Filled with family feuds, rebellious cousins, warrior queens and more, the history of Maharashtra is colourful. And, it is this history that has blessed Maharashtra’s skyline with forts since time immemorial. The Ajinkyatara Fort in Satara has its share of drama, rebellion, betrayal, good views and the dungeon where a legendary queen was imprisoned.
If you have ever crossed or been to Satara, this fort is hard to miss. Located in the heart of the city, the fort offers a great view of the city and is easily accessible. To get there, take the Pune - Satara Express Highway and within two hours you will reach the fort. If you can't drive or would rather leave your vehicle at home, there are several trains running regularly between Satara and Pune.
If historic novelists are to be believed, this fort’s existence can be traced to Chalukya period. Adding to this, the fort also held Maratha Empire’s most formidable queen, Maharani Tarabai Bhosale in captivity under the orders of Chhatrapati Shahu, her nephew.
The fort’s buland-darwaza (main entrance) is still intact and if you are that traveller who loves to click pictures, this is an ideal spot to capture. The fort's brilliant and strong walls offer a beautiful view of the Satara city. Especially by night, as the whole city lights up. It’s just like looking down on a sky full of stars. There are various spots on the fort where you can have a small picnic. Pack some snacks, sandwiches and a few drinks and don't forget a large napkin to sit on.
The fort also has a few food stalls that serve your basic Maharashtrian snacks such as vada pav, bhaji, poha, etc. Hence, it is highly advisable that you carry your own food, but be light about it. At the same time, you can always count on the local dhabas at the foothills of this fort for good, affordable and home-cooked meals.
The entry to the fort is free of charge, but if you feel like camping over here, you would have to work out permissions.