Maharashtra's Mystery Lake
Lonar is one of the most unique places in India, owing to its very peculiar reason of formation in the first place. It was when a meteorite had hit the earth around 52,000 years ago, that a crater was formed. Later on with the gradual passage of time, over many decades the crater started to fill up with water and turned into a beautiful blue-green coloured lake that we get to see today. Around the lake, it has quite a vegetative layer, full of forests and a set of three temples which are worshipped beautifully, not just by humans, but the small population of animals which exists here. They also seem to drop by occasionally and offer their prayers!
But what makes the lake special is not just these factors, but also the nature of its water and the kind of surface it is on. The meteorite hit managed to create the Earth’s largest and only hyper-velocity impact crater in basaltic rock. Not just this, it has given birth to many questions. The water here is both alkaline and saline which has many scientists puzzled, including the mighty NASA! People do not really know what is at the bottom of the lake, and also it supports the lives of some micro-organisms which are found almost nowhere except this mysterious water body. These questions remain unanswered still today. And probably this is why people who are getting to know about it slowly are quite intrigued and choose to visit this lovely place.
A Place as old as History itself!
Even though the place was discovered not very long ago, it finds itself being mentioned in some ancient holy scripts of India, including the likes of Skanda Purana. The Skanda Purana is the longest of the 18 Mahapuranas that gives insights on the various pilgrim centres in the country. Which clearly indicates that it was considered to be sacred back then as well. What remains unanswered is the question that if it was of so much importance from the ancient Indian times, how did it lose its prominence in the middle ages and went completely unnoticed!
Even the temples here are proof that they are very old, from around 6 -12 AD. Well, the questions remain true to their nature, but the enigma that this place is can be felt truly only when paid a visit.
How to reach
Lonar is not a very accessible place, with no direct rail and air connectivity. The nearest accessible place is Aurangabad, 139 kms away.
How to Reach by Flight
The nearest airport is in Aurangabad, 139 kms away. From here a bus or a cab can be taken to reach Lonar.
How to Reach by Train
The nearest railway station is in Aurangabad too. From there many buses are available. Taxis or cabs can be taken as well.
How to Reach by Bus
Lonar is connected to many cities of Maharashtra through bus service. There is a good network of roads around Lonar and a lot of buses are available, especially from Aurangabad being the nearest.
How to Reach by Road
Having a good connectivity of roads, it is easy to reach Lonar from any city or town in Maharashtra. You can drive up to Lonar or hire a taxi or cab.
How to travel within
All the 3 places are just around the lake and require no transportation. They can be seen by just walking around. Additionally, to see the town, if you came by a vehicle of your own, it can be used to look around.
Food and Culture in Lonar
The place is not very developed, neither does it have a strong cultural background which still continues, so there is no such specific authentic cuisine of the place. But there are several eateries, ranging from restaurants to small stalls. The place is more like a village with just some basic facilities available. So it would be better to get prepared before reaching the place with all the things which you might think are necessary.
There aren't many options for staying either, so if you are looking for a place to spend the night at, you must have to head to Aurangabad before it gets really dark.
- Start your day by visiting the enigma of a lake which the Lonar Lake is.
- After spending some quality time around the lake, visit the Gomukh Temple.
- Head on to the Daitya Sudhan temple and worship Lord Vishnu.
- Take a look around the town and its local market.