating. After visiting the tree one can collect Udhi which is a powder given to visitors and devotees. You can also visit Dwarakamayi; situated adjacent to the temple, which is the mosque where Sai Baba lived for 60 years till his samadhi in 1918. Devotees go there to watch Dhuni, the fire that was lit by Baba 100 years ago and is still ablaze.
255 Kms from Lonar
Best time to visit - January,February,September,October,November,December
Home to one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India, Omkareshwar in Madhya Pradesh is located about 60 minutes from Indore. Visited by tourists from across the world, Omkareshwar is perhaps one of the most popular spots around Indore. The small town is home to two temples, Omkareshwar and Mamleshwar, located opposite each other. It is widely believed that Mamleshwar is actually where the Jyotirlinga is situated, though both temples are architecturally brilliant and have a wonderful energy. You can either take the connecting bridge to the temple from the mainland or enjoy a boat ride till the temple. The rates are nominal and the boat drivers serve as knowledgeable tour guides. Once at the temple, be a little careful. Not only is it very crowded but priests bombard you with requests of donating money to the temple. There is a small market adjacent to the market, though you won't find many things to take back home, there are a few souvenirs you can pick up. Avoid the summer months since it's unbearably hot in the region.
311 Kms from Lonar
Best time to visit - February,October,November,December
Bhandardara is a hill statiomerely 185 km from the busy city of Mumbai, making it a very popular weekend destination. Perhaps one of the few towns that offers eco-tourism opportunities, Bhandardara is home to a number of waterfalls, lakes and temples. Situated by the Pravara river, this laid back town offers a quiet, peaceful respite from the chaos of the cities. The lakes here include the 34 km long Lake Arthur Hill, which receives water from Randha Falls that come down from over 45 meters. It is also used as a major source of generating hydro power. The lake is surrounded by dense forests and holds religious importance. Umbrella Falls situated near the old Wilson Dam is a beautiful tourist spot and is certainly a must visit if you'd like to spend your afternoon amidst nature. There are quite a few food stalls around so you will have enough choices for a good lunch! The 1,200 year old temple, which features Lord Shiva's Amruteshwar Temple, is surrounded by mountains and has beautiful rock carvings on the main shrine. Do also visit the Ratangad Fort, which is located at a close distance to the old Lord Shiva Temple. Mount Kalsubai, considered to be the highest peak in Maharashtra is also located here and makes for a great trekking destination for experienced trekkers. In fact, Bhandardara has many opportunities for small treks and hikes.
152 Kms from Lonar
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
We've all heard numerous stories about the enchanting twin caves of Ajanta and Ellora. Located about 30 km from Aurangabad, Ellora is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are a total of 34 caves in Ellora that are inspired by Buddhist architecture and are a delight for history buffs, art lovers, photographers and explorers. Quiet, serene and extremely pleasing, Ellora should be on every traveller's list! Do visit the stunning Kailasa Temple in Ellora's cave 16. Considered to be one of the largest rock-cut temples in the world, the temple assumes an overwhelming presence and is a sight to behold. It is an attempt to replicate the temple at Mount Kailasa, the abode of Lord Shiva and for tourists visiting, it truly does seem like an impression. There are a few other places to see in Ellora including waterfalls and temples, though every touristy spot is connected to the caves and it'll be quite a surprise if you do find time to visit other places! The caves can take up to 3 days if you want to explore them thoroughly and enjoy the art and architecture. Do remember that the caves are closed on Tuesday, but open on all national holidays. You don't have to worry about places to stay here since there are tons of wonderful hotels in Ellora, including the Ellora Heritage Resort. Incase you are looking for a homestay, do check out a few reviews before you take your pick!