Before it became the center of the film industry, Mumbai was the seat of the Maratha dynasty. Surrounded by the Sahyadri mountains, the Marathas constructed many forts in the area that speak volumes about their valor, defensive strategy, and musicians. Any of these magnificent structures are among the city’s main tourism attractions.
So, for a beautiful day out, check out these beautiful forts in Mumbai and around.
Castella de Aguada, also known as the Bandra Fort, is located in the Bandra post suburbs, which are home to many prominent Bollywood celebrities. The fort is now partly in ruins, but that hasn’t prevented visitors from visiting the region. The Portuguese built the fort in 1640 to act as their watch post.
The Bombay Castle
Bombay Castle, also known as Casa da Orta, is one of Mumbai’s oldest defensive buildings. The British constructed the castle on the same location where a Portuguese nobleman, Garcia de Orta, had constructed the Manor House. Orta rented the property from the King of Portugal between 1554 and 1570. Gerald Aungier, the first Governor of Bombay, used to dwell in the castle.
The Worli Fort, founded by the British about 1675, overlooks Mahim Bay. Mumbai was a region made up of seven islands at the time. This lesser-known historic fort in Mumbai is located in Worli Village, a tiny fishing village. The fort can be reached through a series of short, winding streets. Within the tower, there is a tiny well and a mosque, and there are rock cannons on the fort’s perimeter.
The British built the Sewri Fort in Mumbai as a watchtower in 1680. It was constructed when the Portuguese were still in Mumbai. This fort, which overlooks Mumbai Harbour, now has narrow inner entrances. People will appreciate breath-taking views of the harbour from atop the castle, which serves as a reminder of the country’s British history.
The Sion Fort in Mumbai is near the Sion railway station. The Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Udyan garden is located at the fort’s foundation. To get to the fort, take the flight of stairs; it should take about 10 minutes to get to the top of the fort from the stairs.
You’ll see a pair of abandoned rooms and an ancient canon until you arrive. The wide open salt pans can be seen from one side of the fort, and a few houses and factories can be seen from the other. One of the most beautiful forts to tour in Mumbai.
Fort Bassein (Vasai Fort)
Fort Bassein, located a little outside of Mumbai in Vasai district, served as a significant vantage point for the Portuguese. The fort is now in ruins, but it still draws tourists.
Although the fort is very big, there are just a few items worth seeing within the fort’s ruins. Citadels, lovely inscriptions on the walls, and the magnificent arch at the entrance decorated vestiges are all noteworthy places here. The Cathedral of St. Joseph is next to the castle. Vasai Fort is a must-see on every list of forts in the Mumbai region.
So that’s about it. If you are a historical place lover then you know your places to cover in your travel checklist. Let me know about your experience in you have visited any of these places personally. I would love to hear from you.
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