Lonar Tourism

Lonar Tourism

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Lonar Info

  • State: Maharashtra
  • Famous for/as: Waterfront
  • Altitude: 1847 m
  • District: Buldhana
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.

Lonar is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Parbhani and Akola.

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Lonar Traveller Reviews

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Javed Siddiq

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  • Javed Siddiq
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  3411 readers

"An amazing place"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Aug 25, 2015
The Lonar lake is amazing place created by the asteroid. It gives a different feel & the greatness of the nature. The Greenish Water color is amazing. The lake appears to be well preserved & not polluted. People are friendly & caring. The nearby small market & Temple gives the feeling of simplicity.
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Kalpana Thakur

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  • Kalpana Thakur
  • Lives in Aurangabad
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  • 5 Reviews
  •  16 helpful votes
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"A memorable experience!!"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jun 15, 2015
It was a memorable trip in my life. We went there to see lake. It is 2nd big natural lake in Asia. Gomukh Dhara is also a magic place. 12 month water fall from it. & people use it for drinking, washing & bathing also. It is known as pavitra jaldhara.

I hypnotized by wondering there around the lake LONAR!!

Many stories behind this lake formation. Salt was taken from it in Mughal time.

Good time to visit is from OCTOBER TO JAN. i.e Winter season!

In rainy season many creatures, reptiles are there. Some jungle animals like tiger, folks, dogs are wandering in the jungle, Monkeys etc were very common.

So enjoy with care.

Don't disturb Jungle peace & keep clean nature.

Salute God's Amazing Gift & return with peace in you!!
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Subhakanta  Satpathy

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  • Subhakanta Satpathy
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 Review
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"Exploring India on Motorcycle"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted May 28, 2013
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 MTDC resort which is on the top of the Crater! No options but what MTDC has to offer. Its hygienic, palatable and no complain.

Activities & things to do: Any one having keen interest in geographical wonders would be impressed with the seer size of this. Going down into the Crater with a guide and then exploring the inner circle of the crater for about half a day is the best of experiences.

I love exploring on motorcycle and was impressed with this Crater. Unfortunately there is nothing else you can do at Lonar and going such a long distance for a single objective may not appeal to many but to those few who love to explore and are willing to take a pain for this will not be disappointed.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: By car (From Mumbai) its going to take minimum 8 hours. Best by motorcycle or by train to Jalna then by taxi.
Best during November - February. Avoid summer. No idea about rainy season.
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Babasaheb Tarkase patil

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  • Babasaheb Tarkase patil
  • Lives in Aurangabad
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"Lonar - a neglected site"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Sep 3, 2009
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 crater.The temples on the periphery are breathing their end only. Kamalja mata is a little bit maintained by pujari while all other temples are in state of dismay. Can the tourism dept of state alongwith ASI maintain them?

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: There is nothing to shop.

Activities & things to do: A visit to crater, then temple on the way which has water flowing to crater round the year. It is 1.5 km away from MTDC resort.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Carry water with you wlile visiting craters as you might feel thirsty while ascending. Preferably go before 9.00AM so that you can come back in the afternoon to have good food at MTDC resort.
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