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LONAR SIGHTSEEING

 

LONAR METEORITE CRATER ---------------------- AT THE SMALL VILLAGE OF LONAR,THREE HOURS BY BUS NORTH-EAST OF JALNA OR 4 1/2 HOURS SOUTH-EAST OF AJANTA,IS THIS HUGE AND IMPRESSIVE METEORITE CRATER.IT'S ABOUT TWO KM IN DIAMETER AND SEVERAL HUNDRED METERS DEEP,WITH A SHALLOW LAKE AT THE BOTTOM.A PLAQUE ON THE RIM NEAR THE TOWN STATES THAT THIS IS 'THE ONLY NATURAL HYPERVELOCITY IMPACT CRATER IN BASALTIC ROCK IN THE WORLD'. THERE ARE SEVERAL HINDU TEMPLES ON THE CRATER FLOOR,AND LANGUR MONKEYS INHABIT THE BUSHES BY THE LAKE.THE CRATER IS ONLY ABOUT FIVE MINUTES WALK FROM THE BUS STATION - ASK FOR LONAR TANK. IT'S POSSIBLE TO VISIT LONAR IN A DAY EN ROUTE BETWEEN FARDAPUR AND AURANGABAD,BUT THIS WOULD BE RUSHING THINGHS.


LONAR PLACES TO STAY

 

THER IS A BASIC HOTEL BY THE BUS STATION IN LONAR,AND OTHER IN BULDHANA, THREE HOURS TO THE NORTH.


LONAR GETTING THERE AND AWAY

 

FROM LONAR THERE ARE BUSES TO BULDHANA FROM WHERE IT'S EASY TO CATCH A BUS FOR THE BUMPY 1 1/2 HOUR JOURNEY TO FARDAPUR.HEADING SOUTH FROM THE LONAR THERE ARE DIRECT BUSES TO JALNA,FROM WHERE THERE ARE TRAINS AND BUSES TO AURANGABAD,A TOTAL OF ABOUT FIVE HOURS.


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