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"Land of the Crater"

Lonar Tourism

Along with being famous for a crater that was formed over 50,000 years ago due to the collision of a meteorite on the surface of the region, Lonar is also famous for its rich natural heritage.

Lonar is a mesmerizingly beautiful place famous for the Lonar crater and the lake formed due to a meteorite hitting the earth around 52, 000 years ago. This 6,000 feet wide and 500 feet deep lake is, therefore, an important source of scientific research and educational importance. It is the only salt water lake in the basaltic rock in the world. The area is also surrounded by a lot of flora and fauna which makes the place even more beautiful. There is also a famous Gomukh temple located at the boundary of the lake where snakes and other animals like fox, mongoose, deers can be spotted. Daitya Sudan temple, another temple located in Lonar is very famous for its architectural style as it reminds of the world famous Khajuraho temples.

Things to do in Lonar

1. Lonar crater lake

Lonar crater lake
Lonar lake is an extremely beautiful place while 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.

2. Gomukh Temple

Gomukh Temple
The temple lies near the boundary of the water stream and is believed holy, by the devotees. Animals such as snakes, langurs, deer, foxes and mongoose can be spotted in the vicinity. A sight worth an (Read More)alluring visit.

3. Daitya Sudhan Temple

Daitya Sudhan Temple
This ancient temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and belongs to the Chaitya Dynasty that ruled the region between the 6th and 12th centuries AD. The shape of the temple symbolizes an irregular star.

4. Shopping in Lonar

Shopping in Lonar
There aren't any options for shopping here except the handful of local markets carrying the everyday items.

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Unexplored Lonar

Lonar, a town, is located in the district of Buldhana, falling under the region of Vidarbha located in the state of Maharashtra. It is most notable for its mysterious Lonar Crater. Lonar Crater, also known as Lonar Lake, was formed due to a meteorite crater that crashed on Earth during the Pleistocene Epoch. The district of Buldhana, which is the location of the Lonar Lake, used to be a part of the Empire of king Ashoka. The several renowned temples found around this region are witness to the transformations that have taken over through the ages.

Suggested Itinerary for Lonar

Day 1 - Reach Lonar by morning. Spend the first day hiking and trekking to and around the Lonar Crater.
Day 2 - Visit the Daityasudan Temple and other renowned temples. Post lunch, if you wish, you can also visit the world heritage site of Ajanta Caves.

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How to Reach Lonar

How to Reach Overview

Lonar is not very well connected to other towns and cities by any means of transport. The best way to reach the place is to reach Aurangabad first and then take a cab or a bus to Lonar. Aurangabad is well-connected by rail, air and roads and it will take around 3 hours (150 km) from Aurangabad to reach Lonar.

How to reach Lonar by flight

Lonar does not have its own airport. The nearest airport is located at Aurangabad around 150 km away. You can hire a taxi from the airport to reach Lonar. 

How to reach Lonar by road

Lonar is connected to all the nearby cities in Maharashtra through a good network of roads. You can drive down to Lonar by your own private vehicle or book a taxi from any of the nearby towns. Alternatively, you can also travel by buses that run regularly to Lonar from the major towns of Maharashtra.

How to reach Lonar by train

Lonar does not have its own railway station. The nearest railway station is situated in Aurangabad. You can either hire a taxi from Aurangabad or book a seat on the buses that run regularly between Aurangabad and Lonar. 

Local transport in Lonar

Lonar is a small town and therefore every place is walkable in distance. Other option to have a rented car to move around the region.

Lonar Photos

Lonar, Maharashtra
Lonar crate & lake
Daityasudan temple : Destruction by Muslim invaders
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FAQs on Lonar

What is famous about Lonar?

A very interesting place to visit. Has the only salt water lake in the basaltic rock in the world.

What is not so good about Lonar?

Not well maintained. Guides lack the required knowledge about the place and its history. Not properly connected.

Who should visit Lonar?

Lonar is ideal for those who love exploring places of unexplained natural mysteries. Can be visited as a weekend getaway by people living in Maharashtra.

What is the best time to visit Lonar?

The best time to visit the place is between October-March, avoiding strong heat and rainy weathers to get a clear view of the surroundings.
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What is the local food in Lonar?

The food options here tend to be limited other than few restaurants and some local food stalls. Hence the region isn't exactly home to any significant food culture or specialties and choices for cuisine are scarce.
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What is the best way to reach Lonar?

Lonar is not very well connected to other towns and cities by any means of transport. The best way to reach the place is to reach Aurangabad first and then take a cab or a bus to Lonar. Aurangabad is well-connected by rail, air and roads and it will take around 3 hours (150 km) from Aurangabad to reach Lonar.
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What are the places near Lonar?

The top places near to Lonar are Ajanta and ellora caves which is 140 km from Lonar, Aurangabad which is located 123 km from Lonar, Burhanpur which is located 152 km from Lonar, Goa which is located 574 km from Lonar, Udaipur which is located 588 km from Lonar

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