Lonar Crater Trip

Sept 9 - 10 | 9PM
CST Mumbai
3950
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About

It may look like an ordinary oval-shaped lake surrounded by hills but it's a lot more than just a pretty scenery. Legend has it that this lake was a result of a meteor impact on Earth, the timing of which is estimated to be over 50,000 years ago according to geological studies. (That's way more time than what you'd have to wait for the entire Game of Thrones series to download in full HD!)

Major Attractions

Explore the lake and nearby area
Do a parikrama around the lake
Observe unique flora and fauna
Spot various species of birds like parakeet, peafowl
Visit the artistic Daityasudan Temple
Check out numerous temple ruins in the vicinity

About Lonar

The Lonar crater was formed by the impact of a mere chip of the moon that weighed more than a million ton! The water in this lake is both saline as well as alkaline in nature. This “bowl of biodiversity” attracts many ecologists, geologists, astronomers and curious laymen alike. Discovered not more than 57 years before the neighbouring world famous Ajanta caves, the Lonar also contains traces of moon minerals. It is the youngest and best preserved impact crater formed in the Deccan Plateau’s tough basalt rock, the only of its kind on earth.
A number of migratory birds can be seen around even though the lake does not support any marine life like fish etc. The winged creatures feed on a unique kind of green algae found there. Apart from that, species like parakeet and peafowl can be commonly seen.
The temples in the lake’s vicinity have their own stories to tell. The Daityasudan Temple, that was built to worship Lord Vishnu, looks like a replica of the Konark Sun Temple albeit without the chariot wheels. A Hanuman Temple near the lake has an idol apparently made out of the meteor rock having magnetic properties. With so many things to discover, this trip surely offers a 360 degree learning experience.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 0 - 8th Sep, Friday Night
09:05 pm Catch 17057 / Devgiri Express for overnight journey to Jalna

Day 1 - 9th Sep, Saturday
05:00 am Reach Jalna Station, proceed towards Buldhana
08:00 am Reach Lonar, Breakfast at hotel
10:00 am Fresh up at Hotel
11:00 am Introductory session
01:00 pm Enjoy lunch at hotel
04:00 pm Start the Lonar parikrama trek
06:00 pm Explore Daityasudan and other temples
07:00 pm Evening snacks and chai
10:00 pm Dinner time!

Day 2 - 10th Sep, Sunday
06:00 am Wake up to a gorgeous sunrise, enjoy breakfast
08:00 am Trek down the Lonar crater, explore the area
10:00 am Breakfast
11:00 am Proceed back to hotel for check-out
01:00 pm Lunch at hotel
03:00 pm Leave for Jalna & Enroute visit to the birthplace of Rajmata Jijabai if time permits
07:00 pm Reach Jalna Station
08:15 pm Catch Nandigram Express for overnight journey to Mumbai

Day 3 - 11th Sep, Monday
05:40 am Reach CST

Inclusions

Non-AC Sleeper train tickets Mumbai-Jalna-Mumbai
Private transfers Jalna-Lonar-Jalna
Food-2 breakfast, 2 lunch, 1 dinner
Non-AC Dormitory accommodation at MTDC
Travel Trikon expertise charges
Guide Charges

Exclusions

Food ordered in train journey
Any personal expenses such as soft drinks etc.
Anything other than above mentioned inclusion

Venue

CST Mumbai

CST, Fort, Mumbai

Terms & Conditions

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