Photo Essay: My trip to Satara

7 Oct

For my recent visit to Kaas, our base was the city of Satara. Though I have lived in Maharashtra nearly all my life, this was my first visit here. Satara is a city located in Southern Maharashtra and is part of the Maratha heartland. There are seven hills surrounding this city and hence the name – Satara (Saat meaning seven and Tara meaning hills). This is a historic city as it was the capital of Maratha Empire in 17th century and still has a lot of remnants of the erstwhile era. Though today is it majorly a pensioners city it’s quite scenic too.

City of Satara

City of Satara

In Satara, we had stayed at the Nivant Resort that is the only option for stay atop the hill with a view of the entire valley below. However the best part was the early morning sight when the entire city was covered in smog; and we actually saw the houses from which the smoke was coming and joining the floating layer on top.

Early morning smog over Satara city, Maharashtra

Early morning smog over Satara city, Maharashtra

The fort of Ajinkyatara Fort (meaning the Impregnable Star) was also visible from here. Though it is in ruins today, it is easily recognizable from the TV towers for the city.

Ajinkyatara Fort, Satara, Maharashtra

Ajinkyatara Fort, Satara, Maharashtra

We went for a local village walk wherein we saw some of the local village sights, people, birds, a long and recently shed snake-skin, insects, etc etc. Faces of Satara.

Paddy Farming in a local village, Satara

Paddy Farming in a local village, Satara

But best of all was the Jangam tribe, which is a unique ethnic group found in these parts of Maharashtra. Unlike their neighbors, they bury their dead and then pile stones over the spot, much like gravestones. It’s not clear whether they were influenced by the practice of the English (after they took over Maha­baleshwar) or whether this is an ancient practice of the tribe.

Graves of the Jangam tribe near their fields, Satara

Graves of the Jangam tribe near their fields, Satara

Driving around this area we always saw beautiful green hills all around, gorgeous valleys and terrace farming at various levels. We also saw various farmers going about their daily lives and saw some of them still ploughing their fields with bullocks.

Views while driving around Satara, Maharashtra

Views while driving around Satara, Maharashtra

Terrace Farming around Satara, Maharashtra

Terrace Farming around Satara, Maharashtra

On our way to Thoseghar Fall, we also saw the Koyna Dam catchment area, which was a beautiful sight.

Catchment around the Koyna dam, Satara

Catchment around the Koyna dam, Satara

Thoseghar Fall is worth a visit too and you can read more on it here. Thoseghar Fall in Satara.

Thoseghar Falls

Thoseghar Falls

From Thoesghar Fall, we reached Asia’s largest windmill farms, called the Chalkewadi Windmill area that despite all controversies does provide some good photographic opportunity and sighting of some flowers. You can read more about it here.

Windmills and Electricity Poles, Chalkewadi, Satara, Maharashtra

Windmills and Electricity Poles, Chalkewadi, Satara, Maharashtra

We also spent the evening under a beautiful star studded sky, something that I never see in Mumbai (as they are all hidden by a thick layer of pollution).

But best of all was the sighting of flowers and views at Kaas. A truly mesmeric sight that will leave everyone agape in wonder at nature’s creativity and imagination. Myriad colors or Kaas.

Carpets of flowers in Kaas

Carpets of flowers in Kaas

More of Kaas

More of Kaas

We also tried the Kandhi / Kendhi peda, that is famous for this area.

There are numerous other things to do around here too but I didn’t get a chance due to limited time. However I’ll write a detailed email for anyone else who is planning to visit and has time.

Overall, I loved my trip to Satara and its truly worth a short holiday trip or for a break from the regular everyday routine.

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21 Responses to “Photo Essay: My trip to Satara”

  1. acdunbar October 7, 2013 at 20:34 #

    beautiful photography!

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  2. Vividhunter October 8, 2013 at 18:12 #

    Wonderful photos and very interesting information. I hope to go one day, too!

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  3. The Travelling Chopsticks October 8, 2013 at 21:57 #

    Beautiful photos! Especially of the waterfall! 🙂

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  4. Niranjan October 9, 2013 at 19:55 #

    Wonderful captures. Looks so green and beautiful. Is there only one stay option is Satara?

    http://rajniranjandas.blogspot.in/2013/10/shiva-linga.html

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    • getsetandgo October 16, 2013 at 13:13 #

      Hey, there are more stay options but I understand that they are not too good.

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  5. sindhoooo October 9, 2013 at 23:10 #

    Wow! Nature is always beautiful and it looks extremely good when a charming photographer captures her! Thanks a lot!

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    • getsetandgo October 16, 2013 at 13:33 #

      Thanks a ton for the beautiful words 🙂 You made my day 🙂

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  6. Kara Freedman October 15, 2013 at 00:52 #

    I think it’s great that you had a chance to visit somewhere closer to home. I think too many travelers assume that close by necessarily means uninteresting, which is completely untrue. Especially for your readers who have never been to India!

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    • getsetandgo October 16, 2013 at 13:46 #

      Thanks Kara and earlier I too used to suffer from the same illusion. But this year I had set a target for myself to explore more of India and smaller places around my city 🙂 And I hope to be able to dispel this notion for others too 🙂

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  7. Rajesh October 16, 2013 at 19:55 #

    Great photography and awesome description!

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  8. pareshkale October 17, 2013 at 10:55 #

    Picture titled…” Windmills and Electricity Poles….” says alot ! Nice image

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  9. laxman adagale May 15, 2014 at 19:33 #

    i like it

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  10. nadar January 5, 2015 at 11:50 #

    please include me in the next trip

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  11. 2far2shout February 22, 2015 at 15:28 #

    You have certainly whet my appetite. A piece of India with few tourists. I always look out for places to ‘wild’ swim. I’m assuming theres lots of opportunity here? tony

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    • getsetandgo February 22, 2015 at 23:16 #

      Thanks and there are loads of options in Konkan for swimming in the open seas…

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