India | Maharashtra | Satara
#16 of 21 Places to Visit in Satara
Distance (From Satara Bus Station): 14 Kms
Trip Duration (Including Travel): 1 Hour
Place Location: Near Limb Village
Transportation Options: Bus / Cab
Travel Tips: None
At a distance of 14 km from Satara Bus Station, Baramotichi Vihir is an ancient step well situated near Limb in Satara district of Maharashtra. It is probably the only step well in Maharashtra and also one of the popular places of sightseeing in Satara.
Baramotichi Vihir was constructed between 1641 AD and 1646 AD by Sau Virubhai Bhosale. It was meant to be a water source to all the farms around with its 12 moats. From the top, visitors can see few tiny walls and water channels. The well is octagonal in shape and is 110 feet deep and 50 feet in diameter. This is not a traditional step-well like the ones in Rajasthan.
The well had steps from one side leading to the middle of the well. There is an arched opening after climbing down the stair. There are 2 beautiful carved flowers on either side of arch and a gallery above. The gallery has entrances on two sides with a small palace on one side.