India’s third crater in Ramgarh to be converted into geo-tourism destination

Ramgarh crater in Rajasthan’s Baran district, which is believed to have been formed around 600 million years ago, is set to undergo a remarkable transformation. The site will soon be converted into a captivating geo-tourist attraction. According to reports, the crater, which is the third of its kind in India and the first in the state of Rajasthan, will soon be open to visitors. The other two craters are the Lunar crater in Maharashtra and the Dhala crater in the state of Madhya Pradesh. It is expected that the Ramgarh crater will attract a large number of tourists. The Rajasthan Tourism Department expects that the crater might attract 30,000 to 40,000 visitors per year.

Work for making this plan a reality has already begun. The site will be developed at an estimated cost of Rs 57.22 crore. The development project will cover various aspects including crater lake’s aesthetics, infrastructure improvements, and ornamental additions throughout the vicinity.

In line with their vision, the Tourism Department of the state is diligently constructing a top-notch road, setting up an information center, a knowledge center, and a cafe. Plans have also been proposed to develop gardens and green spaces, constructing a ghat (steps leading to a water body), install an impressive entrance gate with signage, along with establishing efficient drip irrigation systems. Tourism Department, Forest Department, and Public Works departments are working laboriously to develop the area to the best of their capability.

Amazing facts about Ramgarh crater

The site of Ramgarh Crater encapsulates the harmonious blend of geology, archaeology, and history. It has also been designated as a reserve conservation area by the Forest Department.

The discovery of the crater dates back to 1869 when it was located approximately 12 km from Mangrol tehsil in Baran district, according to Satish Tripathi, general secretary of ‘The Society of Earth Scientists’. Scientifically estimated to have formed 600 million years ago following the impact of a meteorite from space, the Ramgarh crater has an impressive diameter of 3.5 km. The crater is also recognised as the 200th crater in the World Geo-Heritage register.

The fact that a meteorite had fallen here has been scientifically established because the energy produced by the impact of the meteorite melts the sand and becomes glass, informs Satish Tripathi. Notably, the crater also contains higher-than-normal concentrations of iron, nickel, and cobalt, elements commonly found in asteroids.

Situated on the crater’s periphery is a Khajuraho-style Shiva temple dating back to the 10th century, known as ‘Mini Khajuraho’. This architectural marvel encompasses two lakes, which serve as natural habitats for a diverse array of migratory birds. A 950-year-old Devi temple, a cluster of ancient temples, and the revered Kelpuri Samadhi Sthal are also located here. The area also has a good wildlife presence, including Chital deer and wild boars. The region has immense potential to become a captivating tourist destination.

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