Lonar Crater Lake

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Lonar Lake was formed about 52000 years ago, by the sheer impact of a meteorite weighing 2 million tons traveling at a speed of 90,000 kilometers per hour.

Lonar Crater
View of the Lake from the rim

The crater is about 1830 meters in diameter and 150 meters deep.

Lonar Crater
View of the temple

There are many temples, built in the 12th/13th century, along the banks of the lake.

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Bhairav Temple

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Trying to locate the 7 shadows inside Lord Rama Temple

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Main Idol, Lord Rama Temple

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Sabha Mandap, Lord Rama Temple

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Hanuman Temple

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Spider – not an itsy bitsy one for sure

Lonar is the second largest impact crater in basaltic rock and is partially filled by a salt water lake.

Lonar Crater
Lonar Lake

The lake is both saline and alkaline in nature.

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Lake

Recently, Magnetotactic bacteria have been discovered in the lake. Magnetotactic bacteria orient along the magnetic field lines of Earth’s magnetic field. It aids these organisms to reach regions with optimal oxygen concentration.

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Algae

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Lord Murugan Temple

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Lord Murugan Temple

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Lord Murugan Temple

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Farms on the way to Vishnu Temple

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Banana plantations

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Go Bananas!

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Tamarind Tree

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On the way to the Lake for a swim

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Lonar Crater

Vishnu Temple

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Daityasudan Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu

The walls and pillars of the temple are full of elaborate and detailed carvings from Indian Mythology.

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Lonar Crater
Inside the temple

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Daityasudan

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6 Responses to Lonar Crater Lake

  1. Vishal May 31, 2014 at 9:24 am #

    Please advise how to travel from Mumbai to Lonar Lake?

    Thanks,

    Vishal

    • Madhu June 3, 2014 at 3:46 pm #

      Mumbai to Aurangabad and from there rent a car to get to Lonar.
      There are buses too between Aurangabad and Lonar.

  2. Nimisha Nidhi September 27, 2014 at 9:46 am #

    Is it possible to stay at Lonar or one has to come back to Aurangabad?

    • Madhu September 28, 2014 at 11:37 am #

      Yes, you can.

  3. azim November 14, 2014 at 11:57 pm #

    Can we go directly from mumbai to lonar on bike

    • Madhu December 2, 2014 at 9:45 pm #

      Yes, but it will be a long ride. Multiple days.

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