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Earth is in the middle of a meteor shooting gallery. Every year nearly 500 meteoroids enter the atmosphere of earth and land violently. However, most of these are as large as golf balls and some as large as footballs. All they do is damage a property or create a small pit in ground which is almost never discovered. However, the span of a year is a minuscule little moment in relevance to the age of the universe. And speaking in these magnitude of time, Earth is frequently hit by meteors with a potential to eliminate the life as we know. What happens when one of these meteors hits Earth? To see it for yourself, travel to the famous Lonar Crater, the only hypervelocity meteoritic impact crater in basaltic rock and the world’s third largest meteoritic impact crater, an overwhelming site.

Lonar Crater is the outcome of a violent impact that took place nearly 50,000 years ago when a 60 meters wide space rock traveling at the speed of 90,000 kilometers per hour struck the face of Earth. The impact released a massive energy of multiple mega nuclear bombs, rendering a 1.83 kilometers wide and 150 meters deep dent and forming a mysterious lake inside it with the diameter of 1.2 kilometers. Several decades later when lethal atmospheric effect of the impact finally waned, an intriguing ecosystem started developing inside the crater. Today, a forest, nearly 137 meters deep inside the rim of the crater, surrounds the lake.

Lonar, today, is one of the remarkable sites for travelers as well as astronomers. The salt water inside the lake has a high rate of alkali, that of 11 pH. Due to this hostility of the water, it has no aquatic life, nor is it supportive of flora. One can see various dead trees inside the lake which give it a grave, scenic look. However, the soil just a few feet outside the lake is highly fertile and full of sweet water. Resultantly there are patches of lush green farms in the forest. This extra-ordinary condition is caused due to zero seepage of water in and out of the lake through its walls. The only way in for the water is by rain and by the rain water flowed in, which also brings in salts. And the way out is by evaporation, due to which the salt level in the water gradually increases.

The forest around the lake is known for rare herbs, including Sanjivani, which has great medical values as well as mythological importance. It is also a home to hundreds of monkeys, monitor lizards, peacocks, chinkaras and gazelles. The lake attracts several aquatic birds such as brahminy ducks, black-winged stilts, shell-ducks, grebes, shovellers, herons, teals, blue jays, red-wattled lapwings, baya weavers, larks and robins.

There are several historical temples around the lake, all belonging to the Hemadpanthi style of architecture, in which the building is constructed by placing rocks upon rocks. Though most of these temples are now in ruins, the beautiful Daityasudan temple in Lonar town is in good health and worth a visit. The famous Dhara Mandir situated on the rim of the crater is also a historical monument and visited by several devotees every year.

Lonar is 145 kilometers from Aurangabad, a 3 hour drive. It is suggested that you leave early and reach the crater by 9.0 a.m. The climb down the crater requires minimal trekking skills and appropriate footwear. It is recommended that you carry water and eatables with you and take a peaceful walk around the full perimeter of the lake, which should take up to three hours. It is suggested that you carry a good camera. During Monsoon, the water level of the lake will be up and the forest will be very much alive and enjoyable.

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My getaway trip to Lonar - by Hemant Borulkar  Dated : 2011-12-15
Three hours from Aurangabad is this amazing place Lonar. I had gone to Lonar for spending a day off from my hectic office life and it was a pleasure to see the crater. Though it is very hot during the noon, I was happy to be there. My friend had accompanied me to this short trip because he had never seen Lonar crater before. We also went to the temple that lies near the crater. Though most of the temples are in ruins, we took blessings in the Daityasudan temple. It is quite intact even today. We climbed down to the crater and as we climbed back up to leave, the sun was shining too brightly and we were quite exhausted. However, the main purpose of the trip was fulfilled. I felt good to spend time at a quite place with a close friend. All thanks to Lonar! We headed back to Aurangabad and reached home late in the evening. Anyone visiting Aurangabad should visit Lonar if there is a day to spare.
My Visit to Lonar - by Tanmay Gupta  Dated : 2011-03-15
My little brother was really upset because I could not come home on his birthday as I had my exams. So when I got home he did not talk to me. I did not understand what to do. Little children get nasty when things don’t happen their way. My mom suggested me to take his around somewhere where he could have fun. I was in immediately. I asked his friends to cheer him up and told them that we were to go to Lonar. They were all excited. They somehow got my brother convinced and he and two of his friends were ready to go.

Lonar is hardly 3 hours away from Aurangabad, so it would not have been hectic. We started at 8 in the morning in our own car, I was happy to escort the kids. Just in the outskirts of Aurangabad we stopped at a roadside dhaba to have our breakfast. My brother was really happy. We had breakfast and took some snacks along with us. At around 12 noon we reached Lonar.

