Trip to Lonar Crater

It was 12th of August early in the morning when students Ashay Jadhav, Hrishikesh Gokhale, Malvika Behere,Yash Ghogarepatil, Yash Vyas, Ayush Bhosale, Aditya B singh. with Teacher Incharge- Ms Nidhi Jain left for Lonar. After reaching Lonar, we took rest and then left to take a first view of the crater along with the sunset from the edge of the crater. Science Journalist Mr. Mayuresh Prabhune, who was also organizer of this trip, briefed us about Lonar Crater lake.

Lonar Crater Lake is one of its kind phenomena on the planet with geological, geographical, mythical, scientific wonders – all served in one platter. The only hyper-velocity Crater in the world formed on basaltic rock created by a meteor impact some 570,000 years ago and is the third largest salt water lake in the world. The mystery behind the aftermaths of the meteor impact as to why a compass fails to work in some parts of the crater, how it is able to support some rare micro-organisms that are hardly found at any other place on the planet, why is the water alkaline and saline and what lurks at the bottom of this lake make it even more intriguing.

After enjoying the beautiful sunset from the rim of the crater, we then headed for dinner and we were told to set alarm for 2a.m. Yes, we were going to see the Perseid meteor shower. The sky was clear and full of stars. The guide has shown us different constellations and saw meteors burning in sky.

Next morning we went down for trek to see the lake. We were left awestruck when we caught the first glimpse of the green water surrounded by thick forests all around the lake and the steep slopes made us aware of the significant impact of the meteor. Once we descended, we were greeted by Ram Mandir and Shiva Mandir.

Walking around the circumference of the lake through the forest, thick shrubs, wetlands and rugged rocky terrain, we visited each of the temples. They had a magnetic charm and drew us towards them either due to their forgotten past or the architecture, both equally fascinating.

We finally reached the lake, and collected samples of the green water and checked the pH level of the water which came out to be 12.The environment of the crater was similar to that of Martian environment.

Evening we headed , a kilometer away from the crater and in the middle of the town for another stunning structure- Daitya Sudan Temple. This Hemadpanthi style of temple is dated to the Chalukya dynasty that ruled parts of India between 6th and 12 century. Inside the inner sanctum do glance at the corner of the ceiling to be blown-away. It was breathtaking to see every nook and corner of the temple being decked up with stunning art. This temple is a stunning monument and reminded us of the great vibrant past this part of the country had. We left by 9 pm and reached Pune next day at 6.30 am.

Apart from the tourists this place is also visited by researchers, geologists and scientists from all over the world. Lonar is certainly one of the must visit destinations in India. We are thankful to our Principal for giving us this opportunity.

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