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Bandra Fort (Mumbai)

The Bandra fort is one of the Portuguese forts from Mumbai. This fort is at the Land's End in Bandra, and currently, we can see just the foundation of the fort. People visit this place to spend evenings with friends and family, enjoy sunsets and snacks. Bandra fort provides scenic views of the Arabian sea, river Mahim and the Bandra-Worli Sealink road at the same time. It is in the vicinity of various medieval East-Indian Villages near the locale. The local guide provides a tour of these villages through which we can get an experience of their cultures.

Mumbai is made up of 7 islands, and was separated from main land due to Mahim creek. This was an important trade route, and the Mahim fort was built to safeguard it. The Portuguese built Bandra fort near today’s Bandra reclamation (formerly a part of Sashti or Salsette island) to make this region more safe.

 This fort is conserved to some extent by the Archeology department, and has a garden inside created by “Bandra Land & Garden Society”. The main entrance has a stone inscription in Portuguese. From the second entrance there are stairs to climb up. The fort has no other remnants

 

Districts/Region

Mumbai suburban district, Maharashtra, India.

History

Portuguese were the first Europeans to establish their rule on the soil of India. Mumbai was part of their Northern province, and they built several forts for administrative and surveillance purposes. The Portuguese built this fort in 1640 as a surveillance station on Mahim bay in the South, the Arabian Sea in the West and the Northern Sea Route for Mumbai. It also had seven cannons for its safety. A freshwater estuary was here that was used for consumable water for the passing boats.  Because of this, the fort got its name 'Palace de Aguada'. Its strategic significance was marked in 1661 when the Portuguese gave the Land of Seven Islands as an endowment to the British. After the ascent of Maratha Power at Bandra in the eighteenth century, this fort was a threat to the British for shielding their region in Mumbai. The fort was won by the Marathas in 1739 CE and was with them until 1774. Though the British had lost the war, they figured out how to enter the fort and took it over from Marathas. Around 1830, the Britishers had given different parts of the Salsette Island to a Parsi philanthropist Byramjee Jeejeebhoy. Jeejeebhoy raised his home on a similar hill on which the fort is located and the cape was later even renamed as Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Point. The fort is now owned by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and after the makeover of the fort, the preservation of natural rock formations has been done and pathways were constructed.

Geography

Bandra Fort is located near the area of Carter Road and Pali Hill in the city of Mumbai.

Weather/Climate

The prominent weather in the region is rainfall, the Konkan belt experiences High Rainfall (ranges around 2500 mm to 4500 mm), and the climate remains Humid and warm.
 The temperature reaches up to 30 degrees Celsius during this season. Summers are hot and humid, and the temperature touches 40 degrees Celsius. 
Winters is the comparatively milder climate (around 28 degrees Celsius), and the weather remains Cool and Dry

Things to do

●    One can view the scenic beauty of the sea.
●    Viewing the Bandra-Worli Sealink.
●    One can also see the Worli Fort clearly from here.

Nearest tourist places

●    Mahalakshmi Temple - 14.6 KM
●    Haji Ali Dargah - 13.5 KM
●    Shree Siddhivinayak Temple - 8 KM
●    Worli Fort - 9.4 KM
●    Mount Mary Church - 0.8 KM
●    Mahim Fort - 4.7 KM
●    Mount Mary Church (1 KM)

Special food speciality and hotel

English delicacies like pies, pastries, cakes, stews are served over here at various cafes around here.
Various Street Food Joints are available.

Accommodation facilities nearby & Hotel/ Hospital/Post Office/Police station

Many hotels and restaurants are nearby.
Bandra Police Station is the nearest police station at a distance of 3.5 KM.
Lilavati Hospital is the closest hospital at a distance of 2.2 KM.
The closest post office is the Bandra Post Office at a distance of 2.6 KM.

Visiting Rule and Time, Best month to visit

The fort is accessible throughout the year and has no entrance fees.
The visiting hours are 6:00 A.M to 6:30 P.M.

Language spoken in area 

English, Hindi, Marathi.