Lonar Sarovar – The Crater Lake of Maharashtra
Lonar is a small town and a municipal council in Buldhana district in the Vidarbha region of maharashtra. The Lonar town is famous for its crater lake called the Lonar Lake. Though it is located near many tourist destinations but the lake however is not frequented by many visitors. Lonar town is located about 140 kms southeast of the Ajanta caves and about 4 1/whours drive from Buldhana.
The Lonar crater is the world’s only salt water lake in basaltic rock, believed to have been caused by a meteorite hitting Earth around 52,000 years ago. It is surrounded by forests with a large variety of birds, particularly peacocks, owls, red-wattled lapwings and ducks. In the lonar sarovar there are number of medicinal and aromatic plants observed. Ph of water is 11. Kamalja mata mandir is situated in the sarovar which is 3 km away from the Rest house.
Lonar is an extremely beautiful place. The place also has an importance of its own as it has the only lake in India that is created out of hyper velocity meteorite impact. The crater that is formed because of the impact is the third largest crater lake in the world. Geological studies have revealed that the lake is more than 40,000 years old.
The place is important not just for its crater lake, it is important also for its wonderful temples. Today, however, nothing but the ruins of the temple remains. The village around the crater is abound with legend of Lonar. You can also see numerous peafowls that has made the crater their home. You will also find lots of migratory birds.
If you want to travel by air, the nearest airport is Aurangabad. From there you will have to travel 140 km by road. The nearest rail head is at Malkapur. From Mumbai you can also travel to Lonar by road via Aurangabad and Jalna. The total distance on road is 600 km.