Vasai Fort

Vasai Fort City Heritage Walk

Events

When: Sunday, 2nd October 2016

Time: 09:30 AM to 12:30 PM

RSVPVasai Fort City Heritage Walk Facebook Event

Details

An Half day event were, Group interested in Numismatics, Archaeology and History will walk around talking about stories related to the History of Vasai Fort. Pascal Roque Lopes who is a Masters in Numismatics & Archaeology and Researches around the Indo – Portuguese Maratha History will lead the group.

Pascal will guide the walk has his Articles on the Vasai Fort published in Maharashtra Unlimited which is a Maharashtra Tourism Department Magazine. And has conducted this event For Global and Local participants.

Review for the Fort Visit can also be read at About India Travel site Go India Vasai Fort Tour

More details are available on Window Of History

Vasai was initially occupied by the Bongle Raja in 1414 and then by the Bhadur Shah of Gujrat in 1530. Vasai fort city built by the Portuguese occupies 110 archers excluding villages around, in the 16th century there were 2400 soldiers, 300
Horses and 3000 residents, Knights, members of the Royal Family and artisans in the fort city. City because it has a church, hotel, hospital, granary, collage, chapel, library, Municipality, Townhall, Market, The increased trade and monetisation resulted in opening of a coin mint, literature was written in dnyaneshwari Marathi, it had an orphanage, a common bath pool, a court and Jail. International travellers got attracted and were able to travel to the sea port. Saint Francis Xavier whose body is in the Bom Jesus church’s in Goa visited the Vasai City Trice. It was finally take over by the Marathas in 1739. Later by the British after signing a treaty in 1802. ASI took control of the Monument using the Ancient Monument and Preservation Act, 1904.

Schedule

  1. We will gather and assemble at the Vasai Fort , Near the Chimaji Appa statue 9 am to 9:15 am
  2. We will try to do a quick round up of one line to introduce yourself typically Name, Profession and why you are interested in the fort.
  3. Will introduce myself Pascal Lopes; explain the usage of the document we will use across the walk. And how you can use it for a self tour later.
  4. We will Target to begin the walk at 9:45 am
  5. We can take a Snacks / Tea break around 10:45
  6. Continue with the walk
  7. Wrap-up and closure 12:30 , with a buffer of 30 mins so Max 1:00 pm

Things good to have and wear

  1. Preferred a comfortable T-shirt , Sports Shoes, Tracks or comforting jeans
    ** That’s preferred for your comfort, you can come in whatever you are comfortable with
  2. Cap is a must. Sunglass if they help you
  3. Bottle of water ensure it does not make you feel loaded to carry around, sipping from a Half Liter bottle works.
  4. Sandwiches, and Snacks to ensure you don’t feel hungry, please maintain cleanliness.
  5. Torch sometimes needed, even the mobile torch works.
  6. In case you plan to write a page and pen
  7. Camera if Photography is your interest
    1. If you post photos on Face Book clearly mention if you don’t want other to use it, specify the copyright there. Most preferred if you don’t want people to use it put a copyright on the snap itself, so when they share you get the credit.
    2. If you are using photographs clicked by other person most appropriate directly share it, or ensure proper credit is given. Please don’t crop and use the photographs.
  8. A document related to the fort will be provided for your reference.
    The Heritage walk is a Service and no charges are taken it is to promote the Interest in the Vasai Fort.

Mode to Travel

  • If you are driving take the Western Express Highway diverge at the Vasai and follow the direction for the fort, Its Vasai West , in Vasai Gaon , Killabandar.
  • If you are taking train Vasai comes after Borivali, Dahisar, Mira Road, Bhayandar, Cross the Vasai Creek Bridge (See if you can spot the fort), Naigaon, Vasai Road Station
  • Get down near the bus depot
  • You can see Yellow colored Vasai Virar Mahanagarpalika buses take one coming to Killabandar
  • You can also take a Rikshaw everyone knows Vasai fort.

Documentary On Vasai Tourism

News

The Vasai-Virar Mahanagar Palika has created a documentary on Tourism in Vasai. This 40 minute documentary is written by Sanjay Parab and voiced by Makrand Anaspure and Sheetal Kale. It was commissioned on the 27th of December 2013 with an initial budget of Rs. 9,50,000.

The documentary explores the various places in Vasai such as Vasai Fort, Arnala Fort, the beaches in Vasai, Jivdani Temple, St. Gonsalo Garcia Church, Vajreshwari Mandir, Tungareshwar, Kaman Fort, Vagholi Shani Mandir, Nirmal Shankaracharya Mandir, Giriz Hira Dongri Dutta Mandir, Sopara Buddha Stupas and other places were captured in the video.

