World’s Third Largest Crater – Lonar Crater Lake

Lonar Crater Lake is an oval shape Saline Soda Lake in the Buldana District of Maharastra, India, created due to a meteor or comet impact called Pleistocene epoch, which lasted from about 2,588,000 to 11,700 years ago.

View of the meteorite crater at Lonar Crater.

Lonar Crater Lake is world’s third-largest crater, which is a  vast expanse of sky blue water-filled lake, set within a magnificent forest.

The lake is a combination of alkaline and saline in nature. Biological Nitrogen fixation, a process by which nitrogen in the atmosphere is converted into ammonia, takes place in this crater. The ph of Lonar Crater water is 11 (ph value of pure water is 7), which means that the water in Lonar creator lake is highly alkaline, unlike other lakes in India.

Lonar Crater Lake has a mean diameter of 3900 feet and is 449 feet below the crater rim. The meteor crater rim is about 5,900 feet in diameter.

Lonar Crater and surrounding forests are home to many flora and fauna.

There are many ruins of ancient temples in and around Lonar. There are a few ancient temples in and around Lonar. The most famous temple at Lonar is the Daitya Sudan Temple, a Vishnu temple built during the Chalukya Dynasty period between the 6th and 12th centuries in Hemadpanthi style. Kamalja Devi Temple located very close to the lake has many carvings. Gomukh Temple is located along the rim of the crater with a perennial stream where pilgrims can bath.

How Do I Go to  Lonar Crater Lake?

Jalna railway station, with Station code ‘J’,(yes. it a Single Alphabet Railway station code), is around 80 kilometers away from Lonar. There are many interesting facts about Indian railways like two sides of a track having two station names, stations which are spread across two different states, station inside a station, two coach passenger trains, etc. If you are interested in knowing more such interesting facts about Indian Railways, please check The Indian Railways Fan Club.

Shegaon with station code SEG in Bulanda District is at 120 kilometers away. Malkapur with station code MKU near Bhusawal Junction station is at a distance of approximately 100 kilometers from Lonar.

The Nearest airport to Lonar is Aurangabad, which is at a distance of 122 kilometers.

Regular bus services are available from the Shivajinagar bus station at Pune. An online booking system for outstation tourists to Pune is available for private buses at Redbus site, India’s leading online bus ticket booking site.