The city of Satara is located near the confluence of the Krishna River and its tributary Venna. The city is named after the seven forts that surround it. The city is known as the city of soldiers as well as the city of pensioners. The city was founded by Shahu I of the Maratha Empire in the 16th century. The city is surrounded by seven of the most magnificent and beautiful hills in Maharashtra. Such as Ajinkyatara, Sajjang, Yavateshwar, Jarandeshwar, Nakadichadongar, Kitlichdongor, and Pedyacha Bhairoba.All the hills here are famous for trekking. The infamous indentation of Satara known as the ‘Valley of Flowers’ in the Kaas Plateau and is just 25km from Satara.
Major attractions in Satara
The fort of Ajinkyatara is also known as the fort of Satara. Ajinkya Fort is the fourth most popular capital of Maharashtra. The fort is located in the Sahyadri mountain range. It is a 16th-century fort known as “Ajimatara” during the reign of Aurangzeb and was named after Aurangzeb’s son, Ajim. The fort is located at an altitude of 3300 feet. Tarabai was captured by Shahu at this fort.
The name Sajjangarh fort means a fort of good people. The fort was formerly known as Parli but was later renamed Sajjangad. The fort was founded by the Bahamani rulers (1347-1527). The fort was captured by Shivaji on 2 April 1663 from Adilshah. After Shivaji captured the fort, the fort was renamed Sajjangad. Sajjangad Fort is the final resting place of Samarth Ramdas, who was the spiritual guru of Chhatrapati Shivaji. The fort and Samadhi of Saint Ramdas are now maintained by Ramdas Swami Sanstha.
Kas Plateau Reserved Forest
The Kas Plate Reserve Forest falls under the Sahyadri sub-cluster of the Western Ghats. The Cas Plateau Reserved Forest is also known as the Kas Pathar. It has been included in the UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site in 2013. Kas Pathar is a plateau composed of volcanic rocks in the Satara district of Maharashtra and falls under the Western Ghats ecosystem.
Baramotichi Vihir is a step in the limb of Satara village. The Baramotichi was constructed between 1641 AD and 1646 AD by Sau Virubhai Bhosale. There are 12 trenches here, hence the name Baramotichi Vihir.The well is octagonal in shape and is 110 feet deep and 50 feet in diameter. The well is home to various ancient statues and historical constructions.
Thoseghar Falls is located on the edge of the Konkan region in western India. Thessar is a village. There is a range of waterfalls. Some of them are 15 to 20 meters high and one is about 200 meters high.