Our main agenda for this weekend get away was Kas Pathar, which was our long awaited destination since last 5 years. And this time we didn’t wanted to miss it.
Since one way journey to Kas Pathar is 4.5 hrs we decided to book a hotel for a night stay and cover few more near by attractions. Luckily through a friend came to know about this simple yet beautiful resort Shrileela resort situated just 10 min away from Kas valley n surrounded by mountain n scenic beauty.
We started early so that we could reach Satara in 4 hrs and could go to Sajjangad fort first and then head for checking in to resort by evening.
Weather on that day was cloudy just favorable for long treks. Clouds were communicating with us with various formations and giving us a perfect weather to travel this far with ease.
The moment we entered Satara my husband just asked me to google about the place called Shiv Kalin vihir and asked me to check if its close by. And to our surprise we were just 6 min away from the place. So it was clear we are heading towards this fabulous place.
Location 1– Bara Motichi Vihir – Shiv Kalin Vihir (well) :
Baramotichi Vihir is a stepwell in Limb village in Satara district in Maharashtra state in India. It was constructed between 1641 and 1646 by Virubai Bhosale. It is 110 ft deep and 50 ft in diameter. Limb village is situated around 16 km from Satara and approximately 99 km from Pune. The well is octagonal in shape and looks like dug-out Shivling. (Reference from Wikipedia)
It was meant to be a water source to all the farms around with its 12 moats. From the top, visitors can see few tiny walls and water channels. The well is 110 feet deep and 50 feet in diameter. This is not a traditional step-well like the ones in Rajasthan. It is more than 300 years old structure and still in great shape, just shows the engineering expertise of people of that time, unlike the bridges build now a days which collapse within months post construction.
The well had steps from one side leading to the middle of the well. There is an arched opening after climbing down the stair. There are 2 beautiful carved flowers on either side of arch and a gallery above. The gallery has entrances on two sides with a small palace on one side.
Once you climb down the stairs, it leads to an arched opening through which you can reach the well. On top of this arched opening, there is a gallery which opens out to both sides. This was built to accommodate the throne of the king. The gallery can be reached by a narrow “chor-darwaja” from the side (on ground level).
It was nice being there, we enjoyed being in the ambiance for a while and both my kids were fascinated with the secret doors idea. Statues of lion overpower ng elephants can be seen on the wallsof well, which is similar to one seen in Raigad nagarkhana walls. Once you are in gallery, you can see various symbols carved on the gallery pillars. Images carved include that of Warrior on horse, Ganesha, Hanumana, Birds, elephant and various other symbols which we did’t had any idea.
We really liked this place and would like to visit again during Monsoon.
Location 2 : Sajjangad
Sajjangad (सज्जनगड) means’Fort of Good’ People, is located near the city of Satara, India. It is the final resting place of Sant Ramdas in 17th century India (born 1608). His teachings and works written in books such as Dasbodh are read and followed by many people even today in the state of Maharashtra and Sajjangad is a popular place of pilgrimage.
History: This fort was known by the name of Asvalayana Rishi, since he lived here for many years in ancient times. Then it was called Aswalya gad due to the number of Aswals or bears wandering there. The fort was made by Bahamani Emperors in between (1347-1527). After that in (1527-1686) it came under Adilshah dynasty. Mughal king defeated Adilshah and the fort came under Mughal rule.This fort was captured by King Shivaji on 2 April 1663 from Adilshah. Previously known as Parali, it was renamed to Sajjangad. Fateullahakhan’s army encircled the fort on 21 April 1700 and finally captured it on 6 June1700. After it became the part of Mughal empire, it was renamed as “Navrastara”. This fort was won by Marathas in the year 1709. The fort was captured by British in 1818.
Presently the maintenance of the fort and the Samadhi (final resting place) of Sadguru Shri Samarth Ramdas Swami is taken care by Ramdas Swami Sanstha, a trust which has existed since the time of Shri Ramdas Swami. The daily routine of the trustees on the fort includes morning prayers, Abhishek and Puja, Maha Naivedya, Bhajans and reading of the manuscript Dasbodh written by Sant Ramdas. The fort is open for devotees from 5.00am to 9.00pm.(all days)Entry and exit beyond these hours is restricted. In the afternoon, trustees of Sajjangad serves a food (as prasad) to the devotees for free of cost. Recently the “Shri Ramdas Swami Sansthan” trust has built a Bhaktniwas for the devotees for free of cost stay. Every year during Shiv Jayanti thousands of devotees visit the shrine by walking up to it.
Its a easy level trek with very few steps to climb up the fort. we were there for few hours and we could feel the peace in the village located at the fort like a peaceful, harmonious kingdom. We had heartful prasadam which they served with love. we could sense discipline, organised way of managing, engrossed disciples reading Dashbodh at the fort temple which altogether made this place a perfect pilgrimage.One can sense the positivity and holiness there and the place is gifted with beauty of nature.
It was a pleasure being their and we got switzerland kind view at the backside of the Temple. It was truely breathtaking. Overall we had one of its kind experience at Sajjangad fort from Darshan to Prashadam to mesmerising views to well maintained property.
Location 3: Thosegar waterfall
Thoseghar waterfalls is a scenic spot located near the small village of Thoseghar, 20 km from Satara city, at the edge of the Konkan region, in Western India. There are a series of waterfalls, some of them 15 to 20 metres and one of approx 200 metres in height. People come from all over Maharashtra to visit the area, especially during the rainy or monsoon season, July to November. Heavy rain falls during that season, and because of this the falls have more water and are more spectacular. The immediate area is calm and quiet, with a clean lake and dark woods in a hilly area. One can spot many birds near the waterfall.
