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Vasai Fort, Pune Overview

Located in the town of Vasai in the Palghar District of Maharashtra, Vasai Fort is a majestic fort and a protected monument by the Archaeological Survey of India. Also known as Fort Bassein or Fort Bacaim, it overlooks the confluence of the River Ulhas in the background and is one of the top tourist destinations in the region. Considered to be a heritage site and a notable historical monument, the architectural marvel stands sturdy with intact chapels and fortifications and very little ruins. It is also a popular spot among filmmakers and renowned music artists who visit here often to shoot their pieces amidst beautiful landscape and stunning scenery. The very famous “Hymn for the Weekend” by Coldplay was shot here as were several Bollywood movies like Josh, Aag and Khamoshi etc.

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Architecture of Vasai Fort

Boasting of Indo-Portuguese history, Vasai Fort stands testimony to the rich history and culture of the bygone times. The mighty ramparts or the fortifications are overgrown with verdant vegetation and overlook the Vasai Creek and the Bhayandar Creek. Several sturdy staircases lead up to the watchtowers from which you can enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the city. However, some of the Portuguese buildings inside the fort like the church etc. are in ruins but you can still figure out the structure and demarcated area of the same. Some of the outer walls or facades of these structures have carvings and inscriptions made on them. In addition to this, there are three chapels inside Vasai Fort that are completely in good state. They have facades resembling 17th century Potuguese churches.

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Things to Do In and Around Vasai Fort

  1. Explore the culturally rich Vasai Fort and revel in the bygone history and architecture.
  2. Carry your camera as it is one of the most scenic spots in the region and try some photography yourself.
  3. Visit the Gorai Beach which is situated in close vicinity to the fort.
  4. Visit the Vajreshwar Temple and offer prayers.

Tips

  1. Carry food and drinks with you as there are hardly any shops in close vicinity to the fort.
  2. Remember to use sunblock moisturiser and/or carry a hat and sunglasses to protect yourself from the heat of the scorching sun.
  3. Wear comfortable footwear, preferable shoes or flats as you might have to walk a bit.
  4. Do not litter or throw leftover food at the fort. Maintain the cleanliness and help preserve the age old heritage monument.
  5. Do not scribble on the walls or indulge in any kind of graffiti.
  6. There are no guides available so read and research about the place beforehand.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit the Vasai Fort is during the monsoons. Apart from the pleasant climate and temperature, the river is also brimfull and you can enjoy a wonderful view of the surrounding lush green scenery from the top of the fort.

How to Reach

The fort is situated near Bassein Beach in Mumbai and the nearest railway station to it is Vasai. You can take a Western Railway Train or Central Railway Train bound from Churchgate, Dadar or Andheri. To the west of the Vasai railway station, there is a State Road Transport Bus Terminus & Station where you can easily find local buses that can take you to the fort. These buses operate every half an hour and are headed towards "Killa Bunder" or "Fort Jetty/Quay". The nominal ticket charge is INR 15- INR 20. Alternatively, there are also auto-rickshaws and cabs available at the bus stop.

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