[The Inpregnable Star] - One Of The Best Forts In Satara
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Basic Info: Ajinkyatara which literally means [The Inpregnable Star] is one of the best forts in Satara. This fort was under Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj's rule in the 16th century and holds quite a historical importance in the history of Maharashtra.
One can get specatular views of Satara city from this fort, Today this fort holds the TV tower for Satara City like Sinhagad has the TV tower for Pune.
Best Season to visit: The best time to visit would be winter. The trek of Ajinkyatara is of easy level and hence is recommended for novice trekkers.
If you do not want to trek, there is a motorable road that takes you directly to the top of the fort.
How to Reach: The fort is situated in Satara city and hence there are many ways to get to the fort. From Pune, this fort is exactly 115kms away.
You can ask the locals for the route to Adalat Wada. From Adalat wada, a motorable road will take you to the top of the fort.
What to see on the fort: Below are the key places to see on the fort
Camping info: We are not sure if camping is allowed on this fort as we had gone for a one day trip to Ajinkyatara.
But the Hanuman temple is large enough to accomodate atleast 12-13 people. Also its better that you carry your own food as there are no good restaurants nearby.
There is no potable water on the fort, hence if you are planning for overnight treks, ensure that you have plenty of drinking water and usable water.
During the winters, the temperate falls pretty low and hence take enough of blankets or anything that will keep you warm at night. After a hard days trek, all you need is a good night sleep.
History: This fort was also the capital of the Maratha Empire like Raigad. It was the 4th Capital.
In 1708 Shahu Maharaj won this fort by treachery and then this was under the Maratha Empire till 1818. This was the place where Shahu Maharaj had imprisoned Tarabai.
Earlier, Tarabai Raje Bhonsale had won this fort from the Mughals and renamed it to Ajinkyatara. Under the Mughal rule, Ajinkya Tara was called Azamtara.