Dear Friends,

We @ Shikhar Vedh have arranged a tour to Lonar Crater and Sindakhed Raja, a birth place of Rajmata Jijabai on 30 November – 1 December 2019


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.


Itinerary – 

Friday 29 November 2019

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

Day-1: Saturday 30 November 2019

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 1 December 2019

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 2 December 2019
Reach Mumbai CST by 5.40 am / 7 am


The cost for two days Lonar Crater tour would be Rs. 4950/- 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


Last date to confirm with advance payment is Tuesday 5 November 2019 OR till the train tickets are available

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

Also join us @
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Website: http://shikharvedh.org/


Dear all,

We @ Shikhar Vedh invites u all for a Heritage tour to Hampi, Pattadakal , Ainhole & Badami


Hampi is nestled within the ruins of medieval city of Vijayanagar in the state of Karnataka, on the banks of the Tungabhadra river. Set in a surreal and beautiful boulder-strewn landscape, Vijayanagara (the City of Victory) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and although the city was destroyed by marauding Moghul invaders in the 16th century, much of it remains today. Enjoy sightseeing tour of the ancient ruins that are spread over 26 sq km area, many of which lie in and around Hampi Bazaar and the nearby riverside area, which also encompasses the city’s most sacred enclave of temples and ghats. East of Hampi Bazaar is the UNESCO-listed 16th century Vittala Temple, the undisputed highlight of the ruins.

Badami Boasting about the Buddhist architecture and sculptures of Lord Vishnu, the Badami Caves are majestic and sure to mesmerize you with its massive boulders: The caves overlook Agastya Lake and many small hillocks that carry a hypnotic charm. Enroute, if you’re lucky enough you’ll spot sun-flower fields making your journey worth-while.

Pattadakal – a World Heritage Site, has 10 major temples representing early Chalukaya architecture, the biggest of which is dedicated to lord Virupakshesvara.

Aihole, which is known as the “Cradle of Indian Architecture”, has over a hundred temples scattered around the village


Itinerary of the tour ::


Day 0 – Thursday 24 October 2019

17:00 Hrs :: Depart from Mumbai by Bus

Day 1 – Friday 25 October 2019

07:30 Hrs :: @ HOSPET

Move to Hampi by local transport

Check in – get Fresh

Post Breakfast … Full day sightseeing of Hampi

Vithhal Complex, Virupaksha Temple, Hampi Bazar, Sasivekalu Ganesha, kadalekalu Ganesha,  etc.

Overnight @ Hampi

Day 2 – Saturday 26 October 2019

Early wake up 

Post Breakfast … Move to Badami

Full day Exploration to Badami , Aihole, Patadakkal, 

19:00 Hrs ::  Return to Hampi for overnight stay

Overnight @ Hampi

Day 3 – Sunday 27 October 2019


Sightseeing of Hampi


Lotus Temple, Hati Mahal, Ram – Mandir, Badavi Linga temple, krishna Temple, Lakshmi narasimha Temple Etc.

By Evening 5:30 pm Board the bus to Mumbai

Day 4 – Monday 28 October 2019


08:00 Hrs : @ Mumbai


Tour Fees would be approximately Rs. 7500/- per Head which includes


1) Local Transportation for 3 days Hospet to Hospet for Sightseeing Hampi – Badami – Pattadakal – Aihole

2) Food expenses for 3 days (day 3 dinner excluded)

3) Accommodation on tripple sharing basis

4) Entry Fees & Guide charges

5) Shikhar Vedh Administrative Charges

Deposit Rs. 4500/- per head (Non-refundable) on following A/c for Travel / Hotel booking

ICICI Bank A/c No.: – 026801521464
Vartak Nagar Branch, Thane (W)

Ifsc code: ICIC0000268
Last date for registration: – 8 days prior to departure OR Till the batch gets full

NOTE :: MUMBAI – HOSPET – MUMBAI Bus Fare ( ~ Rs 4000/- pp) to b borne by participant

Things To Carry:-
A Water Bottle (~2 Ltrs) (A must)
1 torch (a must) with spare batteries ( a must)
Rain-cheater (a must)

Camera, Cell Phone, Binoculars (Optional)
Pls avoid wearing Gold and other ornaments
Some ready to eat food. Plum cakes, biscuits etc.
Extra Pair of clothes,
Good trekking shoes preferably ACTION,
Personal basic medical kit (Containing an antiseptic, few bandages, personal medications if any, Antibiotics for stomach infection)

A haversack to put all these things
For confirmation, do call on below no or reply here

Jagdish Patil : 09702121373 / 09869369836
Also join us @
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/shikharvedh/

Website: http://shikharvedh.org/