Roadtrip Trip to Kaas Plateau

Kass the home to millions of tiny flowers in late monsoons. The whole spectacle is beyond words. More than 300 varieties of wild flowers, herbs, orchids, shrubs, insectivorous plants etc. Satara the Ancient City surrounded by seven hills.. 


 Date: September 19th Night 7pm to 
           September 20, 2014 Night.




Budget:

Ex. Mumbai Rs.3950/- 
(Mumbai - Pune - Satara - Kaas - Mumbai)

Ex. Pune Rs.1850/- 
(Pune - Satara - KAAS - Pune - Cab)


Inclusions: Ex. Mumbai
2 Dinner, 1 Breakfast, 1 Mid-Day Snack, 1 Lunch, 1 Evening Tea / Snack
Transport Non AC Private Bus transport (Mumbai - Pune - Satara - KAAS - Mumbai)
Overnight Stay at Pune (AC Rooms on triple sharing)
for twin sharing add Rs.300/- per head extra (for people registering in 2s)
Expert Management Services of Nature Knights

Inclusions: Ex. Pune
Pune - Satara - KAAS - Pune Travel by No AC Private Bus
during return trip Drop in AC Cab upto 40 km from highway into the town.
Breakfast, 1 Mid-Day Snack, 1 Lunch, 1 Evening Tea
Expert Management Services of Nature Knights

Excludes:

Any meals / menu not part of standard package
2nd night dinner not included
Travel or accident insurance
Tips, Shopping etc.
Anything that is not included is excluded.

Cancellation Clause

Cancellation charges before September 5th will 25% of the total trip fee.
Cancellation charges before September 12th  will be 50% of the total trip fee.
No refund if the cancellation is after September 12th.


Planned Schedule:

September 19, 2014 (Saturday)

Pickup points
6:30 pm Bus Starts at Malad near Oberoi Mall
7:00 pm Andheri near Bislery (where Mumbai/Pune Bus stops) towards Cigratte Factory end of Western Express Highway
7:20 pm after Vakola signal
7:30 pm Bandra (Kalanagar Signal) near Exit of SKY Walk
7:45 pm Sion Station
8:10 pm Chembur (Before Diamond Garden Signal)
8:40 pm Vashi (Junction of Station Road and Highway below bridge)
9:10 pm Belapur
9:30 pm Mc Donald

Halt at Food Court for dinner
11:30 pm arrival at Hotel

Call it a day

4:00 am Early Wake up
Tea/ Bread Butter
5:15 am Depart from Pune
Packed breakfast
Tea on the way
9:00 am arrival at KAAS

Exploring KAAS from 9am to 3:00 pm
Lunch at Bamnoli 
3:30 pm Start back for Mumbai
7:00 pm Arrival at Pune
11:00 pm Arrival at Mumbai

Note: We can try and organise pre-paid cabs at night from Mumbai for dropping people home. The cost of these cabs will be borne and shared by participants using this service.

For Pune participants the cost of cabs to drop them upto 40 km from highway is already budgeted in the cost.



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About Kaas


Best season: late monsoon till October.

Kaas Lake ls on a distance of 22kms from Satara and most part of the road leading to Kaaz from Satara is hilly. Kaas Plateau  is called as Maharashtra's Valley of Flowers.

During late monsoon most hills are covered with carpets of wild flowers. The lateritic plateau of Kass has becomes home to millions of tiny flowers in late monsoons. The whole spectacle is beyond words. More than 300 varieties of wild flowers, herbs, orchids, shrubs, insectivorous plants etc. This plateau overlooks the lush evergreen forests that serves as a water catchment area of Koyna Dam and which is recently declared as “Sahyadri Tiger reserve". In monsoon the whole area transforms into an unbelievable carpets of flowers like yellow carpets of Smithia and Sonki flowers, Pink carpets of Balsam, Purple carpets of Karvi etc.



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About Satara and a bit of its history




The city gets its name from seven (Saat is seven) hills surrounding the city. Tara in local languate also means hills. The seven hills are Ajinkyatara, Sajjangad, Yawateshwar, Jarandeshwar, Nakdicha Dongar, Kitlicha Dongar, and Pedhyacha Bhairoba.

The oldest Dynasty ruling Satara is said to be the Rashtrakutas. The oldest Rashtrakutas are believed to be from ancient Kuntala in the valley of river Krishna. King Manank ruled from 350 - 375 CE. and had built his capital in Maanpur (now Maan in Satara district). The Vakatakas of Vidarbha, another Rashtrakuta rulers were in conflict with Manank. Subsequently, the Rashtrakutas became feudatories to the Chalukyas and came into prominence under Dantidurga around 753 CE.

The empire of Chandragupta II, known as Mahendraditya Kumargupta I, extended as far as Satara district in Deccan when he ruled between 451 and 455 AD. The Mauryan empire in the Deccan was followed by the rule of Satavahans for about two centuries between 550 and 750 AD.

The first Muslim invasion of the Deccan took place in 1296. In 1636 the Nizam Shahi dynasty came to an end. In 1663 Shivaji conquered Parali & Satara fort. After the death of Shivaji, Aurangzeb's son Muhammad Azam Shah conquered Satara fort (Ajinkyatara) after a 6month siege, later won by Parshuram Pratinidhi in 1706. In 1708 Chattrapati Shahu, the son of Chhatrapati Sambhaji, was crowned on the Satara fort. The direct descendents of Raja Shivaji continue to live in Satara. The current king of Satara, Udayanraje Bhosale is the 13th descendent of Shivaji Maharaj.

After their victory in the Third Anglo-Maratha War in 1818, the British Empire annexed most of the Maratha territory to Bombay Presidency, but restored the titular Raja Pratap Singh, and assigned to him the principality of Satara, an area much larger than the present district. As a result of political intrigues, he was deposed in 1839, and his brother Shahji Raja was placed on the throne. This prince died without any male heirs, and as a result Satara was eventually annexed by the British government, and added to Bombay Presidency.

In 1930 several young leaders Yashwantrao Chavan, Dhulappa Navale, Swami Ramanand Bharti, V.S. Page & Gaurihar Sihasane took part in the Civil Disobedience Movement led by Mahatma Gandhi. In 1940 individual sathyagraha was limited, symbolic & non-violent in nature & it was let to Mahatma Ghandhi to choose the satyagrahis. Acharya Vinoba Bhave was the first individual satyagrahi of Mahatma Gandhi & in Satara District region Dhulappa Bhaurao Navale was the first individual satyagrahi.

During the independence struggle, a type of Parallel Government known as Prati Sarkar came into existence. The people of Satara, under the leadership of Krantisinha Nana Patil, ousted the British officials and took power into their hands. During Quit India Movementof 1942, this parallel government replaced British government for 4.5 years from August 1943 to May 1946. Similar ousters of British power in other areas, led to the formation of similar Parallel Governments in Midnapore in West Bengal and Purnia in Uttar Pradesh. Such was the efficiency and power of these Parallel Governments that for nearly 4.5 years, the British did not even try to capture these areas, fearing defeat; which shows the popular nature of these governments.

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