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Discover, explore and understand the significance of this ancient city fort on Swadesees latest experience with local historian, Mr. Pascal R Lopes.
About Vasai fort:
One of the largest forts in the Mumbai Metropolitan region, Vasai Fort is not just an oasis of green in a space starved city, it is a site of immense historical importance. The events that took place here have a very direct impact on every Mumbaikars life. Spread over 110 acres today, this fort is less than an hour away from Mumbai, but will take you hundreds of years back into time.
About our local expert:
The walk will be led by local residents of Vasai and has been curated by Pascal Lopes. A highly-regarded historian, he holds a masters degree in Numismatics & Archeology from the University of Mumbai and has profound knowledge of medieval Indian history, as he researches for his PHD around the Portuguese and Maratha Era using ancient coins. Often quoted in the media for his views and his research, he is also currently writing a book about ancient Indian history.
About the experience:
Over the course of 3 hours, we will physical visit most of forts ruins and structures, at the same time being transported back into time as learn about the different kingdoms that controlled the fort over different eras and their impact on modern Indian history and culture. On this interactive experience with Mr. Lopes, we will learn about the various battles that took place here and the treaties that were consequently signed.
We will be also treated to great views of the forts structures, its surroundings and the skyline of Mumbai from across the creek. If time permits, we will also visit a secret tunnel that runs beneath the fort.
As we keep small group sizes, our experiences tend to sell out soon. Please book right away to avoid disappointment.
Meeting point: Statue of Chimaji Appa, at the center of the fort at 3:15 pm. As with all Swadesee experiences, we are rather punctual and will start the tour by 3:30 pm sharp.
How to reach Vasai Fort:
1. By public transport (recommended) Take a train to Vasai Road, get out at Vasai West and then catch a bus or take a rickshaw to Vasai Fort. 2. By private car Please follow the above link on Google Maps. Ample parking is available for free inside the fort. Approximate taken from Bandra (BKC) is around 1:15-1:30 hours.
Wear comfortable clothes and shoes as we will walk 2-3 km inside the fort A bottle of water (non-disposable bottles preferred) Cap and sunglasses Camera (optional) Curiosity (compulsory!)
Please note that breakfast is not included, however we shall be stopping for a short tea/coffee break around 9:30 am, where one can order tea/coffee and some snacks as per their own discretion.