Bassein fort


The Bassein Fort is the Sea fort in Vasai Road, which is a suburb towards north of Mumbai. Vasai Road is the third last station on the western railway towards Virar. It falls in Thane District on the mainland just north of the Bombay archipelago. It was established by the Portuguese as the headquarters of their Indian operations in 1534 and centre of their operations until 1739. With this as the main base, they built other smaller forts such as the Castella de Aguada, and strong houses in many of the islands in what is now Pakistan.

Despite the fort is so old and in the condition of ageing, there are many remains, which are still livens the wonderful architecture of the olden days. Three chapels inside the fort are in the condition, which can be easily recognized. They have facades typical of 17th century Portuguese churches. The southernmost of these has a well-preserved barrel vaulted ceiling. Many of the watchtowers still stand so strong, with secure staircases.

Location info:

Address: Vasai,Mumbai Suburb,Maharashtra,India.
District: Thane.
Nearest City: Mumbai
Best time to visit: Oct to March.


Climate of Mumbai is warm and humid.


Interesting things to do:

Visit the Chinchoti waterfalls located to the east of Vasai are a popular picnic spot for the young crowds from Mumbai City. In the center of the thick forest is this waterfall, which flows continuously from June to October. The waterfall is about 100ft. high and 20ft. broad. Tourists visit this place to enjoy the falls. This wonderful waterfall makes a great monsoon getaway. But on weekends it might seem as though the entire population of Mumbai is here.

There are lots of beaches in vasai like,
* Gaulwada/Bhaskarali Beach
* Mercis Beach
* Raangaon Beach
* Kalamb Beach
* Rajodi Beach
* Arnala Beach

Interesting things to Visit:

Vasai Fort:
Bassein Fort also known, as Vasai Fort is an important sea fort located in Bassein, present day Vasai, at about 55-km away from Mumbai. Built by Bahadur Shah, Sultan of Gujarat, it was initially one of a chain of forts intended to guard the coast against the Portuguese and the pirates.

Aagashi Jain Mandir:
About 5-km from Virar, there is a 400 years old ancient Parshwanath Temple. During "Kartik Poornima" every year, a very big festival is organized at this temple, which is visited by large number of devotees. Food and accommodation facilities are made available to those who visit this place. The saints in the assembly hall of the temple conduct a religious lecture.

Arnala Fort:
Arnala fort was built on Arnala Island, approximately 8 miles North of Vasai. It is surrounded on all sides by water and so is also known as "Jaldurg" or "Janjire Arnala".

Holy Chirst Church:
On the hill beside the town of Mahabaleshwar stands the Holy Christ church. This church was built in 1842, is a place worth visiting. With its beautiful stained glass window still intact, the squatters now occupying the church will happily allow you in for a peek.

Jiwadani" means "Goddess of Life". The mountain on which the temple is situated is known as "Mount Jiwadani". It takes about half an hour from Virar and about 40 to 45 minutes to walk over the mountain to have "Darshan" of Goddess Jiwadani.

Vajreshwari is a small village about 31-km from Vasai and 85-km from Mumbai City. Vajreshwari is named after the goddess Vajreshwari whose temple has historical importance. This temple looks like an ancient fort. The idol of the goddess is very impressive and is being worshipped for last few centuries. After the Victory of Vasai Fort, Chimaji Appa, the younger brother of Bajirao Peshwa built this Temple besides the Mandakini Mountain, which was formed as a result of a volcanic eruption. That is the reasons why there are number of hot water streams near this place. In fact, some of the hot springs here are hottest in Asia.

Mobile range info:

How to reach?

Nearest Railway Station: Vasai Railway Station.
Nearest Airport: Mumbai Internatinal Airport.
Road Transport: Vasai being an important tourist place is well connected by road with all the places in Maharashtra. MTDC and Maharashtra State service ply buses from almost all the important places.

Nearest Visiting places:

Matheran, 70 kms from Thane, is a hill station of natural beauty and pollution free environment. It is situated 750m up in the Sahyadri Ranges of the Western Ghats. Matheran is a 11 km hike by road from Neral and accessible from the foothills by a toy train. There are fine views from the top. Best season is November-February and April-June.

Tansa wildlife sanctuary:
This sanctuary is located 90km from Mumbai in Thane district. The sanctuary with an area of about 320sq.kms has around 54 species of animals and 200 species of birds in the sanctuary. Major wild animals are Panther, Barking deer, Mouse deer, Hyena, Wild boar etc. Tansa Lake flows through the sanctuary. Best time to visit is November -May.

Lonavla and Khandala:
Lonavla and Khandala are two hill resorts 5kms apart at an altitude of around 600m in the western ghats. Khandala is a quite village overlooking a picturesque ravine and surrounded by wet season waterfalls. Located 106km from Mumbai, on the Mumbai-Pune railway line, Lonavla is a good base to visit the Karla and Bhaja caves and also the Rajmachi, Lohagen and Visapur Forts nearby. Karla and Bhaja are rock-cut-caves which are among the oldest and finest examples of Hinayana Buddhists rock temple art in India. The Walwan Dam at Lonavla was built in 1915 to supply hydroelectric power to Mumbai's textile mills. Best time to visit is during the monsoon.

Kashi Mira:
Kashi and Mira are two villages in Thane Taluka located close to each other. The surroundings of the two villages abound in natural beauty and scenery. Just after leaving the check-post at Dahisar is an open surface with the backdrop of hills with zigzag paths leading up the hills. And it is this flushy background that has given these two villages the name "Kashimira".

Jawhar Palace:
It is called the "Mahabaleshwar of Thane District", when compared in beauty and climate. And places to see are the majestic Dadara Kopra Falls, Jai Vilas, the palace of the tribal kings, the Hanuman and Sunset Points and the enthralling Shirpamal, where Shivaji chose to camp on his way to Surat. Jawhar also offers you the unique opportunity to expose and enlighten yourself with the tribal way of life especially with the Warli paintings.

Suddhagad Fort:
Sudhagadh Fort is located near Pali- a famous pilgrimage center in Maharashtra. It is one of the rarely visited forts in Konkan region. The fort is one among those forts, which are still in good condition. It can be covered during a trip to Pali and Mahad in Ashtavinayak.

Nearest Petrol Pump:

Available in the nearby town.


Sharda International Hotel
Naupada W,Near Malhar Cinema, Thane, Mumbai, 400602

Hotel Satkar
Mohan Mahal,L B S Marg, Thane, Mumbai, 400602

Hotel Sharanam
Eastern Express Highway,Near R T O,
Opposite Ramkrishna Nagar, Thane West, Mumbai, 400604

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Help Line/Phone Number:

Police Station: 100

Nearest Hospital:

Ravi Hospital
Thane, Maharashtra

Golden Park Hospital
Thane, Maharashtra

Society/Community Phone Number