Saturday, 22 May 2010

Forts of Konkan 20 : Ghodbundar Fort घोडबंदरचा किल्ला


Location:
Ghodbunder, Tal. Dist. Thane
Altitude 50 m.

Things to see:
The fort is situated on a high ground near Ulhas or famous Vasai creek. There are many modern beautiful bunglows near the fort, some of them also have resorts. It provides a view of the creek, Bhaindar town, salt pans and huge mass of Kharlands which was earlier full of productive rice paddies. Fort has one water tank which is now filled with debris.

Past:
The fort was first constructed by Portuguese when they lost it to Marathas in 1737 during the war of Vasai. Peshavas further strengthened the fort. The British took it over in 1818 after fall of Maratha power.

Present:
The fort is in the stage of crumbling as many trees have grown up on the walls. There are plans with government to restore the site and make it into a tourist destination. The site is sometimes used by Bollywood film industry for shooting of films which include films like Agneepath, Nagin, Paanch Qaidi etc.

Nearby attractions:
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How to reach:
By your own vehicle:
Follow the route as given below to reach,
Mumbai
Kashimira
(By Mumbai Ahmedabad NH-8)
Ghodbunder VillageFort
Pune/ Goa
Thane
(By Thane- Ghodbunder SH-42)
The fort is approximately 1 km from the village.

By public transport:
Reach Ghodbunder by ST buses shuttling between Thane/ Bhivandi- Borivali/ Bhaindar or TMT buses shuttling between Thane- Mira Road. One has to walk for 3 km from highway to the fort or take Autorikshaw if is available.

Nearby Places for stay:
There is one MTDC rest house near Ghodbunder fort and also some other resorts. Other convenient places for stay are Mumbai, Bhaindar and Thane.