Dear Friends,

We @ Shikhar Vedh have arranged a tour to Lonar Crater and Sindakhed Raja, a birth place of Rajmata Jijabai on 8-9 December 2018

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Next Batch Date : 15-16 Dec 2018
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About place – 
Lonar Crater is the outcome of a violent impact that took place nearly 50,000 years ago when a 60 meters wide space rock traveling at the speed of 90,000 kilometers per hour struck the face of Earth. The impact released a massive energy of multiple mega nuclear bombs, rendering a 1.83 kilometers wide and 150 meters deep dent and forming a mysterious lake inside it with the diameter of 1.2 kilometers. Several decades later when lethal atmospheric effect of the impact finally waned, an intriguing ecosystem started developing inside the crater. Today, a forest, nearly 137 meters deep inside the rim of the crater, surrounds the lake.

Lonar, today, is one of the remarkable sites for travelers as well as astronomers. The salt water inside the lake has a high rate of alkali, that of 11 pH. Due to this hostility of the water, it has no aquatic life, nor is it supportive of flora. One can see various dead trees inside the lake which give it a grave, scenic look. However, the soil just a few feet outside the lake is highly fertile and full of sweet water. Resultantly there are patches of lush green farms in the forest. This extra-ordinary condition is caused due to zero seepage of water in and out of the lake through its walls. The only way in for the water is by rain and by the rain water flowed in, which also brings in salts. And the way out is by evaporation, due to which the salt level in the water gradually increases.

The forest around the lake is known for rare herbs, including Sanjivani, which has great medical values as well as mythological importance. It is also a home to hundreds of monkeys, monitor lizards, peacocks, chinkaras and gazelles. The lake attracts several aquatic birds such as brahminy ducks, black-winged stilts, shell-ducks, grebes, shovellers, herons, teals, blue jays, red-wattled lapwings, baya weavers, larks and robins.

There are several historical temples around the lake, all belonging to the Hemadpanthi style of architecture, in which the building is constructed by placing rocks upon rocks. Though most of these temples are now in ruins, the beautiful Daityasudan temple in Lonar town is in good health and worth a visit. The famous Dhara Mandir situated on the rim of the crater is also a historical monument and visited by several devotees every year.

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Itinerary – 

Friday 7 December 2018

Departure to Jalna by 17057 : Devgiri express at 9.10 pm from CST Mumbai

Day-1: Saturday 8 December 2018

Reach Jalna railway station by 5 am
Start towards Lonar by Private transport and reach after two hours road journey
Check in hotel / MTDC Resort, Freshen up and Breakfast
Briefing about the Lonar crater by Prof. Bugdane, a well known personality
Post Lunch explore nearby temples and cultural heritage of Lonar
Dinner and retire for the day

Day-2: Sunday 9 December 2018

Wake up call at 05:30 am sharp
Freshen up and Breakfast at 06:30 am
Start with the Lonar Crater Parikrama and visit various temples around lake
Back to the hotel for Lunch and check out by 1:00 pm
Visit Mehekar and Sindkhed Raja, a birth place of Rajmata Jijabai
Reach Jalna Railway Station by 7:00 pm
Board Nandigram Express at 8.15 pm / Devgiri Express at 10 pm from Jalna

Day 3: Monday 10 December 2018
Reach Mumbai CST by 5.40 am / 7 am

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The cost for two days Lonar Crater tour would be Rs. 4500/- per person 

& would include:

  1. Travel from Mumbai – Mumbai by Train (SL-Class)
  2. Accommodation in tripple sharing / dormitory basis
  3. Sightseeing around by Non-AC local transport
  4. Food for 2 days ( Train Journey Dinner excluded)
  5. All Entry Fees and Guide Charges (Except camera fee if any)
  6. Shikhar Vedh Administrative charges

Note: One has to pay Rs 2500/- pp (non-refundable) in advance to register for this event.

Name: Jagadish Govind Patil

A/C No: 026801521464

A/C Type: Savings

Bank & Branch: ICICI BANK, Vartaknagar – Thane Branch

RTGS / IFSC Code: ICIC0000268

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Last date to confirm with advance payment is Thursday 15 November 2018 OR till the train tickets are available

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Here is a list of the things to be carried by every individual -

> A haversack to put in all the stuffs

> At least 2 Liters of water
> Two-three set of clothes, Towel / Napkin
> Binoculars, Camera, Something to munch on (Optional)
> Torch with extra set of batterries
> Personal medicines required if any
> Identity Proof

To register for this event, contact us – 

Jagdish Patil: 9702121373 / 9869369836
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