Satara City Landscape
Satara City is surrounded by seven hills. The Seven hills defining the boundaries of this small town in Maharashtra give it its name. Metaphorically, it was also the capital city of Maratha’s for a long time, making it a star among the cities of the state. It is one of the important Tourist Places in Maharashtra.
Sajjangad – one of the seven hills, is popular with the tourists. When our auto driver was driving us towards this hill, he kept telling us that you have to climb 200-300 steps to go on top. While I could see a winding road going to the top of the hill. When we reached there it turned out that both of us were right in our own way. The winding road that I saw from a distance becomes a broad stairway that one has to climb on foot. It is lined with various Ganesh idols from various villages around. I guess it acts as a motivational force for the climbers. We did not go to the top where Samadhi of Swami Ramdas is. He is believed to have come here at the request of Shivaji Maharaj.
The view from the staircase is beautiful as you see the valleys formed by the other hills around. Sajjangad is obviously a name from the Mughal era. The original name of the place is Aswalya derived from an ancient sage Asvalayana Rishi‘s name, who is supposed to have meditated here.
Windmills can be seen all around on the hills. Giant fans moving on their own, generating power for us. Water bodies interspersing the many small hills is a typical landscape of the city. The tour guides will take you to a point where you can see the windmills very close by and you will find yourself surrounded by them.
At places, you can see the small waterfalls falling on the face of the hill. People stop by to admire them. At other places, the water bodies play hide and seek with the hills and your eyes join the game.
At dusk when the city lights up, the view from the hilltop changes. The inhabited areas shine amidst the hills engulfed by darkness like a shining bowl. It is lovely to see how at different points in time the different landscapes get highlighted.
As we moved on the roads leading to Windmills, Thoseghar falls, Kaas and Sajjangad, there was no way to miss the hues of green color spread on the various valleys, with animals grazing in some of them, flower beds on another. Explore the above places to visit during your tour.
A lovely small town of Maharashtra with Kaas as its crowning glory… It is an ideal weekend getaway from Mumbai & Pune.
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