Very picturesque road takes you to Thoseghar falls from Satara. This road is known as Chalkewadi road which is largest windmill farm in Asia. Around 15000 windmills adorn the table top area.
We were excited to get wet in the Waterfall but the gates were closed for safety reasons. The view area and the walk to the same is nicely maintained. We got a nice view of the waterfall from behind the gate and we enjoyed our planned water play at the Small Dam close by.
And after all these 3 fabulous location we finally checked into the Resort at 6pm that day.
About the resort : The place where the resort located offers a beautiful environment that’s completely in harmony with nature.That’s why their slogan is – “feel the beauty of nature“. Our stay their was relaxing and rejuvenating. Food was simple and nice, with polite staff and management.
Location 4 : Kas/Kaas Pathar flower valley/Plateau
One has to do online booking for Kas pathar flower valley visit. They have slots for visitors. We opted for 7 to 10 am to avoid going in afternoon heat.
Visit to Kaas Pathar Plateau was just awesome. Flowers of pink, purple, yellow and white blossomed all over the valley. Truely this place is gifted and the associated authorities are putting great efforts to preserve it.
About Kas Plateau:
The Kas Plateau is situated at the Sahyadri hills near Satara at an altitude of 1200 metres and is approximately 10 square kilometers in area.. This plateau is well known for its unique biosphere, high hill plateaus and grasslands. During monsoon season, especially in the month of August and September, the plateau comes to life, with picturesque view of various types flowers that carpet the floor of the plateau. As per the Forest Department’s Board at Kas Plateau, there are more than 150 or more types of flowers, shrubs and grasses found here.!! Kaas Pathar is a plateau made from volcanic rocks in the Satara district of Maharashtra, and comes under the biosphere of the Western Ghats.
Kas Pathar with its scenic beauty, its hospitable people, religious and cultural harmony, heritage has already established itself has a popular tourist destination on both the national as well as the international arena. In recent years, the number of local and foreign visitors has reached record highs
We were so engrossed seeing all the flowers at valley that we walked more than 6 km and still were not tired. The awesome weather and the scenic beauty of that place kept us going. It was just a wonderful experience.
After the long pending Kas pathar visit we did checkout and straight headed to Ajinkyatara fort which we had to visit as it was few minutes away from our resort.
Location 5: Ajinkyatara fort Killa:
“Ajinkytara” means Impregnable Star. It’s a fort built in 1150 by Second King – “Bhoj” from Panhala region. Later on “Bahamani” dynasty ruled here…. then ruled “Adilshah”. On 11th November 1675, Great king “Shivaji Maharaj” won this fort.
The Ajinkyatara fort is a major historic place of Maharashtra and was very vital as one could keep watch over the entire South Maharashtra. The fort is located at Ajinkyatara Mountain – one of the seven surrounding Satara district.
This is the same fort where “Shivaji Maharaj” preferred to take rest from December 1675 till January 1676 because of illness.
This is the same fort where – “Balaji Vishwanath –Bhat” – better known as “Peshwa Balaji Vishwanath” took oath as “First Peshva”. He was the first of a series of hereditary Peshwas (means Prime Minister) hailing from the konkani family who gained effective control of the Maratha Empire during the 18th century.
Every Peshva visited this fort in past! … King Rajaram ruled from here …
Ajinkytara witnessed one of the great battles between Maratha’s versus Mughal. Aurangzeb was almost killed in the battle here. Had it happened; Maratha’s & Maharashtra’s history would have been different!
Later on – “Tararani” (queen of Maratha’s) also ruled from Ajinkytara.
After “Tararani” British took over this fort … king Pratapsingh was killed brutally here in 1818.
From 1840 to 1853; his lawyer “Rango Bapuji” did file a case against British in British assembly! He had to return to India because of money crunch. Very few know about this character from history. He also played important role in great battle in 1857. Nobody knows what happened to him after that battle.
Keshav Sitaram Thackeray, commonly known by his pen name Prabodhankar Thackeray – an Indian politician, social activist and author – dig in the history and have written on this great personality from history.
Now, there is monument built in memory of “Rango Bapuji” – well known as “Char Bhinti” at the base of “Ajinkyatara”
Ajinkyatara has seen a lot…. Obviously this is one of the places in Maharashtra where one can now just feel the history…
The fort is located at Ajinkyatara Mountain, which is 3,300 feet high.
In 1708, Shahu Maharaj won Ajinkyatara, which remained with the Marathas till 1818. The Ajinkyatara fort is a major historic place of Maharashtra, and was vital as one could keep watch over the entire south Maharashtra.
One can take vehicle till the main gate of the Fort. During monsoon the fort is fully covered with lush greenary. Exploring the fort was fascinating. One should google about the history of the fort and then plan a visit to make the journey more interesting.
Our walk through the entire fort was exciting. With all the old tall trees with prop roots and lush greenary around at the fort all of sudden my kids started a pretend game with characters of Zumanji movie and we joined in to add in the fun while exploring. And I must say we did it well specially with the character Dr. Bravestone, our favourite one.
It was like walking through the Jungle. We saw many different birds and Peepal tree grown between the walls of the fort.
So this is how we visited 5 locations with ease. I am really proud and happy that my kids are always excited to be at all these Historic locations and equally curious to know more about it.
This trip became all the more memorable as we could have a short glimpse of Rainbow while returning home.
Thank you all the readers and thank you Universe for giving us this opportunity of experiencing the beauty of Nature and also thanks to my Naturalist, adventurous husband who plans these exciting trips.
Please Note : All the historic data is taken from google and this blog is created and published just to share our travel experiences to encourage families and friends.