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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 i...
This short trip was memorable in many ways. I fulfilled my wish to do a summit trek, before I touched the sea in the same week. Going to Mumbai after a long gap was something really amazing. For me, its always - 'The mountains are calling', but this time the seas called as well, and am glad I answered..
My likeness for nature, wildlife and photography, and a curiosity to meet Shere Khan in his natural habitat, took me to the Mougli land, Pench national park.I took a train from Hyderabad till Nagpur, and then a taxi to Pench. I was planning to take the jungle safari from the Turia gate in Madhya Pradesh, so I stayed in one of the resorts close to the gate. There are two safaris per day from Turia, one in the morning from 6A.M. to 10A.M., and another in the evening from 3P.M to 6P.M. You can make online reservations for these from https://forest.mponline.gov.in (I will recommend making prior reservations, especially around the weekend). I stayed there for 2 days and did a total of 4 safaris, two in the morning and two in the evening, and I spotted a tiger in one of the morning safaris. Tiger sightings are more probable in the morning, and more the number of safaris you do, better the chances of sighting the big cats, so plan accordingly.Apart from the Bengal Tiger, the jungle is also home to many other species of animals and birds. Here is what I saw:Birds: Indian Roller, Peacock, Junglefowl, Pipit, Collared Scops Owl, Vulture, Crested Hawk Eagle, Kingfisher, Rufous Treepie, Racket Tailed Drongo, White-bellied Drongo, Parakeet, Grey Hornbill, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Woodpecker, Green Bee-eater, Stork, Red Wattled Lapwing, Brahminy Duck
By about 5 pm we had even entered the municipal limits of Nagpur and were at Vishnuji ki Rasoi, the drop off point. I collected my GIANT which had already arrived and decided to cycle back home and therefore made an arrangement with Sachin to pick up my luggage from his home in the evening.The sudden transition of environs – good roads laced with ample greenery and not much traffic to dug up and potholed roads with vehicular traffic in a persistent hurry, was tough to handle immediately. It was a huge adventure in itself having until now been in a different frame of mind. The laid back passive cycling engaged in on the Tour was now replaced with an adrenaline surging and “brake-full” ride to avoid potholes and rash motorcyclists.Like my friend and fellow biker Rohit said the evening before, indeed Satpura evoked just these words “Ye jungle kitna sundar hai”. And the Tour around this jungle had been a revelation in itself. Not a moment in the Tour did I find dull enough to warrant a complaint. The planning was meticulous, the route awe-inspiring and the support fantabulous. The bar of standards had been set very high by Cycle Safari considering that this was their first major tour. It would also be a sacrilege to miss out on mentioning the huge role the volunteers played in making the Tour de Satpura a success. Hats off to them!The memories Tour de Satpura has left behind are indelible and I intend to revel in them as long as I can. Thank you once again Cycle Safari!
#TripotoCyclesToGoaThe day of the Tour had dawned and I was up by 4 am. It had been a very bad night with poor sleep and I was a nervous wreck. I had lost all confidence in self and somehow had started doubting my cycling capabilities. I almost had a panic attack (if that is the correct word) and was on the verge of calling up Sachin to withdraw from the Tour. Tea and some contemplation calmed me and with a hesitant change of mind, I was back to getting ready for the Tour albeit a bit slower.Cycling gear on, I finally hailed an Uber to Ravi Bhawan - our gathering point for the start of the Tour. All along in the cab I had this weird feeling of dread and trepidation about my own self. Would I be able to cycle along the big shots and those on their road bikes since I was but a hybrid biker? Funnily enough, I don’t know why these self doubts had suddenly appeared. I had done a good number of brevets in the past and had never had such self-depreciating feelings ever, not even on my first Brevet!The cabbie, considerably chatty considering the time of the morning eased me a bit. He dropped me at Ravi Bhawan and as I made my way inside the premises, I realised that I hadn’t taken out my bag from the luggage compartment. A stream of expletives to self and I was back on the road running after the cab shouting for him to stop! Since he hadn’t gone much far, I was lucky and was soon making my way back to Ravi Bhawan with luggage in tow. Somehow the day was refusing to start on a sober note!
