Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Forts of Konkan 6: Kille Vajragad किल्ले वज्रगड

Location: Girij, Tal. Vasai, Dist. Thane, Height 100 m.

What to see:
There is a Datta Mandir and a water tank in the fort. It offers very peaceful surroundings with a view of coastal belt of Vasai taluka from Arnala to Vasai. The Dharavi fort across Vasai creek in south and Kamandurg in the east can also be seen.

Nearby attractions:
Shankaracharya Mandir at Nirmal and Churches in Girij and Nirmal. The area is famous for its cultivation of small white onions which are sweeter in taste and also for cultivation of flowers especially Jasmine. There is also production of preserved Bananas which are called as Sukeli.

Vajragad was sometimes also called as "Vajirgad". Fort was built for keeping a watch on movements between Vasai Fort & Arnala Fort during Vasai Mohim of Peshavas during the period 1737 - 1739. Fort had some 7-8 bastions , a big water tank which is still existebt, Dhal Khatichi Jaga (Nishan Buruj), Hanuman murti, Sadar (Place of discussion) built in 1738.

The area has little of the earlier structure remained. The area is today more famous for its Dattatreya temple. Local people might not even know the place by the name Vajragad but one has to ask for Datta Mandir. The place is owned privately but the entry to the temple and the surroundings is not restricted. 

How to reach:

With your own vehicles:
Mumbai- Ghodbundar- Sativali phata- Vasai- Girij
Pune/ Goa- Thane- Ghodbundar- Sativali phata- Vasai- Girij

With Public transport:
From Mumbai- Reach Vasai Road station by suburban local trains, Take Churchgate -Vasai Road takes 1.10 hours and there are trains for Vasai Road from Churchgate/ Dadar station every 20 minutes. On western side of the station shared or private autorikshaws and ST buses are available to reach Vasai town. From there on take buses or shared autorikshaws for Girij.
Direct ST buses are available for Vasai from Thane, Kalyan, Pune and Nashik.
Vasai Road is an important station on Western Railways and many trains connecting Gujarat to Mumbai, Pune, Konkan and South India have a halt at Vasai Road.

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