Nestled in the lap of the majestic Sahyadri ranges, Satara will amaze you with its stunning natural beauty. What makes it even more alluring is the fact that the gorgeous city is as yet untouched by commercial tourism
Blooming with rare species of fauna, that cover the landscapes with colorful floral carpets, the city has a kaleidoscopic feel to it. It has a rich historical legacy, having been ruled over by the Mauryan Empire and the Maratha warrior king Shivaji. Located in the state of Maharashtra, the secluded city of Satara derives its name from the seven mountains surrounding it, as the name means ‘Land of Seven Hills’. Beautiful, quaint and humble, Satara wins you over with its charming simplicity.Exploding in natural beauty, there are many exquisite sights in Satara. The Kas Plateau is especially delightful to nature lovers. The mountainous surroundings of Satara offer plenty of thrilling opportunities for trekkers and hikers. Formerly the seat of the powerful Maratha rulers, a number of formidable forts are scattered across Satara. The majestic Ajinkyatara fort situated on a hilltop is one of the reminders of Satara’s glorious history. The Sajjangarh Fort, housing the ‘samadhi’ of the Hindu Saint Ramdas, is a site of religious importance.The iconic 16th century Koteshwar Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is a popular shrine. Here, the festival of Maha Shivratri is celebrated with much enthusiasm, when pilgrims flock the temple for worship. The other important places of worship, worth visiting are the age-old temples of Devi Mangalai and Lord Hanuman. While in Satara, don’t forget to taste the popular sweet ‘Kandi Pedha’.When it comes to traveling within the city, there are plenty of local transport options you can choose from. Public bus services run by the government provide an inexpensive way of getting to the important destinations in the city. You can hail auto-rickshaws from the street. Taxis are also available for slightly longer routes within the city. The auto-rickshaws and taxis generally follow a metered fare system. Official rate cards are available with the drivers, as well as online. Cars and other vehicles can be rented through different portals in the city, for sightseeing tours.Temperatures can spike to as high as 40º C during summer, making it an unfavorable time for tourist activities.Most of the tourist destinations in Satara are in close proximity to nature. Use of plastic around these areas is prohibited in order to protect and conserve the natural ecosystems.
Satara is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Pune at a distance of 100kms.
Airports: Pune Airport
You can easily get regular trains to Satara from other major cities of the country..
Railway Station(s): Satara