The Third Largest Crater on Earth, 1.8kms in diameter and 132 meters deep, is in Vidarbha at Lonar, situated in the Buldhana district near Mehekar. This crater was noticed by the military officer C.G.E Alexander in 1923 for the first time. Later Geological Survey of India and Mr. Gilbert both deeply studied the crater and concluded that it was formed more than 50,000 years ago due to a Meteorite Strike. At the base of the Crater is a picturesque salt lake. There are some very beautiful temples on the beach around the lake. The crater, the lake and the forests within, have created a beautiful eco system, playing hosts to a wide variety of birds and plants.