Vasai Fort Overview

Ranked 46 of 769 sightseeing in Mumbai

Vasai Fort, also known as the Bassein Fort, is located on the Vasai road in the suburbs of North Mumbai. Earlier used to build ships, this fort was taken over by Portuguese in 1534, who established their headquarters here for operations in India until 1739. In the 18th century, the fort was raided and overtaken by the Maratha army under Chimaji Appa. They stood strong for 3 long years, until losing the fort to the British.

Once a strategic place on the Western coast of India, this fort has now mostly turned into ruins. There are three chapels built inside the fort that are still recognisable. The southernmost chapel has a well-preserved barrel vaulted ceiling and the walls are covered with tree roots and palm groves. Vasai Fort has also been used as a set for a number of Bollywood movies like Khamoshi, Josh and Ram Gopal Verma ki Aag.

Tourists can reach this place by taking a train up to Virar Railway Station from Churchgate. Located adjacent to Virar Terminus is a bus depot from where tourists can take a bus to the fort that run, every half an hour.

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Mayuri Kubal

Mayuri Kubal3.6/5

36 reviews

Historical place with some archaelogical remains

This fort is of the Portuguese times. The remains are an evidence that this fort was one of the best of that times. The best time to visit is in rainy season when the place is covered with greenery. Its advisable to visit in group as the place may be lonely.

Shubham Kedare

Shubham Kedare5.0/5

1 review

Best place in Vasai

Good sightseeing for tourist. Greenery place and open space for having fun with family or friends. Good historical knowledge and can click pics as cameras are allowed inside the fort. There is no entry charge.

Hardik Patil

Hardik Patil4.3/5

5 reviews

Very calm place to get relaxed

Nearby from Mumbai, buses are available from Vasai station. Nice structure which resemble western cultures especially Portuguese architecture. Govt authorities need to improve some facilities and need to maintain regularly.
  • Very calm place to get relaxed
  • Very calm place to get relaxed
  • Very calm place to get relaxed
  • Very calm place to get relaxed

Bhushan Gawade

Bhushan Gawade3.6/5

1 review

Vasai Killa- The beauty in architecture

Vasai Fort is a famous destination to visit around Mumbai. It is moderately maintained structure. I'd may have lost its past glory but it's still a sight to admire. There are no restrictions on use is camera. Click till you drop also it's closeness to the sea is an bonus site. Guided tours are available, the fort is vast so 1-2 hrs are required to fully enjoy it.

Kishor Salian

Kishor Salian2.9/5

3 reviews

Government should take care

Local government should take care of the place, already government building are built inside the fort. Within next 20 years fort will be dead. Save our heritage for future.

Khan Usman

Khan Usman2.1/5

2 reviews

Boring place with no proper arrangement by Govt

No proper arrangement by Govt. No food or water facility. Not so safe for women's. The villages aroun are also not good. Very cheap crowd. The building by the way is epic, so heartening the view is. The place is also good for photo shooting. You can have some good clicks.

Ronit Nadar

Ronit Nadar3.6/5

5 reviews

Birds eye view of the Vasai dock and the sea

Vasai fort is a great place to watch on your visit to Vasai. It's generally called Chimaji Appa fort and you can see a statue of him on the adjacent garden. The fort covers very big areas. Many places to climb on the watch tower over there gives a birds eye view of the Vasai dock and the sea which is beautiful. There is also a small temple inside. You can spend some time at docks and the Suruchi beach which is nearby from the fort.

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Ramesh Kabra

Ramesh Kabra4.6/5

20 reviews

A fort steeped in history & legend

There are places & monuments around Mumbai steeped in history & legend. All you need is interest in exploration & a discerning eye. Our guides to go off the beaten track took me & my son to the Vasai Fort and we came back pretty impressed with what we saw & experienced. We took a fast local from Andheri and after 40 mins ride got down at Vasai road station which is just before Virar. The fort is about 9 Kms from the station and it took us another 20 mins by auto. As we approached the fort we started getting the feeling of being in South Goa. The similarity is striking because this fort & area around this place was under the control of the Portuguese for almost 2 centuries. The Vasai or Bassein Fort during the reign of the Portuguese was known as 'Fortaleza de Sao Sebastiao de Becaim' or the Fort of St. Sebastian of Vasai.It is today under the care of Archaeological Survey of India and they seem to be doing a fairly decent job of conserving the remnants of this Fort though they could have done a much better job to preserve the aesthetics. We were lucky to meet Sunil Kadam who is an employee of ASI and he became our guide during our trek around the fort for the next 2 hrs or so. It was interesting to know about its history.It is believed that Vasai was a port & a rich trading centre under the control of the Sultans of Gujarat. They were waging wars with the Rajputs and Mughals in the 16th century and so entered into a treaty with the Portuguese who had by then established their control over Goa & Konkan region. Under this treaty Vasai was given to the Portuguese who established a very large citadel here as it gave them control over the Arabian Sea. It became a naval & shipbuilding centre. The Fort had a circumference of 4. 5 Kms and is believed to have a township housing 2000 Portuguese nobles & 60000 Indian Christians. They built Cathedral, Churches, Convents, Town halls, Watch towers within the Fort area. For the next 2 centuries it prospered and became a very rich trading centre. In 1739 the fort was taken over by Marathas after waging a war for 3 years under the leadership of Chimnaji who was the brother of Peshwa Baji Rao. Later the Fort came under the control of the Britishers.Much of the Fort spread over an area of more than 120 acres is in ruins today but what remains gives a fairly good glimpse of its grandeur in its hey days. The trek around the Fort is through thick foliage. There are towers which can be climbed thru spiral staircase and offers the visitor a panoramic view of the Vasai Creek. The Church entrances have ornate embellishments and reminds you of the old churches of Goa. Many Bollywood movies have been shot here & today also preparation were afloat for a Marathi movie shoot. Excellent place for a half day trip from Mumbai. Those who love trekking, history & archaeology will simply love this place.

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Nishitha K n

Nishitha K n4.3/5

522 reviews

Great architecture

Vasai Fort is located in a very small village called Vasai in Mumbai. The fort is really huge and beautiful. I have some wonderful memories attached!

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