Post the bike handing over and the briefing, the plan for the night was to sleep early. However my packing was yet to be done and I ended up spending a sizable amount of the later part of the evening wrapping up my luggage. And from somewhere out of the sub-conscious a thought crept up - Had I taken the right decision by signing up for the tour? Would I, on my hybrid be able to stand up the distance and the average speeds the other riders on the road bikes would be notching up? Would my decision to sign up in the heat of the moment be justified or would I end up being swept up by the sweep vehicle every day?Sleep was therefore the casualty and it was a bad night to start with!This post has been originally published by me on my blog EnvironmentFootprints. But nevertheless I would be sharing my experience of the entire Tour here as well. Keep watching this space to know how the Tour De Satpura unfolded for me.
Soon enough the evening of 18th August dawned. It was time for the briefing and handing over of bikes prior to the tour. The briefing sailed through pretty fast and so did the handing over of bikes. I was pretty impressed with the make shift stands (designed from PVC pipes) the organizers had contrived for safely transporting the bikes in the trucks.
My home-town, place what I call 'Home'
135 Kms from Lonar
Best time to visit - N/A
The destination of the World Heritage sites of Ajanta and Ellora caves where you find a new meaning of beauty, Aurangaba...
We reached Ajanta by 11 am,caves are little away from parking place where you get Government buses to go inside Ajanta caves area.We get into that bus and within next 10-15 minutes we were at caves base location ,we brought our camera and entry tickets and started exploring biggest man-made caves I seen ever.
Day 3 started with an early morning trip to Dadar railway station to catch the Tapovan express to Aurangabad. It takes around 7-8 hours and is pretty taxing if you are not used to day time train travels. We preferred this train to avoid complications in check-in time at the hotel etc. There are overnight trains to Aurangabad and also flights from Mumbai. Aurangabad is around 300+ kms away and zoom car is also an option (we did not explore it though).We reached Aurangabad around 1PM and checked into Hotel Keys Aures . After a quick refreshment, proceeded to see Panchakki and Bibi Ka Maqbara. Bibi Ka Maqbara is a must watch though its said to be a poor imitation of Taj Mahal.
The vehicle took off and we set on our way chatting and frolicking , recording videos of ourselves and of the beaut environs of Aurangabad in the pleasant drizzle AND… of course , reminiscing over our old and new one-sided loved ones . The next stop was at a Motel about forty kms before Ajanta caves. Half of us freshened ourselves up , the other half didn’t feel like it. Notsowhite tried to take a dump twice , but to no avail.After at least three of us had relieved ourselves, we took a light breakfast , grabbed a few cans and took off again amid fun , frolic and raunchy remarks and slanders. Theslut , who was a boy. Since we were all boys , spent the journey taking the piss out of Bro. The non-kafir was the quiet and probably the maturest one. I had packed along two books, one of which was ‘the Satanic Verses’ , and throughout the trip , I managed to read no more than five pages.Finally , we arrived at the bus stop of Ajanta from where a shuttle bus would take us to the caves. We bought a few statuettes of supposedly ‘antique-stone’ (as per the seller) and then after taking along a few packets of chips and snacks and clicking a few pictures of the wondrous hills encompassing us , boarded the shuttle bus . It was a short and wavy journey through the hills and forests and was really a spectacle to behold.
We got down at Aurangabad at 8:30 am which was late as the train got delayed by 90 mins. we had our breakfast, rather I would say it was a brunch as we planned to make it till the base village, Salher wadi, without any food breaks by 3 pm and start the trek.We got into the bus at 11:00 am till Malegaon and as per the bus driver we could have reached there by 1:30 but again there was a delay and we only managed to reach Malegaon by 3 pm. Traveling in bus we weren't sure on when would we reach the base village so we decided to take the shared taxi till Satana and continue to base village from there. Thanks to our taxi driver, he agreed to drop us till Salher wadi at very nominal cost. Finally we reached the base village by 6 pm.
