Things to See in SataraAjinkyatara Fort situated at an elevation of 3,300 feet built in 16th Century on the Sahyadri mountain range derives its name from the Marathi word inviolable star. Playing a crucial role in the Maratha freedom struggle, Ajinkyatara Fort offers a breathtaking view of Satara city. The fort is also famous for sheltering the temple of Goddess Mangalai Devi on its premises.
Sajjangarh Fort is yet another landmark fortification in Satara renowned for Maratha architecture and also for being the monastery of Sant Ramdas, a saint and mentor of Maratha warrior Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Sajjangarh roughly translates into ‘Fort of Good People’ built by the Bahamani rulers and later captured by the Mughals before it was recaptured by Shivaji Maharaj. Vasota Fort is also notable for its awe inspiring architecture.
Kaas Plateau serves as the principal attraction to visit Satara situated at a distance of 22 kilometers from Satara enriched in a variety of flowers and herbs and plants blossoming in the valley. It is a declared UNESCO World Heritage Site and also goes by the name of ‘Valley of Flowers’. The valley brightens up with wild flowers blooming in the months of August and September. Kaas Lake is situated close to the valley of flowers surrounded by dense forest cover enroute to Bamnoli and offers splendid sunrise view along with boating facilities.
Thoseghar Waterfalls located at a distance of 20 kilometers from Satara are a series of streams soaring 500 meters and comes alive during the monsoons with white cascade of water gushing down into a crevice. It is a popular tourist spot and picnic destination.
Similarly Vajrai Waterfalls situated at a distance of 27 kilometers falling from a height of 853 feet into the Urmodi River and Dam located below the waterfalls.
Pateshwar Caves situated 11.26 kilometers away from Satara are a series of 8 rock cut cave formations with deities and figurines of gods and goddesses inside the caves with a 1000 lingams or Shiva Lingams / Pinds. Amongst these Maha Shiva Lingam is considered the most sacred of all the lingams. The other lingams are Ekmukhdhari Pind, Harihar Pind, Yantra Pind and many more.
Satara is also renowned for its innumerable temples and shrines and Balaji Temple is the most scared amongst them. Yamai Devi Temple located in Aundh of Satara with the deity rising 6.5 feet high is visited by scores of pilgrims. The other religious shrines in Satara to be visited are Jarandeshwar, Abhayankar Vishnu Temple, Kurandeshwar, Yawateshwar, Koteshwar Temple, Krishneshwar Temple, Bhavani Mata Temple and many more.
Other attractions in Satara are a giant statue of Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj atop his horse in Powai Naka. Besides, Village of Warriors, Sangam Mahuli, Chattrapati Shivaji Museum, Kshetra Mahuli, Rajwada, Chalkewadi, Chaarbhinti to mention a few.
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