A bastion of history and beauty - Chapora Fort is in North Goa and is located 10 km away from Mapusa. The Fort is undeniably one of the most famous forts in Goa. Built by the Portuguese in 1717, Chapora Fort has a long and fascinating history attached to it. History tells us that the fortifications around the current location of the fort had existed long before the Portuguese even landed in Goa. However, the fort was known by a different name then and was reconstructed by the Portuguese. The fort gets its name from Chapora River that flows right alongside it.
In the current times, however, the fort has gained a place of importance as 'Dil Chahta Hain' Fort and was so named after the 2001 blockbuster that was shot here. A fascinating escape, it offers beautiful views of the sea and Chapora River.
Chapora Fort has passed through the possession of numerous rulers over a long period of time, right from the Portuguese to the Marathas and the ruins tell a story of their own! You can still see the entry points of the two tunnels that were built by the Portuguese to use as an escape in times of emergency. Legend also has it that the walls of the fort were thought to be impossible to breach as they followed the landscape almost exactly. However, a Maratha ruler called Sambhaji and his men scaled the walls with effortless ease, winning the hearts of the Portuguese generals guarding the bastion. This eventually led them to surrendering the fort through respect and admiration of the Maratha army.
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