Before exploring Bombay we were at our friend’s place at Aurangabad, Maharashtra spending quality time with family. We had a chance to visit Ajanta. It’s a 2 hour drive from Aurangabad. A must visit if you are around Ajanta. It is a thousand years old cave and took around 700 years to construct. I would suggest reading up about Ajanta and then visiting the place rather than hiring a guide, which I did not find reliable. But yes they’ll show some interesting paintings, 3D effects and illusions inside the cave. Total there are 30 caves, only 26 are accessible the other four don’t have a way to get inside. It’ll take you around 3 hours to see all the caves.
As they say that happiness is along the journey not at the end of it, we were actually experiencing it in this road trip of Maharashtra. It was day 3 and we had to cover two more Jyotirlings which were Nagnath in Aundha and Vaijnath in Parli.We had an amazing Maharashtrian breakfast before we left.
Aurangabad is a bustling town (The world-heritage Ajanta and Ellora caves are a little distance away) and I could comfortably find a decent hotel (Hotel Karthiki) near the main bus stop. The hotel was cheap and pretty good for the tariff (Rs. 600 per night). I freshened up and then headed out to the main bus stop to figure out how to get to Lonar. Turns out Lonar wasn’t very much frequented by tourists and was more or less an off-beat destination. I guess researchers and geologists were the ones enamored by the place. So here was the deal with buses. Private buses leave at around 2.30 am to a place called Sultanpur which is about 15km from Lonar. Sultanpur lay enroute to Pune so all buses heading towards Pune might as well stop there on request. There are state transport buses from Aurangabad to Lonar as well but their availability is meager compared to the private buses. One can also take a state transport bus from Aurangabad to Jalna and then head off to Lonar. Jalna is around 100 kms from Lonar and the availability of buses to Lonar from Jalna is more than in Aurangabad. I weighed my options and decided to take a private bus at 2.30am to Sultanpur. Sultanpur is 135km from Aurangabad. The bus promptly did turn up at 2.30 am. It was an uneventful ride to Sultanpur. Reached Sultanpur at about 5.30am. Sultanpur operates private autos to Lonar Village. I parked myself in one of these and amidst “Baazigar” reached Lonar at 6.30am.
Aurangabad is a good place to visit if u love street food.... WE had street sandwich which I think not a single hi fi restaurant can make... WE tasted almost everything there which was available on the streets. There are few historical places but govt is not maintaining them so no one visit them.
This city is named after Mughal Emperor Aurangazeb. It was called Fatehpur before it took its present name. This city is gateway to the World Heritage Sites of Ajanta and Ellora caves. Developed as a modern city, Aurangabad provides all comforts and modern facilities.
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 Mah...
Shani Shingnapur is a small town around 70 kilometres from Shirdi in the hinterland of Maharastra. It is a hub of sugarcane production in the country. It is a famous pilgrim spot for people to propitiate Lord Shani. Pilgrims come from all over to offer their prayers in this holy place. Share taxis are available for around Rs. 200 per head for a to and for journey which can be finished in one day. It takes around 2 hours to reach Shingnapur from Shirdi.Spirituality is not about worshiping out of fear but out of love for god( Daiva Preeti, Papa Bheeti). When we reached the temple it was a peculiar site. All clamoured to put oil and offerings to Shani deva so that their delays, problems and difficulties are alleviated. There was an emotion of fear writ very clearly on their faces. Shani was seen by all as the tormentor who has to be pacified to have a good and peaceful life. Everyone was eager to do their share of worship so that their obstacles are removed and they can get a shortcut to success.There were few lessons which all missed out in the whole process.
I got down from a diesel auto-rickshaw in Rahata, a village five kms from Shirdi and started walking on a dusty road towards Sakori. After a walk of thirty minutes through the hustle bustle of a crowded haat(weekly village market) of the village, I reached Sakori.
