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Sajjangad Fort (Mahabaleshwar)

Sajjangad Fort is a fortress and is known for its association with 17th century Saint Samarth Ramdas.

Districts/ Region

Satara District, Maharashtra, India.

History

Sajjangad is a hill fort, and today it is approachable by a motorable road. This is a well-fortified structure. It has various places associated with Samartha Ramdas Swami. Ramdas Swami founded the Samarth sect to revive spirituality in society. He established several mathas and appointed dedicated, selfless, intelligent and morally incorruptible members of the sect in charge. He stayed for several years at Sajjangad and spent his last days on this fort.

The belief is that the fort was constructed in the 13th Century by the Bahmani Kings. It later came under the rule of the Adilshahi Dynasty. It is the final resting place of Sant Ramdas Swami, who was contemporary to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and believed to be the spiritual teacher of his times. After the Adilshahi, the Mughals conquered the fort for a short period until it was captured by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in 1663. The fort was under the control of Marathas until their decline in 1818. After which till the independence of India it was under the control of the British

Geography

It is located near the Urmodi Dam area in Satara. It has Ajinkyatara Fort to its East, the city of Chiplun in the West, the city of Kolhapur in the South

Weather/Climate

The region has a hot-semi arid climate year-round with an average temperature ranging from 19-33 degrees Celsius.
April and May are the hottest months in the region when the temperature reaches up to 42 degrees Celsius.
Winters are extremes, and the temperature can go as low as 10 degrees Celsius at night, but the average daytime temperature is around 26 degrees Celsius.
The annual rainfall in the region is around 763 mm.

Things to do
One can visit the lakes present like the Godade, Sonale Lake. There are temples which are devoted to Lord Ram, Hanuman and Anglai Devi. A mosque is also said to be present on the fort. The tomb or the resting place of Sant Samarth Ramdas is also present. The fort has two entrances namely the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Mahadvaar and the Shree Samarth Mahadvaar.

Nearest tourist place
Nearby tourist attractions include the

● Kelavli Waterfall - 17.1 KM
● Thoseghar Waterfalls - 12.8 KM
● Windmills in Chalkewadi - 17.5 KM
● Ajinkyatara Fort - 17.4 KM
● Baramotichi Vihir - 29.6 KM
● Vandan Fort - 37.7 KM

How to travel to tourist place

By Rail, Air, Road (train ,flight,bus ) with distance and required time
By road from Mumbai, it is at a distance of 270 KM, from Pune it is at a distance of 127 KM. MSRTC buses and Luxury bus facilities are available from adjoining cities.

● The nearest Railway Station is the Satara Railway Station - 21.7 KM. Cabs and Private Vehicle facilities are available from the station itself.
● Pune International Airport is the nearest airport at a distance of 136 KM.
Special food speciality and hotel/p>

The food speciality

would be the Maharashtrian Cuisine which is served around the local restaurants. Local food stalls are present near the foothills of the fort.

Accommodation facilities nearby Hotel/ Hospital/Post Office/Police station

Various local hotels and resorts are available nearby for accommodation.

● The nearest Hospital is the Primary Health Centre, Parali - 6.9 KM
● Nearest Post Office Satara Head Post Office - 15.4 KM
● Nearest Police Station Satara City Police Station - 15.1 KM

MTDC Resort nearby details
Hotel Alishan Resort is the closest MTDC approved hotel at a distance of 4.9 KM.

Visiting Rule and Time, Best month to visit

● The fort opens at 5:00 A.M. and gets closed by 9:00 P.M.
● The entry fee for locals or Indians is 10 Rupees, and for foreigners, it is 80 Rupees.
● Visiting during the months of October-March would be ideal as the temperature during that period cools around to 18-22 Degree Celsius.

Language spoken in area

English, Hindi, Marathi.