How many of you know that there is a tiny unknown village in Maharashtra which houses a huge crater, .8 kilometers long and 150 meters deep formed 60,000 years ago due to a meteorite!
For all of us that are unaware of the intensity and size of a meteorite,let me explain you — Meteorite is a massive object or comet, 60 meters long and weighing 2 million ton, which could be racing at a speed of 90,00 km per hour and when it unfortunately comes in the direction of Earth it creates an energy released by the hyper velocity impact was equivalent to that of six-megaton atom bombs!
The interesting part is it is the only hypervelocity natural impact crater in basaltic rock in the world. And at the bottom of it is a highly alkaline and saline lake — said to be the third largest natural salt-water lake in the world!This lake is often called “soda lake” because it has PH value above 7(10 to be precise).
No fishes can live in it because of its saline nature but the area around it has a variety of flora and fauna. The lake is a haven for a wide range of plant and animal life around it. Resident and migratory birds such as black-winged stilts, brahminy ducks, grebes, shelducks (European migrants), shovellers, teals, herons, red-wattled lapwings, rollers or blue jays, baya weavers, parakeet hoopoes, larks, tailorbirds, magpies, robins and swallows are found on the lake. Among reptiles, the monitor lizard is reported to be prominent. The lake is also home to thousands of peafowls, chinkara and gazelles.
It is pretty tough to reach Lonar Crater in the first place.So you have got to be quite a travel freak to actually visit and explore Lonar and surrounding areas.The closest village to Lonar where you can reach via public transportation(from Pune) is Mehkar.From Mehkar you can hire an Auto to reach Lonar.
There are MTDC Rooms available for Rs 700-900 nearby to the crater in case your wondering where to stay overnight.
Interesting Video taken by a tourist:
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