Best known as the late 19th century home of the popular guru Shirdi Sai Baba, Shirdi is one of the most famous pilgrim centers with 25,000 devotees coming every day for darshan! On holidays, the number reaches to about half a million people. There are other places of interest that devotees can visit as well, including Dwarkamani Mosque where the Baba, popularly known as 'Child of God,' meditated and slept on alternate nights. Other places of importance are the Gurusthan, the Kandoba Temple, Shani Mandir, Narsimha Mandir, Changdev Maharaj Samadhi and the Sakori Ashram. This is a religious place, so, the food served is vegetarian.
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 ...
It was time to go home. We started at early morning, the way is filled with twists and turns. There was a biotic park and a wildlife sanctuary on the way down. We visited both of those. Though, sanctuary isn't recommended if your vehicle is domestic kind of. There a jeep is required. It is a deep forest.
The next day we woke at sunrise. The view from the hotel was awesome. Fresh, non polluted air welcomed us. After enjoying the morning at hotel we went to have breakfast in town.
#TripotoTakeMeToSandakphuThe wish to go to Saputara took birth when i saw the hoarding of Saputara hill station at Junagadh, Gujarat. So, I decided to go to Saputara with my family. It was the time of winter (December). We decided to go there by road. We took our car and traveled all the way to Saputara from Bhuj. We started in early morning. And the journey was mind blowing. Nothing compares to a road trip with your loved ones. we sang at the top of our lungs, got lost; found new roads and much more.. If you want to add more fun to your trip it's good to use google maps; because it shows the shortest path, however those paths may not be highways. We passed through many villages, where roads were barely there, but fun surely was!
5. Saputara is another scenic and idyllic getaway just 250 km from Mumbai. It is a very popular hill station and is situated in the Sahayadri range. The name of the hill station means ‘Abode of the Serpents’. The tourists here can enjoy an array of adventurous activities. The ‘Artist Village’ is the main attraction where one can buy beautiful artefacts and Warli paintings.
5. SaputaraThe name Saputara literally means the ‘abode of serpents’ and one can find an image of a snake situated on the shore of the river Sarpganga that flows through the town. Saputara has mythological importance as it is believed that Lord Rama spent 11 years of his exile here.
Exceptional ghats. Amazing view of the sunset. A must for adventure fanatics.
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. Visi...
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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 Aurangab...
To visit Ellora, set up camp in Aurangabad, a distance of a mere 30 kilometers. This architectural wonder's most interesting facet is that it is a monolithic structure, that is, it has been carved out of a single block of stone, in this case, the Charanandri Hills. The UNESCO World Heritage site, dating back to the 5th century, was constructed for almost four hundred years. It contains Buddhist monasteries or viharas, as well as caves depicting scenes related to the Hindu and Jain faith. The Kailasa Temple is the centerpiece of the grandeur that is Ellora. It depicts Mount Kailasa, said to be the place where Lord Shiva of the Hindu pantheon resides. The temple appears to have several layers whereas it is carved out of a single rock. A single day's visit is not sufficient to take it all in. Allow yourself at least two days to explore this historical site.
A day on and a short, forty-five minute bus journey north-west of Aurangabad and we were at the UNESCO World Heritage Site; the Ellora Cave Temples. The Ellora Cave Temples are a collection of thirty-four caves strung out along a two kilometer rock face in the green hills outside of Aurrangabad. Hindu, Jain and Buddhist religions are all represented here and were chiseled out of the rock over a period of five centuries by the monks of each respective religion. It’s an incredible example of Indian rock-cut architecture and the monks used these cave as monasteries, chapels and temples once all the work, done by hand, was completed. Each cave is numbered from one to thirty-four. The first 12 caves are Buddhist, the next 17 are Hindu and the last five are Jain. We rolled back towards Aurangabad and made one old local ladies day when she asked us to take her picture (through a series of gestures) and then shook hands with Noelle, she was smiling ear to ear and we weren’t far off either!
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. Pe...
After coming from the round trip, we had our dinner. We were tired and decided to go to bed as we had to wake up early in the morning on the next day to start the trek. We planned to watch the sunrise from the highest peak of Maharashtra.It was mild cold in the night. We got up early in the morning at 4, took bath and left the lodge by 6. We got a vehicle and got off from it at the village from where the trekking to Kalsubai starts. It was a small hamlet. We confirmed our way to some villagers and after a while we were on a well cut out path in the mountains. We met with many travelers in the way. There was a group of primary school kids which were also going to the peak. It was a smooth 2 hour trek. When we reached the top, we missed the sunrise but still it was a pretty good view.
