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Satara

Satara is a city located in the Satara District of Maharashtra state of India, near the confluence of the river Krishna and Venna. The city was established in the 16thcentury and was the throne of the Chhatrapati of the Maratha Empire, Shahufirst. The city gets its name from the seven forts (Sat-Tara) which are around the city. 

 

Districts/Region

Satara District, Maharashtra, India.

History

The first Muslim invasion of the Deccan took place in 1296. It is believed that muslims ruled over Satara up to 1707. In 1636 the Nizam Shahi dynasty came to an end. In 1663, Chhatrapati ShivajiMaharajtook overParali and Satara fort. Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Urged to his Guru Sant Shri Samarth Ramdas Swami on Parali fort, and due to his existence, the place was known as Sajjangad. After the death of ChhatrapatiShivajiMaharaj, ShahuShivaji, heir apparent to the Maratha Empire, was detained by Mughals when he was only seven years old and remained their prisoner till the death of his father. The Dowager Maharani Tarabai proclaimed his younger half-brother and her son, ShahuSambhaji as Chhatrapati under her rule. Mughals released Shahuon few terms in 1707,the cruel purpose behind this was that the Marathas would face internal conflicts for the throne. Shahu returned to the Maratha Empire and claimed his inheritance. In 1708 ChhatrapatiShahu, the son of ChhatrapatiSambhaji, was crowned at the Satara fort. The direct descendants of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj continue to live in Satara. ChhatrapatiUdayanrajeBhosle is the 13th descendant of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.

Geography

Satara city is surrounded by seven hills. Satara lies on the slope of Ajinkyatara fort, on the western side of the Deccan Plateau. Pune and Solapur are the main cities nearSatara. 
National Highway 48 (formerly National Highway 4) passes through Satara, which connect cities like Pune and Bengaluru.
The Satara District experiences earthquakes of minor magnitudes as it is located in the tectonically active region.

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 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

Satarais popular for its 'Satara Half Hill Marathon' which is held every year. In the year 2015, it has entered in the Guinness World Records for Most People in a single Mountain Run with approximately 2,600 runners.
One can visit famous places like Kaas Plateau, Thoseghar, and a lot of natural sites in the vicinity of the city. 
Kaas Plateau is a recognised UNESCO's World Heritage Site (WHS). The Kaas Plateau transforms into a garden of blossom during monsoons. More particularly so in September when vivid shades of Pink Balsams, Yellow Smithias, and Blue Utricularis cover the entire grasslands. 
It’s a must-visit for Botany enthusiasts, florists, photographers and nature lovers to witness the vivid colours of Western Ghats in monsoon rains and montane grasslands flora, some of which are rare and on the verge of extinction.

Nearest tourist places

One can plan to visit the following tourist places along with Satara:

  • Mahabaleshwar: Mahabaleshwar is the supreme hill station in Maharashtra. It is situated about 4500 ft. above sea level in the Sahyadri mountain range. It used to serve as the summer capital of the Old Bombay Presidency. The tourists are fascinated by its marvelous foliage, beautiful gardens & breathtaking scenery. Located 68.1 KM to the northwest of Satara.
  • Panchgani: Named after the five majestic hills enclosing it, Panchgani makes for a popular hill station in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Situated at an elevation of around 4,376 ft above sea level, this hill station is packed with towering mountains, serene valleys, cascading waterfalls, and dense forests. Captivating destinations in the surroundings such as Sydney Point, Table Land, Rajpuri Caves, and Dhom Dam are the major attractions of Panchgani and row a feather to itscharm and beauty. Located 48.9 KM away from Satara.
  • Pratapgad Fort: It is 21 KM from Mahabaleshwar on Mahad Road. It is a very important fort as the historic combat with Afzal Khan took place here on 10thNovember 1659. The altitude of this fort is 3543 ft above sea level. The temple of TuljaBhavani has been built here by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. One can witness the dense forest of Jawali from this fort.
  • Thoseghar falls: If you are looking for some water fun in Satara then Thoseghar waterfalls is the place for you. Being the most popular waterfall, it is one of the tallest falls in the region, and the most visited waterfall in Maharashtra. Located 26.8 KM to the southwest of Satara.

 

Special food speciality and hotel

Satara is well known for its sweet: KandiPedhe. KandiPedhe is a special delicacy of Milk that is prepared by pure full-fat milk available in nearby villages. It has its natural richness and sweetness. Kandipedha has its unique test and is not sugar-loaded like other pedhas available in the market.

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

VVarious hotels and resorts are available in Satara.
The district hospital is at a distance of 2.4 KM.
Satara head post office at 2.3 KM. 
Satara city police station is at a distance of 2.4 KM.

Visiting Rule and Time, Best month to visit

September to February is the best Season to Visit Satara Post rain and Winter seasons from September to February is the best time to visit Satara to explore the gushing waterfalls and beautiful surroundings. The Winter season experiences cool weather and is an ideal time for sightseeing and other outdoor activities.

Language spoken in area 

English, Hindi, Marathi