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Ghodbunder Fort, Thane Overview

One of the oldest and most famous forts is the Ghodbunder Fort constructed around the 16th century AD. The place derives its name from two words- Ghod meaning horses and bunder meaning Fort. The fort derived this name because it was initially used by the Portuguese to trade their horses with the Arabs. Though in its ruins, Ghodbunder Fort has been a massive tourist attraction in Thane, Maharashtra and is therefore maintained by the archaeological survey of India.

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Main Attractions of the Fort

Though most of the fort is in its ruins, it has managed to stand, sustaining years of different annexation and centuries of natural upheavals. The fort consists of a Portuguese church built in the early 16th century AD which although dilapidated is a significant source of tourist attraction. There are also several mansions and rooms which throw light on the magnificent Maratha rule. Apart from that, the Fort also has a bastion on top. The halls with massive pillars and a door without locks and hinges that can be opened through sliding are one of the top two attractions of this fort.

History of Ghodbunder Fort

Ghodbunder fort has always been a place of dispute among the Portuguese and Marathas. This fort was first constructed under the Portuguese when they started annexing the hilly terrain of Maharashtra, and the construction was completed around the late 16th century AD. The fort was protected from being annexed by the Portuguese under the reign of Shivaji which was however later annexed by Chinmaji Appa during the annexation of Vasai Fort. According to historical sources, around 250 Portuguese soldiers were killed, and seven ships were captured during the annexation of the two forts. Ever since it went under the Maratha control, there were several fortifications and constructions made, especially under the reign of Sambhaji. The Ghodbunder fort was yet again annexed by the British in 1737 AD where they had set up the East India headquarters to administer the West of India.

How To Reach Ghodbunder Fort

Located on one of the hills near Ullas river, Ghodbunder Fort is one of the major historical tourist attractions in Maharashtra. Ghodbander fort is on the Ghodbander Road in Ghodbunder village, located at a distance of 24.4 km from thane railway station. One can take the Thane Borivli route from thane to reach the fort. The easiest way to reach is by taking buses like 700 or 702 which take passengers to the Ghorbander junction from Thane.

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