The city was the capital of the Maratha empire in the 17th century, hence one of the historical cities of Maharashtra. This city is the capital of Satara Tehsil, as well as Satara District.Descendents of Shivaji Maharaj & Bhosale Clan stay in Satara.
The name of the city is derived from the seven hills surrounding the city. Saat (सात) meaning seven in Marathi and Tara (तारा) meaning hill, thus forming the word 'Satara'. Historians agree that the name of the city has its origins in the seven hills overlooking the city. The seven hills are Ajinkyatara, Sajjangad, Yawateshwar, Jarandeshwar, Nakdicha Dongar, Kitlicha Dongar, and Pedhyacha Bhairoba.
Well connected by superb highway Satara is 120 kms away from Pune,243 kms from Mumbai.Nearest Airport is Pune Airport. Travelling towards Satara is treat to eyes.
Yavteshwar the place where big hill areas located and also Ajinkya Tara famous wind energy making hill in India.
Satara is well known for its sweet: 'Kandi Pedhe'. This city was one of the capitals of the Maratha Empire. Also, this city was one of the centers of Indian Independence Movement. It is situated near confluence of two rivers: Krishna and Venna. If we see the panorama of city from Yawateshwar at night, we can see the number '17', due to the lighting on the roads.
Satara City has a unique statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj standing near a canon at Powai Naka. Most of the statues elsewhere depict Ch. Shivaji Maharaj riding on a horse.
Kaas plateau is now a World Natural Heritage site.
During the rainy season one can enjoy the view of Thoseghar Waterfalls. Straight ahead is Chalkewadi, a wind mill farm.
Satari Kandi Pedhe- a sweet preparation. This is the speciality of Satara. "Batata Wada" by Supanekar is a must. Check out for this spot in the evening around Rajwada(city palace). There are many non-veg restaurants, dhabas, etc. along the highway which offer quality non-veg food with local flavor.
Hotel Rajtara, New Radhika Road, Opp ST Stand, Ph:02162 233 489
Hotel Radhika Palace, New Radhika Road, Opp ST Stand, Ph: 02162 233 133
Hotel Sai Palace, 475/3, Sadar Bazar, Near Bhu-Vikas Bank, Ph: 02162 234 328
Hotel Suruban, go straight from Hotel Sai Palace, Ph: 02162 229 211
Kaas Plateau of Flowers- This is a plateau around 24km from Satara. It blooms great variety of flowers in the month on September-October. Local transport is available from Rajwada.
Mahableshwar - The famous hill station is about 50km from Satara. With one of the few evergreen forests of India, it served as the summer capital of Bombay province during the British Raj. Local transport is available. Road is nice and smooth. Aundh Museum. Local transport is available from Satara bus stand.
Sajjangad - It is the final resting place of Sant Ramdas, a saint and social reformer in 17th century India.It is possible to reach the top of the fort by vehicle. From there one has to climb around a hundred steps to reach the gate of the fort.It is exact 18 km from Satara city.You can hire a autorickshaw or bus from a famous area of satara Rajwada.
Wai - Is a well know temple town on the base of Mahabaleshwar. There is a Ganesh Temple and Kashi Vishveshwar Temple along the banks of the river Krishna. Menavali, a village, near Wai where quite a few movies have been shot like Swades, Dabaang, Gangajal, Bol Bachchan. There are 2 temples dedicated to Shiva and Vishnu. The wada of Nana Phadnavis is also near the temple on the banks of river Krishna.