Kaas Pathar Satara
Kaas plateau of flowers in Maharashtra is often referred to as Kaas Pathar. Every year the plateau is covered with small colourful wildflowers which bloom after the monsoon rains. It is a UNESCO world natural heritage site. Best time to visit Kaas plateau of flower is mid-end September. Though, the flowers blooms from August and continues blooming till October, the best bloom is often witnessed in September. Visitors to Kaas is restricted by the government and one needs to register themselves online before making the actual visit. The distance from Kaas to Mumbai is 269 kilometres and Kaas to Pune is 125 kilometres.
“Hey, so what are you planning as your next destination?” asked our friend. “Did you say plan? Oh I am a great planner. But, the universe seems to dislike the planned version of me,” I replied. In 2013 I was trying to plan a hiking trip to the Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand. Two months prior to its execution, India saw one of its worst natural calamities. Multiday cloudbursts in Uttarakhand killed thousands of people, animals, and destroyed roads and trails. In 2016, from the Facebook group Globetrotting Girls India, I got to know about Kas Pathar, another valley, or more accurately, plateau, of flowers near Satara city of Maharashtra.…