I am Vasai Fort – a fort of national pride and importance that is protected by the Archaeological Survey of India. I am just 48 km north of Mumbai across the Ulhas River. Vasai is my Marathi name and I was earlier called by the name Bassein fort.
I was built Gujarat King Bahadur Shah. However, soon I was to become the apple of Portuguese’ eyes as they took control over me in order to expand their naval power. They constructed a citadel inside me, which is called Balekilla.
They also built strong ramparts and other structures inside me. I was later taken over by the Marathas. However, the British ultimately managed to procure me from the Marathas in 1817 A.D.
I am known for my robust structure. My stonewall is 4.5 km long and has 11 bastions. Another feature of mine, which attracts the visitors outright, is a small citadel inside me. I have several water tanks, armory, and storehouse. There are three chapels inside me, which have structures like Portuguese churches.
Apart from this, there are many watchtowers, which adorn me. They have strong and secure staircases as well. There are two access doors to me, known by the name of ‘Porta do Mar’ and ‘Porta da Terra.’ The gateways to me are decorative and inscribed with Portuguese graves. I have a lot of mango trees and palms around me. This further enhances my beauty.
I amass attention of everyone due to my location. I am surrounded by water from three sides. This looks attractive and charming. Most of the tourists come here to see the astonishing views from me, and many Indian movies have been shot in my pristine landscapes. This is just an example to highlight that how much appeal I have on others.