This time I went with a group called 'The land of wanderlust'. We were a huge group with many known and yet to be known wanderers. We boarded the train to kasara from Dadar station at 11:30 Am. The climate was extremely hot and dry but excitement kept me going. We reached kasara at around 1:30. After freshning up we took a jeep ride which takes you to a village called Ghoti. It was a 2 hour long drive.Though it was scorching hot, the beautiful roads made the drive enjoyable. Looking at those mighty hills and ghats made us even more excited to see our camping spot. At 4 pm we reached the snack stop which was famous for something called google bhajiyas and also had the famous maharashtrian snack missal pav. There were a lot of other options as well like vada pav and onion bhajiya. From the snack stop our destination was just 5 minutes away and there we were amidst the hills, surrounded by serene nature on all the sides and a beautiful lake down the hill called Arthur Lake. It was breathtaking.The organizers started setting up the tents for us on the hill while some of us started trekking down to the lake. Initially we were hesitant about trekking down as we did not have proper shoes and it could prove to be dangerous but we got inspired by all the other campers and started trekking down to the lake.It took us almost half an hour to reach the lake. As we reached, I stood there amazed by the beauty of nature. I couldnt resist dipping my feet in those calm waters, and I felt like all my tiredness after the long journey just vanished away. The cold water on my feet, the beautiful sunset and the surrounding hills made me feel like I was in the right place after a long stressful week. After clicking pictures we started trekking back as it was impossible to trek in the dark. Another half an hour and we reached the top. The trek was an unexpected part of our trip and we were happy that apart from camping, we got some adventure too. It was now past dusk and the darkness began to crawl in but, the best was yet to come, something that we had come for. Any guesses? That's right, The starry sky!!! We rolled out our mats, arranged the bags in our tents , changed into comfortable clothes and were ready to enjoy our evening. The climate was now getting cooler, so the organisers served us some piping hot tomato soup to keep us warm. It was a relaxed night, sitting and listening to music, chatting with friends, lying on our mats and gazing at the dazzling sky clusterd with thousands of stars.An indescribable feeling. For dinner we had steaming hot maggi, and it was the perfect dinner in such chilling weather. Later we had some barbequed sausages, meat balls, aloo tikkis, mushrooms and we enjoyed cooking it on the bonfire just like campers do. The weather got extremely cold at night and sweaters and bedsheets wer'nt enough to keep us warm. Our star gazing felt complete when the moon came up and we could see its reflection in the lake.
The best views of the Bandardhara Lake and the Randha Waterfall can be enjoyed from this place. The lake was formed when the Wilson Dam was being constructed over the Pravara River. The waters when left from the dam form narrow rivulets here. Though not in a very good condition, a walking tour is worth here. The other times you can spend angling the sides of the dam. The Ratnagad fort is a nearby attraction from Bandardhara.Distance from Mumbai - 164 Kms
After a good 2-3 hour nap, some of us woke up to see the sunrise and we weren't disappointed. The sun was not out yet. We went to the lake and we found mist drifting over the entire Lake Arthur, slowly and steadily. I had never seen anything like that before, it was stunning. The lake was clean and the water was so clear that i could see my toe nails in it. It was frigid and we were extremely sleep deprived but we were so glad that we made it just in time. I cannot describe in words just how magnificent the sunrise looked and so I will let my pictures do the talking.
