Introducing Lonar Meteorite Crater
Around 50, 000 years ago a meteorite slammed into the earth leaving behind this massive crater, which measures some 2km across and 170m deep. It’s the only hypervelocity natural impact crater in basaltic rock in the world – impressive stuff, hey! Assuming this means nothing to you then take faith in the fact that, with a shallow green lake in its base, it’s as tranquil and relaxing a spot as you could hope to find. The lake itself is highly alkaline and, apparently, taking a dip in its waters is excellent for the skin. Scientists suspect that the meteorite is still embedded about 600m below the southeastern rim of the crater.
In addition to being an all-natural beauty treatment, the crater’s edge is home to several Hindu temples as well as wildlife, including langur monkeys, peacocks, gazelles and an array of birds. The Government Rest House, which is the starting point for the trail down to the bottom, is about 15 minutes’ walk from the bus stand.
MTDC Tourist Complex (07260-221602; dm/d Rs 100/450), has a prime location just across the road from the crater, but don’t expect much electricity. There’s also a basic restaurant here.
Last updated: Sep 19, 2008