Welcome to Lonar Meteorite Crater
If you like offbeat adventures, travel to Lonar to explore a prehistoric natural wonder. About 50,000 years ago, a meteorite slammed into the earth here, leaving behind a massive crater 2km across and 170m deep (it's said to be the world's third largest). In scientific jargon, it’s the only hypervelocity natural-impact crater in basaltic rock in the world. In lay terms, it’s as tranquil and relaxing a spot as you could hope to find, with a shallow green lake at its base and wilderness all around, including aquatic birds. The lake water is supposedly alkaline and excellent for the skin. Scientists think the meteorite is still embedded about 600m below the southeastern rim of the crater.
The crater’s edge is home to several Hindu temples as well as wildlife, including langurs, peacocks, deer and numerous birds.