Bassein Fort in Maharashtra
A Portuguese stronghold till 1739 when the Marathas took over, Bassein Fort is a place you should not miss on your tour of forts in Maharashtra. Standing guard over the Arabian Sea, for centuries it has overlooked the Bassein Beach that thrives as a popular tourist destination and was once an important shipbuilding site.
You can also visit the temples (Vajreshwari Temple) and churches that have survived the beatings of time. Also of historical significance is the capital of Konkan, now a small village near Bassein called Nalasopora. Bassein's wide beaches lined with palm groves, Akoli Hot Springs, and fort ruins resemble the Goan coastline to a large extent and are the ideal place to relax.