Vasai, also called Bassein, lies about 45 kms of Palghar City. it is located in Vasai taluka. The fort in the old city was headquarter of the Portuguese in the north, next in importance to Goa. The coastal land-fort of Vasai was surrounded by sea on three sides and to the landslide it had a moat which was filled by sea-water. its 4.5 kms long strong stone wall had 11 bastions. The fort had two gates- the westward land-gate. There was also a small citadel in the fort well-equipped with water-tanks, store-houses, armory, etc., the fort also had fields for growing grains and vegetables. All the old structures inside the wall are now in ruins.
Vasai was the main naval base and sort of ship-building centre of the Portuguese. it was here in 1802 AD, the Peshwa Bajirav signed the infamous ‘Treaty of Bassein’ which virtually dissolved the Maratha Confederacy. Finally, the fort and the city of Vasai were ceded to the British in 1817 AD.
How to Reach:
The nearest International Airport is Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai, roughly two hour drive from Vasai. It is well connected to a spectrum of cities in the country such as Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Ahmedabad, Aurangabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Delhi, Goa, Gwalior, Jaipur, Jamnagar, Hyderabad, Indore and Jodhpur through Air India, Air France, Air China, Air Arabia and Air India Express
vasai is about 77 kilometres away from the heart of Mumbai and it takes about 1.30 hour to reach the destination by car. The nearest railway station is at Vasai, anyone can reach the fort by taking a train up to Virar Railway Station from Churchgate. From here, hire auto-rickshaw or taxi to reach the fort.
vasai is about 77 kilometres away from the heart of Mumbai and it takes about 1.30 hour to reach the destination by car. Adjacent to Virar Terminus, there is a bus depot from where tourists can take a bus to the fort.