Bandra Fort, originally known as the Castella de Aguada is a fort located next to the Taj Land’s End Hotel in the Bandra, offers a spectacular view of the Bandra-Worli Sea Link.
The fort got its name the Portuguese. Castella de Aguada means Fort of the Waterpoint in Portuguese. The word ‘castella’ is actually a misspelling for the word ‘castelo’ which means castle, and ‘aguada’ meaning fresh water.
And though Bandra Fort is crowded (mostly with locals), I absolutely love this place to get away from the Mumbai crowd. Just standing there and looking at the water and the Sea Link, I forget the hundreds of people around me. And nobody really bothers you.
The Bandra Fort was built by the Portuguese in 1640 as a watchtower overlooking Mahim Bay, the Arabian Sea and the southern island of Mahim after they defeated Bahadur Shah of Gujarat. Castella de Aguada was one strategically located fort for the Navy as it also guarded the northern sea route into Mumbai Harbour. The fort, however, was partially demolished by the British after the decline of the Portuguese empire so that the Marathas, who were slowly getting stronger by the day, would not use this fort as a forward military base to attack the British-ruled Bombay. What we see today are the remains of the fort after centuries of attacks and destruction.
How to reach-
Just tell your taxi driver to take you to Bandra Fort next to Taj Lands End. If you are coming by train, Bandra station is the closest station. A rickshaw from there will cost you about ₹50-60.
Timings and tickets-
The fort is open throughout the week from 6:30 AM to 7:30 PM. There is no entry fee to the place and that is exactly what makes it so easily accessible to the public. A complete tour of the fort and the Bandra amphitheatre would take anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour.
Make sure to bring drinking water and sun protection as this is an outdoor place which can be very hot during the midday sun. And of course, don’t forget to click amazing pictures with the Bandra Worli Sea Link in the background.