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Mahabaleshwar is a hill station located in the Satara District in the Western Ghats range of Maharashtra, India. Located about 120 km from Pune and 285 km from Mumbai, Mahabaleshwar is a vast plateau measuring 150 km˛, bound by valleys on all sides. Many tourists also visit nearby Panchgani. After the construction of a new highway, it is only a five hour drive from Mumbai. It reaches a height of 1438 m (4710 ft) at its highest peak above sea level, known as Wilson/Sunrise Point. Mahabaleshwar, "The Queen of Hill Stations", served as the summer capital of Bombay province during the British Raj, and today is a popular holiday resort and honeymoon spot. The area is also an important pilgrimage site for Hindus, and is the site of the Mahabaleshwar Temple. Mahabaleshwar comprises three villages, Malcolm Peth, Old "Kshetra" Mahabaleshwar and part of the Shindola village. The first historical mention of Mahabaleshwar dates back to year 1215 when the King Singhan of Deogiri visited Old Mahabaleshwar. Present Mahabaleshwar came into existence in the year 1829-30 and from old records is mentioned as Malcolm Peth, but in practise today it is known as Mahabaleshwar.
There are certain places around us, which have hardly been explored. Pateshwar alias Patheshwar aka Surya Patheshwar is one such place near Satara where one can find copious archaic sculptures.

From roads, you won’t find any structure on the Pateshwar Hill as the entire hill is wrapped in a green thick blanket of trees. The jungle is of semi-deciduous type with teak, banyan, Jajmun, Karvee and other tree varieties. With lyrical notes of an Indian Robin or Whistling Barbet, one can find serene environ with cool feeling.

On the way, you need to park your vehicle near a precipice from where you can take a panoramic view of the National Highway that takes you to Kolhapur. You can see Sajjangad, Urmodi Dam on one side and Satara MIDC on the other.

In the close vicinity of the first Hemadpanti Shiva Temple, you find many pieces of statuettes around it and the sidewalls of the temple consists of cave-like openings on the either sides of entrance. One of such never-seen-before engrave has a huge Shivalinga and the other consists of a Hanuman idol. The premises also comprise of two big Deepmalas.

You enter the main temple and find a Maha Shiva Linga carved with minute necklace-like linings on it. These are nothing but 551 small Pindis carved on the main Pindi. All the walls are carved with such minute Pindis and the total number of such Pindis is not less than 1,008. The main Pindi remains submerged in water. There are number of carvings on the monolithic poles of the temple that will keep you spell bound. One snake-like carving, sculptures of the eight Avatars of Lord Vishnu and linguistic carvings in Modi script on one of the poles can be found.
Satara city is situated on the slope of this hill fort. The Temple of Mangalai Devi and the Saptatara devi is on the fort which gives its name to Satara (derived from Sapta Tara). Other temples are of Hanuman & Shiv. This fort was once an invincible one under the reign of Ch. Shivaji Maharaj and was only won by treachery by Mughal Emperor Aurangjeb.
Yawateshwar is a famous and old shiv temple located on the west side of satara city. It is about five km away from Satara. You can walk from Satara or get there by road. You can take a bird's eye view of Satara city & Kanher Dam while on the road to temple.
Kaas Lake
Proceeding further in the westerly direction from Yawateswar, we find Kaas Lake which is situated on Kaas Platau. It is about 26 km away from Satara city and accessible by road. Built in 1875 the lake provides most supply of drinking water to the old city. This is also a famous picnic spot for the rainy season.
Bamnoli is about 36 km from Satara city and is situated on the bank of Koyana Dam backwaters. Bamnoli serves as a last road stop for people who want to go Koyana Sanctuary from Satara city. From here you can take a motor boat to see Tapola which is famous for water sport or visit the wild life sanctuary and the jungles of Javali.
Sajjangad is place of great saint Samartha Ramdas Swami. Ramdas Swami is famous for his message of mental and physical exercise. He established temples of god Hanuman all across Maharashtra and India. These temples were meant for exercise known as 'Talim'. He was Chatrapathi Shivaji's spiritual guru. His writings “Manache Shlok” and “Dasbodh” teaches practical guiding principles of life in a straight forward and simple language. This fort is visited by thousands of pilgrims and trekking enthusiasts. Accommodation is available from charity trust on the fort. The fort gives one a sense of serenity and mental peace due to the spiritual atmosphere and the being the final resting place - Samadhi of Samaratha Ramdas Swami.
Thoseghar Waterfall
Thosegarh waterfall is another such spot near Satara with frequent visitors and tourists during and after the rainy season. To get there one has to drive a little further on same road of Sajjangadh from Satara. This waterfall is famous for its breath taking views of the valley and is approximately 40 m high.
Satara is put on international map of renewable energy source due to over 1500 windmills build on Chalkewadi plateau. The installed capacity of the windmill project is approximately 300 MW.
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