Monday, 16 September 2013

Trip to Thoseghar and Sajjangad fort, Satara

After Kaas trip, we had half day time left to visit few other places near Satara. My parents suggested me to drive towards Thoseghar waterfall. They wanted to watch Thoseghar waterfall and Sajjangad fort. As we were in Satara on Saturday night and went to Kaas in early morning, we had plenty of time to cover both the places. I thought of writing different blogs on these places rather than combining them together.

You can read Travel blog on Kaas visit by clicking here.

About Thoseghar and Sajjangad fort:
              Thoseghar waterfall is a Maharashtra’s famous waterfall near the small village Thoseghar. It is around 22 km from Satara city. This is typical monsoon waterfall where people from all over Maharashtra visit this area. You cannot enter in the waterfall. Surrounding area is very calm and covered with dense forest.
             Sajjangad fort (meaning “Fort of good people) is located around 12-13km from Satara city. It is the final resting place of Sant Ramdas, a saint and social reformer in 17th century India (born 1606).His teachings and works written in books such as Dasbodh are read and followed by many people even today in the state of Maharashtra.

To reach at Thoseghar/Sajjangad from Pune is Catch National highway 4 (Mumbai-Bangalore highway) towards Kolhapur/Bangalore direction – Drive for around 104 – 106 km on NH4 – you will able to see Satara city at your right side – Take a right turn to enter in Satara (Sign board are there to guide) – Cross Satara through pawai Naka –After few km drive, you will see Y share junction and tunnel on left side –Enter in the tunnel as which goes towards Sajjangad fort and Thoseghar waterfall – Sajjangad is around 10-11 km from Tunnel – Thoseghar waterfall is around 21 km from tunnel. 

Thoseghar waterfall
Thoseghar waterfall

Travelers for this trip were me, my wife Renuka, my parents and sister Pratima.

Day 0: 14th September 2013 - Pune to Satara (Total Distance traveled: 106 km):
             We wanted to visit Kaas plateau in early morning and then Thoseghar waterfall and Sajjangad so we decided to travel to Satara on Saturday. Stay was not a problem for us as my mother was born in Satara. She had spent nearly25 years in Satara before her marriage. We left Pune by 7 PM and reached Satara at around 9.15 PM. We stayed at mother’s best friend’s place.

Day 1: 15th September 2013 – Satara – Kaas - Pune (Total Distance traveled: 224 km):
               We woke up early morning and left for Kaas plateau. We reached Kaas by 7 Am and then left from this lovely place at around 12.30 PM. Our next destination was Thoseghar waterfall. We drove back around 22 km and reached at tunnel point. Our journey begins with a waterfall welcoming us. The route to fall was very scenic even in month of September. View of Sahyadri is breathtaking. After driving for few kms, you can see huge windmill farm on large plateau known as Chalkewadi windmill farm. 

View of Sahyadri
View of Sahyadri

              There were enough parking spaces at Thoseghar. After paying a nominal entry fee, you can view waterfall. There is a platform which gives a good view of the waterfall. You have to climb down a short distance before you reach the view point from where you will be able to see the Thoseghar falls. Climbing down is not a problem but it is bit tough to climb up again. There are 3-4 waterfalls visible from the view point.The biggest one is to the right and not completely visible. The one straight ahead is also big and has two layers. 

waterfall
Falls

              There is one small local restaurant at Thoseghar parking. We had our lunch there. I am not sure, but I think the name of the restaurant was “Thoseghar restaurant”. You need to order in advance as they need at least 30 min to prepare your meal. Best way can be, order your food and then visit the fall in 45 min and have lunch in the restaurant. Pithle Bhakri is very tasty whereas rest of the food was average. They also serve Chicken but we didn’t order as Ganesh festival was going on. After our lunch break, we proceeded for Sajjangad which was our last destination.
               For Sajjangad, It is possible to reach the top of the fort by vehicle. From there one has to climb around a 185 steps to reach the gate of the fort. 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. Shivaji maharaja conquers the fort and it was renamed to Sajjangad after he requested Shri Ramdas Swami to set up his permanent monastery.There are two maha-darwaja (means entrance gate of fort), first known as “Chatrapati Shivaji mahadwar” and second as “Shree Samarth mahadwar”. The fort is open for devotees from sunrise to sunset. Being a place of Samadhi by Samarth Ramdas Swami, the spiritual guru of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaja, it is a holy place.The maintenance of the fort and the Samadhi (final resting place) of Ramdas is taken care by Ramdas Swami Sansthan, a trust which has existed since the time of Shri Ramdas Swami. The trust provides free lodging and food for the devotees of Samarth Ramdas Swami. 

Shree Chatrapati Shivaji entrance gate
Shree Chatrapati Shivaji entrance gate

Shree Samarth entrance gate

Information Board

               There is a Samadhi (final resting place) of Ramdas swami and beautiful load ram temple. This area is very peaceful than any other holy place. You get a stunning view of nature from the fort. After spending some time, we left this place. People can notice while climbing to Sajjangad that there are many different small temples of Load Hanuman. I have taken all photos, which you can see in form of collage. We reached parking by 5.30 and left for home.We reached home by 9 PM safely ending pleasurable Kaas and Sajjangad trip in monsoon 



Our Expenses:
Car Petrol: INR 1800/- (around 21 Lit. at INR 84.11/lit) (Petrol for Kaas + Sajjangad trip)
Toll-1 on NH4 (Khed-shivapur): INR 75/- (one way)
Toll-2 on NH4 (Anewadi Satara): INR 50/- (one way)
Thoseghar waterfall entry: INR 10/- per person
Thoseghar Car parking: INR 10/-
Camera chargers at Thoseghar: INR 10/- per camera
Lunch at Thoseghar: INR 170/- (Pithle Bhakri: INR 40/-, Bhaji Poli meal: INR 50/-)
Toll-1 on NH4 (Anewadi Satara): INR 50/- (one way)
Toll-2 on NH4 (Khed-shivapur): INR 75/- (one way)

Thanks for reading this Travel Blog. Happy traveling.
Pritesh Kulkarni 
Pune

8 comments:

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  2. Hi Pritesh,
    Do you have contact no of trust authorities at Sajjangad, if one wants to stay at night ?

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    1. Really sorry but i do not have contact no of trust authorities at Sajjangad

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  3. Nice Blog , keep travelling and writing blogs

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  4. Nice blog with detailed information , keep blogging for near locations to visit from pune , Very Helpful :)

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