Just 500 Km's From Mumbai A Mystical Meteor Lake Awaitsby The Daily Eye Team April 25 2017, 2:26 pm Estimated Reading Time: 1 min, 10 secs
Every time a long weekend rolls around, the people of Mumbai pack up and head to the same old stomping grounds in Lonavla, Panchgani or Alibaug. This year it’s time to get adventurous and start delving into the unexplored secrets Maharashtra has to offer. The first place on your list should definitely be the enchanting Lonar Lake. Located in the Buldhana district, this area is truly one of a kind as it was created by a meteor impact during the Pleistocene epoch and is the only known hyper-velocity impact crater in basaltic rock anywhere on Earth - yes, read that again if you must. The waters have the curious property of being both alkaline and saline which has drawn the attention of the international science community and even the likes of NASA. The lake is named after the demon, Lonasura and temples are scattered around its edge. Although these ruins bear some erotic sculptures and art to rival even Khajuraho, its seems hardly anyone has heard of the place apart from locals and hardcore trekkers. The easiest way to reach Lonar is by train - but if you prefer to stick to the road then from Jalna in Aurangabad it’s a peaceful four hour journey through picturesque paddy fields that will end at a government guest house which is where most people set up camp.