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The easiest way to get to Lonar is by taxi from Aurangabad, which costs Rs1800–2500 for a day-trip, depending on the car and your negotiating skills. There are two morning buses direct from Aurangabad (4hr), with the last bus back around 4pm; services stop in the centre of Lonar village, around 2km from the lake. For more on the crater, it’s worth hiring a local guide; Gajanan Kharat (t 07260/221428) is recommended. The only accommodation, right opposite the crater, is at the comfortable if rather ghostly MTDC Holiday Resort (t 07260/221602; Rs701–1200), built for a tourist rush that never came. Its restaurant has a superbly sited terrace from which to survey the lake.

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