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Ajinkyatara Fort (Pune)

Ajinkyatara Fort was constructed around the twelfth century CE by the Shilahara King Bhoj II. It is situated on one of the slopes encompassing Satara city and was once the capital of the Maratha domain.

 Districts/ Region

Satara District, Maharashtra, India


The fort has a motorable road till the top. Few water tanks with temples and several structural remaining parts are in frail condition on the top. The fort served the Maratha Empire as a capital for a couple of

The fort has a history of around 1000 years. It was built by Shilahara King Bhoj II in 1190 AD. Later, the Bahamani dynasty had this fort under them. The fort was used as a state prison by the Adilshah.

Chand Bibi, the widow of Ali Adilshah I was imprisoned here. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the founder of the Maratha Empire annexed the fort in 1673. Shivaji Maharaj had resided in this fort for a few months due to an illness. In 1700, the Fort was captured by Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. Aurangzeb renamed it as ‘Azamtara’ after his son. The fort was recaptured by Maharani Tarabai’s army and was renamed the fort as ‘Ajinkyatara’. But eventually, the Mughals captured the fort again. In 1708,
the fort came to Shahu Maharaj by tracheary to the Mughals. In 1719, Maharani Yesubai (Mother of Shahu Maharaj) was said to be brought here. After 1749 it was mainly used as a prison by the Rajas of Satara who were under the dominion of Peshwas. The fort was surrendered to the British in 1818 after the decline of Peshwas.


It is situated on the Yawateshwar hills and is around 3300 ft above mean sea level. It has the city of Chiplun on the West, the hill station of Khandala toward the North, Pandharpur in the East and the city of Kolhapur in the South.


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 when the temperature reaches up to 42 degrees Celsius.
Winters are extreme, 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
● Hanuman Temple
● Mahadev Temple
● Mangaladevi Temple
● Some of the ponds present on the fort

Nearest tourist place

● Sajjangad Fort - 17.4 KM 
● Nandgiri Fort - 26.6 KM
● Chandangad Fort - 28.8 KM
● Vandan Fort - 26.4 KM
● Baramotichi Vihir - 17.9 KM
● Jalmandir Palace - 4.5 KM

How to travel to tourist place by Rail, Air, Road (train ,flight,bus ) with distance and required time

● By road, it is 257 KM away from Mumbai and 113 KM from Pune. MSRTC and Luxury bus
facilities are available from adjoining cities and towns.
● The nearest Railway Station is the Satara Railway Station which is 9.2 KM away. Cabs and Private Vehicle facilities are available from the station.
● The nearest airport is the Pune International Airport at a distance of 123 KM.

Special food speciality and hotel

The speciality of the place would be the Maharashtrian Cuisine served in various local restaurants.

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

Various hotels with accommodation facilities are present near the fort.
● Satara City Police Station is the nearest police station at a distance of 3.5 KM.
● Sanchit Hospital is the nearest hospital at a distance of 2.9 KM.
● Satara Head Post Office is the nearest Post Office- 3.8 KM.

MTDC Resort nearby details

MTDC Resort, Mahabaleshwar is the nearest resort at a distance of 59.3 KM.

Visiting Rule and Time, Best month to visit

● The best time to visit would be from OctoberMarch.
● The fort opens at 5:00 A.M. and closes at 9:00 P.M.
● The fort does not have an entrance fee.

Language spoken in area

English, Hindi, Marathi.