Bhandardara is a holiday resort village on the western ghat of India. The village is located in the; Ahmednagar district of the state of Maharashtra, about 185 kilometers from Mumbai. Best time to visit: December to February.I've always wanted to go camping here because I've heard so much about this place. This place has been recently getting a lot of attention. Many travel based companies/startups organize overnight camps at Bhandardara. However, I decided to take my group of friends along for a camping trip on my own. And it turned out to be the best decision! I knew how to get there since i have been to Kalsubai which is quite close to Bhandardara. Plus the travelling part was the easiest, there's no way you can get lost. In fact you save on a lot of money if you decide to go there on your own.We were 20 of us, all pumped and excited for this trip. The planning had began 2 weeks in advance. We had to rent tents and sleeping bags since Bhandardara gets really chilly at night. There are many places in Mumbai that let you rent tents and sleeping bags with reasonable prices. like shadytents.com & rentsetgo.co etc. If you plan on buying a tent or sleeping bag, visit Decathalon. They have all the camping and trekking equipments and it's a traveler's paradise. We also decided to do potluck for dinner and that turned out to be a huge success. The food kept coming and nobody slept hungry. So we only spent on traveling and lunch on both days.We decided to take the 11.54 train from Kurla station to Kasara. It took us about 2.5 hours to reach. Upon reaching the station, we started talking to jeep drivers who were just outside the station. Bhandardara is a very well known place, so these jeep drivers drop you right to the camping spot. Since these guys drive jeeps for their livelihood, at first they always quote high prices to the travelers. After some negotiation, we finally got a good deal of 1250 per jeep and since we were 20 we took 2 jeeps and that amounted to Rs. 125 per person which is a pretty good deal! A jeep can accomodate 10 people comfortably.So we began our journey at 3 pm. We stopped at a dhabba on the way for lunch. Most of the dhabbas serve veg food but their food is delicious and very cheap and the service is quick. 20 of us ate till we were full and we paid 150 per person. Pretty cheap huh? On our way we also made a quick stop at a wine shop and 5 of us then got off and sat on the roof top of the jeep. If you go to Bandardadra in a jeep DO NOT EVER FORGET TO SIT ON THE ROOFTOP OF THE JEEP, you will love it! It was 6 and it was already starting to get cold. We were shivering during our scenic ride on the rooftop but it was exhilarating!!
They said follow us instead of seeing Ratangad see Kokankada which was 10 Km from there. We had no options but to follow these men. On the route we saw the Bhandardara Dam and clicked few photos while it was raining. We drove passed the Pravara river, the river was flowing over the bridge.We asked the local and he said the you cannot pass the bridge after evening as the water from the Dam overflows. So we decided to come back as early as possible Then we reached Kokankada but the sight was not visible as it was covered by fog, we all started shivering as we all were riding in the rains.We were all wet. Now we decided to get back home as it was 5:30 then and we would be late to reach our home. So we asked those uncle’s the route to get back home they replied “ follow us we are also going home”. On the way we stopped again as we saw a beautiful waterfall there we couldn’t resist taking a picture, but our mobiles were dead due to know battery. Those uncles had a DSLR in their car, we clicked few pictures with them and whole heartedly thanked them for making our trip successful. We noted their whatsapp numbers to ask for the pictures later.Their names are Santosh Dehukar and Dr. Balasaheb Surude. They were like savior to us. They also showed the Sandhan Valley more precisely the Valley shown in the Airtel 4G ad and it is the same place where the waterfall flows in upwards direction. They gave us their visiting card and showed us the way back to the Highway. We realized we came from the lower which was a well maintained route.We drove back shivering without thinking for a second as the clock already hit 7. We were hungry but our bikes were hungry too. We refueled our bikes and left the place immediately. We got back to our home safely and I was the last to reach home at 12:30 am.It was an awesome unplanned and budget trip.we only spent 450 bucks each. As it is said “Unplanned trips are the best because planned trips never happen”. Those two uncles made our trip memorable.
This is a crater which is said to have been formed long ago when a large meteorite crashed on the earth forming this crater. This is now however a trekkers’ destination and one of the best places to visit near Mumbai within 400 km. Trek route is quite difficult for new trekkers. It is a slippery way with an undulating terrain. The steps you see here are artificial and tend to crumble away very easily. As you get successful to enter the crater, you can visit the temples of Renukadevi, Ganapati, Daityasudana and Gaimukh. Legends also say that Emperor Akbar used to bath with soaps made from the green waters of this crater cum lake.Distance from Mumbai - 477 Kms
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.