Vasai Fort – The Portuguese Heritage

09 Sep

The Bassein Fort or Vasai Fort is standing as a guard over the Arabian Sea. Located in Vasai village of the Thane district in Maharashtra, it overlooks the Bassein Beach that flourished as a popular tourist destination and was once an important ship building site. The wide beach coastline of Bassein resemble to that of the Goa. The Portuguese had a stronghold till 1739 and after that it was taken over by the Marathas. Many Temples and Churches are there that have unfolded glory, even now they look glamorous. It is an ideal place to relax after a long work schedule.

Bassein Fort’s Facade

Presently, barricading all round the fort is almost complete. Many watch towers still stand there with safe staircases that leading up. Inside Vasai Fort, there are many Portuguese buildings that are in ruins. Some buildings have well-preserved facades. In particular, many of the arches have withstood over the years and remarkably well. Usually, they are decorated with carved stones, some resist beyond recognition, while others still showing sharp chisel marks.

Entrance of Vasai Fort

Three shrines inside the fort are still noticeable. They have large facades typical of 17th-century churches of the Portuguese times. The southernmost of these shrines, there has a well preserved barrel-vaulted ceiling. All the shrines are superbly designed.

The Courtyard of the Church inside Vasai Fort

Many Bollywood movies like Josh, Khamoshi and Ram Gopal Verma’s Aag have been shot here. Besides all the structures, one should not miss observing the beautiful nature, placid climate and cool breeze. Also watch the activities of natural animals like butterflies, birds, plants and reptiles.

African Hoopoe near the fort

The Archaeological Survey of India has started renovation work of the fort, although the quality of the work has been severely denounced by “conservation activists”. It is said that the fort has a bad reputation for illegal activities and due to which it is not advisable for tourists or women to visit it during the weekends.



28 responses to “Vasai Fort – The Portuguese Heritage

  1. Harsha

    September 9, 2013 at 6:05 am

    They look really glorious and it is better that Archaeological Survey of India is renovating it because such places needed to be preserved..

  2. Merisi in Vienna

    September 9, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Gorgeous sites, beautiful images!
    Happy Skywatch,

  3. Alison

    September 9, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Hello Swati, nice to meet you. I’ve been travelling around your blog. What a wealth of information it is, and such beautiful photos. I wish I’d known about it before we went to India.
    Thank you for visiting our blog and for the “like” on the Capture the Colour post.

  4. arjun bagga

    September 9, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Nicely done article and images. In Bollywood it’s popular as Ram Gopal Verma fort :))

  5. bnomadic

    September 9, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Beautiful images. Especially the first one. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Praveen

    September 9, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    Nice to know that ASI has started renovation on such heritage site. I hope the illegal activities are curbed & it becomes accessible for women & tourists.

  7. Rajesh

    September 10, 2013 at 7:46 am

    This fort is definitely interesting. I will surely visit this place.

  8. thehappyhugger

    September 10, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Those pictures are so beautiful!

  9. Boom & Gary

    September 10, 2013 at 12:06 pm

    Fascinating post!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  10. Swati Singh

    September 10, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Thank you all for such lovely comments

  11. adinparadise

    September 10, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    I love looking around these old places. Great photos. 🙂


    September 10, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Your photographs are beautiful!!!

  13. djmrakiey

    September 10, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Great images… splendor of the “old” thanks for sharing and for stopping by …

  14. Molly

    September 10, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    Oh my this place looks amazing!


  15. uma

    September 10, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Lovely photographs! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  16. Electra

    September 11, 2013 at 3:04 am

    These are spectacular images of things I will never see in person. Thank you!

  17. Gemma Wiseman

    September 11, 2013 at 10:17 am

    Thanks for stopping by Scenic Weekends. We would appreciate your putting a link to our site on your post. The scenery is appropriate for our site. Thanks again.

  18. Team G Square

    September 11, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Nice ! The fort entrance looks glorious.

  19. duke

    September 11, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    A pretty amazing place, very nice set !

  20. Jane Wright

    September 12, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Beautiful photos.

  21. maureenjenner

    September 13, 2013 at 8:19 am

    Your pictures and blog make the geography and history, and nature lessons very enjoyable. The more so as I don’t have to leave my desk to travel to the venue. Thank you for sharing your corner of the world with us.

    • Swati Singh

      September 13, 2013 at 8:22 am

      Thanks for the visit

      • maureenjenner

        September 13, 2013 at 8:29 am

        You made it a real pleasure.

  22. Kumu

    September 19, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Swati, thanks for stopping by my page , I am so glad to have bumped into your page. You have such beautiful captures and it’s so nice to read something this nice about our country 🙂

  23. duke

    March 6, 2014 at 9:17 am

    Stunning images, great job !


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