Mumbai is one of the best locations that is known for its varied ranges of beaches, malls, restaurants, resorts and most importantly forts. Mumbai has beautiful forts around the city increasing its value as a convenient tourist attraction. Let us take a look at these forts in and around Mumbai.
Castella de Aguada (Bandra Fort)
This fort is located within the city limits. In the suburb of Bandra lies Castella de Aguada, an old fort that now partially lies in ruins. Another name for this fort is the Bandra fort. History states that it was built by the Portuguese in the year 1640 and served as their watchtower for many years.
Today, the fort is frequented by locals who come here to relax and spend romantic moments with their better halves. The fort offers a panoramic view of the Arabian Sea and the neighbouring Bandra-Worli Sea Link. Several Bollywood movies were shot here. There have been many films shot here making it an attractive tourist spot as well.
The Sion Fort
The Sion Fort in Mumbai is located close to the Sion railway station. At the base of the fort lies a beautiful garden known as Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Udyan. To get to the fort, one has to take the flight of stairs, it should take approximately around ten minutes to reach the top of the fort from the stairs.
Once you reach the place, you will spot a couple of ruined rooms and an old canon. From one side of the fort, you can see the vast open salt pans and on the other a few buildings and factories. One of the most magnificent forts in Mumbai is go to place for tourists.
This fort is located at the highest point of Thane district. There are a number of open caves and a beautiful Shiva Temple. The fort is mostly in ruins now. The fort was once under the Kingship of Shahaji Rane.
This fort bears the name of Iron Fort because of its durability and strength. The fort has stood strong despite various calamities and wars. From the peak of the fort, one can enjoy splendid views of Karla and Pawna lakes. The highlight here is the Vinchu Kata (Scorpion’s Tail) fortification that is located a little away from the main section of the fort. To get to the fort, one has to walk up the steps of the fort.
These are some of the lesser known yet interesting forts for sightseeing in and around Mumbai. If you are thinking of visiting Mumbai anytime soon these forts are a must visit for all the travel enthusiast and bloggers as well if you are looking for forts with historical importance as well.