History Buffs, Plan A Roadtrip To Lonar Lake With Your Friends This Weekend

    What Makes It Awesome

    Lonar Lake is a notified National Geo-Heritage Monument saline soda lake located at Lonar in the Buldhana district of Maharashtra, which was created by a meteor impact some 50000 or so years ago, and it is the only known hypervelocity impact crater in basaltic rock anywhere on Earth. The chemical characteristics of the lake show two distinct regions that do not mix - an outer neutral {pH 7} and an inner alkaline {pH 11} each with its own flora and fauna. The lake is a haven for a wide range of plant and animal life. Resident and migratory birds such as black-winged stilts, brahminy duck, 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.

    What Could Be Better?

    Nothing, absolutely nothing!

    What's My Pro Tip?

    The best time to visit Lonar crater lake is during winter season i.e. from the month of November to January. It is the ideal time as the climate is soothing and you can enjoy one full day at this location. March to May is the summer season which is dramatically hot and the heat is unbearable here.

    Anything Else?

    Numerous temples surround the lake, most of which stand in ruins today, except for the temple of Daitya Sudan at the centre of the Lonar town, which was built in honour of Vishnu's victory over the giant Lonasur. It is a fine example of early Hindu architecture. Vishnu Mandir, Wagh Mahadev, Mora Mahadev, Munglyacha Mandir and Goddess Kamalaja Devia are the other temples found inside the crater.