Anyone with a sense of beauty will not miss Lonar Lake or Lonar Crater in Maharashtra. This offbeat destination away from the shenanigans of the bustling city was created by a meteor collision created over 50,000 years ago. The site has been identified with a geo-heritage monument with saline and alkaline water. To promote tourism in the region and enable more people to witness one of India’s major natural wonders, the government of Maharashtra has decided to invest Rs 370 crore for the development as well as the conservation project of this lake.
The money allocated will go to the maintenance of forests and wildlife to promote biodiversity. As part of the renovation plan, the government of Maharashtra plans to renovate the ancient temples located nearby. Temples like Gomukh Temple, Kamalja Devi Temple and few others are steeped in history. In Buldhana district, a centuries-old temple – Shri Gajanan Maharashtra Sansthan – is located. It is reported as one of the cleanest temples in India. Apart from the temples, there is also Fort Sindkhed Raja which was built in the 16th century and many others.
In addition to historical references and significance, the district also has Botha Forest which is rich in flora and fauna. According to media reports, Lonar Crater Lake will have a trail for tourists to see this wonder up close.
Tourists can explore the area by hiking and opting for water activities. The region is generally dry throughout the year, but in summer the temperatures are high and high. In contrast, winters are below 10 degrees Celsius.
According to media reports, in 2016 Lonar Lake was awarded the title of International Importance under the Ramsar conservation treaty. Lonar Lake is one of four known craters in basalt rock on Earth. It is an oval-shaped saline lake that has turned pink due to the presence of haloarchaea microbes.
Lonar Lake is easily accessible by train, bus or even vehicles like cars.