Lonar

Close to Aurangabad in the state of Maharashtra,India lies the Lonar lake; a saline lake formed by the impact of a meteor crashing in to the surface of the earth many many many years ago. A steep walk takes you down to the base of the crater lake and a 5 km walk takes you around the lake.

The Lonar Lake

The Lonar Lake

 

There is a walking path along the lake surrounded by trees and infested with monkeys. A word of caution: The monkeys are ferocious and attack even with slight provocation.

A shady walkway

 

The shady walk way

The shady walk way

 

There is abundant flora and fauna around the lake.

 

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Information: There is MTDC guest house at the top with a couple of rooms. This is the only decent accommodation and they serve a reasonable meal on request.

 

 

Snow falling on snow

The best part of my trip to Ladakh was the day we got snowed in. Although this meant that all our plans would change I did not mind it one bit.

When we retired for the day the ground was brown from the dust.  Socks hung from the line, boots were piled near the kitchen tent. It was just another day so far.

 

The brown dusty earth

The brown dusty earth

But in the morning we woke to a transformed landscape. There was a carpet of snow all around, gone was the brown of the barren earth. There was a Christmas like feeling all around.

The carpet

The carpet

 

Some one is not going to be using his socks for a while.

Snowed in socks

Snowed in socks

The best part of this was the advantage of viewing this magical transformation from within the confines of a toasty warm room. Although it was pretty outside I did not fancy a long trek in all that snow.

The perfect view

The perfect view

 

From the window I watched the rest of Fanzila go about their daily chores. Life does not stop for a little snow.  Sometimes I had some curious on lookers!

Playmates

Playmates

 

Curiosity got the better of this guy

Curiosity got the better of this guy

I sat by the window a long time and watched the snow softly  falling on snow.