Bandra Fort, also known as Castella de Aguada was built by the Portuguese in around 1640 as a watchtower overlooking Mahim Bay, the Arabian Sea and the southern island of Mahim. The Bandra Fort is situated in the western suburb of Bandra, in Mumbai. The Portuguese used to call it Forte de Bandorá (or Bandra Fort).
After the decline of the Portuguese empire in 1739, the British destroyed parts of the fort to prevent it falling into the hands of Marathas and what we see today are the remains of the castella. In the year 2003, a conservation program was started by Bandra Band Stand Residents’ Trust to save the collapsing parts of the fort. Now, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is planning to beautify and develop the fort area.
The name of the fort indicates its origin as a place where fresh water was available in the form of a fountain “Aguada” for Portuguese ships cruising the coasts and has been featured in several Hindi films, such as Dil Chahta Hai, Aashiqui, Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na, Chance Pe Dance, Ladies V/s Ricky Bahl, Talaash and Buddha Mil Gaya. Bandra Fort offers a lovely vicinity and is a perfect getaway for the couples.
Bandra Fort is a haven for photographers, historians, and youth. With the rise of celebrity homes on the same road, the place is today famous as a selfie point. From here you can also view the magnificent Bandra-Worli Sea Link. The fort is open throughout the week and there is no entry fee to the place. The nearby attractions include an Amphitheatre, Municipal Garden, Bandra Bandstand, Mt. Mary Church, St. Andrews Church, Mannat and Galaxy Apartments, etc.
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