Bassein Fort, now in ruins was once a throbbing city. Built by the Portuguese, this fort was once a symbol of Portuguese power in the west of India. From the year 1534 to 1739, the fort of Bassein was the stronghold of the Portuguese until it was ransacked by the Maratha. Never-the-less, the remnants of the fort still bears unmistakable Portuguese influence.
Nalasopara village is 10 km to the north-west of the fort. The place has now become famous because many Buddhist relics have been found here. From the Bassein fort, you can take a ride by bus and go to the Vajreshwari temple and enjoy a dip in the Akoli Hot Springs.
Bassein fort although secluded, is pretty easily accessible. From Mumbai you can catch a train and get down at the Bassein railway station. The fort is only a few kilometers from the station and you can reach there by a cab. If you want to travel by road, the fort is only 77 km away from Mumbai and along the Mumbai - Ahmedabad highway.