150 years of St. Gonsalo Garcia

Events, News

Catholics are getting ready for year-long programmes to commemorate the life of St Gonsalo Garcia, the first saint from India.

“We observed three days of spiritual reflections and a solemn high mass was held on Friday evening to commemorate 150 years of his elevation to sainthood,” said Vasai archbishop Felix Machado.

St Gonsalo was born in 1557 during the Portuguese colonial rule in Vasai and passed away in Japan in 1597.

According to some accounts, St Gonsalo was born in Gass village when the Portuguese held sway over Vasai (which was then called Bassein). Local historian Prof Regin D’Silva, who was collecting information in the Lisbon archives for his doctoral dissertation ‘Bassein under the Portuguese’, found documents describing St Gonsalo as ‘natural de Agacaim’, meaning born in the village of Agashi of Bassein.

Some claim that St Gonsalo’s father was Portuguese and his mother was from Vasai, others said both his parents were locals. Prof D’Silva said St Gonsalo spent eight years in the Vasai fort at and had a strong desire to be a Jesuit priest. A Jesuit priest, Sebastiao Gonsalves, was his guide and took him on an assignment to Japan at the age of 15. St Gonsalo learnt Japanese and began work in the mission. However, he could not join the Jesuit order and moved to Philippines as a lay missionary. He later joined the Franciscan order and worked in Japan.

“The Franciscan brothers had considerable clout in the Japanese court and went about preaching. Their growing power led to rivalry with the local Buddhist monks,” said D’Silva. This enmity led to the arrest of several Christian missionaries, including Brother Gonsalo Garcia. They were sentenced to death and crucified on a hill in Nagasaki on February 5, 1597. After an inquiry, Garcia and his companions known as ‘Nagasaki Martyrs’ were declared saints by Pope Pius IX on June 8,1862. Archbishop Machado said several programmes will organized to commemorate the life and teachings of Saint Gonsalo and a large rally will be held in December.

Bruno D’mello sent us this scan of The Herald news paper in Goa which published his article on St. Gonsalo Garcia.

St. Gonsalo Garcia in The HeraldHere is the article in text format: A Saint for India.. From India

Thane gets Rs 10.50 crore for developing tourist spots

News

A sum of Rs 10.50 crore has been provided by the Maharashtra Government for development of tourist spots in Thane district. The fund has been provided under the Regional Tourism Development programme of the Government, District Collector Abasaheb Jarhad said.

The move will help tourist inflow in the district located adjoining Mumbai. The project involves development of two spots in Palghar taluka and one in Vasai, he said. Shirgaon Satpati, a coastal location in Palghar, will be developed at a cost of Rs 3.67 crore, while Kelva Mahim, a beach in the same taluka, will be given a facelift at a cost of Rs 4.28 crore, the Collector said.

The Vasai beach and historical fort will be developed at a cost of Rs 2.53 crore, he said. The fund will be used for providing basic amenities and accommodation for tourists, good roads, construction of protection walls, and also for beautification and electrification of the areas, Jarhad added.

Restoration work ruining Vasai fort, says activist

News

Historic inscriptions on the 500-year-old Portuguese fort at Vasai are being damaged due to the Archaeological Survey of India’s (ASI) wrong conservation practices, local residents have alleged.

“The ASI’s restoration project is damaging the fort. The ancient inscriptions on the premises of the fort have almost been buried under sand and cement,” said Sridutta Raut, a member of Kille Vasai Mohim, an amateur local history group that looks after the fort.

The fort is being plastered and it looks like it is not being restored but renovated.”

The government has plans to convert the coastal fort, built by the Portuguese, into a major heritage site and tourist attraction. Raut, however, said that locals were not taken into confidence when the ASI began restoration work on the fort.

The ASI’s Mumbai Circle Superintending Archaeologist M.S. Chauhan said he had received some complaints about the Vasai fort project and promised he would to look into them.

“The fort was built around the 16th century by the Portuguese and the inscriptions on its premises are an important evidence of history,” Thane historian Sadashiv Tetwilkar, who has written a book on various forts in the district. “There are certain standard international practices that need to be followed during any conservation project,” conservation architect Vikas Dilawari said. “One will have to check if the ASI has followed all of them or not.”

This post originally appeared in the Monday, 28th June 2010 edition of Hindustan Times