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Lonar Tourism

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Subhakanta  Satpathy
  • Subhakanta Satpathy
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 Review

"Exploring India on Motorcycle"

  • Posted 11 months ago
Lonar is about 500 KM from Thane where I live. The road to Lonar through Shirdi, Aurangabad and then through Jalna was not great but the Lonar has a treasure in its Crater. Food, sight-seeing and shopping: The best staying option is....... More
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Babasaheb Tarkase patil
  • Babasaheb Tarkase patil
  • Lives in Aurangabad
  • 1 Review

"Lonar - a neglected site"

  • Posted 5 years ago
Lonar is 150 Kms away from Aurangabad by road, I had travelled with my friend by car. Roads are good. The nature created spot is not at all developed by state Govt. We had gone in rainy season and we witnessed heavy soil erosion on the way to....... More
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Lonar Info

  • State: Maharashtra
  • Famous for/as: Waterfront
  • Altitude: 1847 m
The township of Lonar is one of the prominent tourist destinations in the state of Maharashtra. Lonar lies at an average elevation of 563 m. A famed destination in the Buldhana District, it is frequented by tourists and pilgrims alike, as it features several ancient shrines and tourism sites.

The region was a part of the Vidarbha Kingdom as mentioned in Mahabharata. Various dynasties ruled the region including Mauryan, Ashoka, Satavahana, Vakataka, Chalukya, Rashtrakuta and Yadava. In the 14th century, Muslim rule began when Alauddin Khilji conquered the region. The destination was under the rule of Mughals during the 16th century, and by the 19th century, it came under the administration of the British East India Company.

Lonar lies in the Vidarbha region of Maharashtra and is surrounded by green trees and plantation. Lonar crater is the chief attraction of the region. The crater was formed over 50,000 years ago, after a collision of a meteorite on the surface of the region.

According to historians, the Lonar Crater was initially discovered in 1823 by British executive, J.E. Alexander, although the site has several mentions in ancient scripts, which include the Skanda Puran, the Padma Puran and the Aaina-i-Akbari.

A salt water lake in basaltic rock, known as Lonar Crater and Lake, stands on the site of the crater. Rich in flora and fauna, the site is a habitat of several species of birds. The worship centre, Daitya Sudan Temple, which is built identical to Khajuraho temples, is a notable site of Lonar. Motha Maruti, a shrine dedicated to Lord Hanuman, is built around a magnetic rock that was formed by hypervelocity meteorite impact.

The town hosts a fair called Chaitra Masa Suklapaksha Navami at Shegaon on Rama Navami during the months of March or April every year. The culture of the destination can be seen in its folk arts including Bhajan, Kirtan and Gondhal. The main languages spoken are Korku, Hindi and Marathi.

Travellers can reach Lonar both from Mumbai and Aurangabad. The railhead of Malakpur, on the Mumbai-Bhusawal-Nagpur route of Central Railway serves as the main railway junction for the town. Aurangabad Airport is the nearest airbase that is served by domestic destinations. There are frequent bus connections of the town with Mumbai, Pune and Aurangabad.

Weather conditions remain semi arid in the destination, identical to Aurangabad. The best time to visit Lonar is during winters, as the months of November, December and January have a pleasant weather.
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