The Lonar lake is a salt water lake. The water of the lake is extremely alkaline. It was formed when a meteor hit the earth some 80,000 years ago. We went to the temple called the Daityasudan temple first, took blessings and moved towards the lake. Near to the lake is another temple, the Dhara Mandir, it is flanked by many devotees. We also saw many monkeys around the lake. The lake had a very marshy border and we preferred being away from it.

We then went to the place where the water continuously falls and nobody knows where it goes. We played in the water and had lots of fun. We freshened up after that and had some snacks. The kids were tired and we decided to go back home. It was almost afternoon then. By evening we were back home and my brother was no more upset, thanks to mom.
Lonar Crater Lake- An Interesting Place to Visit - by Pratibha Shinde  Dated : 2011-03-08
I am a resident of Aurangabad but I had never got a chance to visit Lonar lake. but when my aunt told me stories about the famous and intact Daityadan temple I was very tempted to go and visit the temple. She told me that there was a very evil monster inside the lake and that is why the water of the lake was very salty, also that if the water of the lake decreases he would come out and create ruckus.

The story is funny and I had other reasons to visit the lake as well. It is a salt water lake that has got created due to a meteor that hit the earth around 50,000 years ago. It is a very deep crater lake. I went to see the lake with my family. Lonar is a three hours away from Aurangabad. We reached there by 10 and roamed around the lake.

We saw the Daityadan temple and the Dhara temple also. They both gave me an odd feeling. I looked at the centre of the lake and imagined about how the monster might look. I smiled to myself, thought the story was interesting I was a science student; I could not believe the story at all. There was kind of a very marshy border to the lake and some green vegetation also. I wonder how such vegetation grows around this alkaline salt water lake! I had a great time visiting Lonar with my family. It was fun, thanks to aunt’s story.
School Trip to Lonar - by Seema Solanki  Dated : 2011-03-08
I got to see the Lonar Lake when our school took us to Lonar on an excursion. We had a school excursion every year and this year we went to see the Lonar Lake. We were to go in 3 huge buses, and had to leave early in the morning by 7 am. I reached the school good fifteen minutes before seven, I and my friends planned our sitting arrangement.

We were asked to board the bus in a line and had made a line such that all us friends would be able to sit near to each other. By 7.30 our bus left Aurangabad. Lonar is around 150 kilometers from Aurangabad. So we were to reach Lonar by 1.30 or 11 am. While in the bus we had lots of fun, we played Antakshari, danced on some songs and enjoyed a lot.

Our teachers did not mind us talking at all and we were so happy. We were carrying lots of eatables and chocolates; I was putting my poppins in my mouth now and then. I had also brought my camera to take photos.

We reached Lonar by 11 and we were first taken to a small hotel to take some snacks. We bought some snacks there and left to see the lake. we were already told a lot about the lake. Lonar was a meteor lake, meaning it was created due to a meteor that fell on the earth some 50,000 years ago. It is a salt water lake.

We visited the Daityasudan temple and I took pictures there along with my friends. We saw different birds around the lake also. There is also a kind of great bath near the lake where water falls continuously and no one knows from where it comes and where it goes. Interestingly this water is sweet and known to cure many diseases. We filled our water bottles with this water. I enjoyed the trip very much. By late evening we returned home.
Lonar Crater - an Amazing Lake - by Pravin Shere Dated : 2011-03-08
Universe is made up of many amazing things. Some amazing places formed by nature are really out of imagination for human beings. In India, Lonar Crater is one of the examples of the magic of nature.

At Lonar in Buldana district, Maharashtra there is a huge nature-made lake - Lonar Lake.

Lonar Lake is nothing but a miracle by nature. This is one of the most amazing craters formed by meteor. This is one of the five largest craters in the world.

Thousands of years ago a meteor fell down from sky and this 1800 meters wide and 170 meters deep, round lake was formed. This lake is a saltwater lake. But interesting thing is that beside this lake and in nearby villages there is only fresh, sweet water.

Many scientists have studied this crater. And they found many unidentified species of plants, herbs, insects and other things. This place is considered to be very important for biologists, geologists and nature lovers for study.

The second amazing thing here is Gomukh Temple. Here we see continuously falling water from the mouth of a rock forming a cow-head, which is called as Gomukh. In India it is considered that there are 35 billion gods living in a cow. Cow is considered as a holy animal in India. It is considered that this water originates from the holy river, Ganga.

For reaching Lonar many options are available for you. You can take a private taxi or a government transportation bus service is also available from Aurangabad. Nearest airport is at Aurangabad at 122 km.

If you have an interest in traveling to an extraordinary destination, then Lonar crater should certainly catch your glance.