Bassein Fort feels a lot like Goa

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Entrance to the citadel

 

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Ruins

My first reaction when I saw pictures of the Bassein fort online was ‘ Can this be real? ‘ All I had ever heard about the Bassein Fort  ( aka Vasai Fort ) was that it was in shambles and was not a very safe place to explore . So I had never thought of making a trip down to Vasai until last Friday .

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Arches of Nossa Senhora Da Vida
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Remains of a church

I still had a few reservations and decided to contact a fellow blogger Shahrukh from https://indiadestinationsblog.wordpress.com/ to allay my fears . With a few tips from him , I decided to go and look at the ruins myself .

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Another Church within the citadel

Vasai has been renamed quite a few times  with the Portuguese naming it Baçaim , the Marathas rechristening it as Bajipur and the British calling  it Bassein. The name changing has finally been put to rest with the place now popularly known as ‘ Vasai’.

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Sea Gate of the Fort with a Baobab at the entrance

Vasai was an important trading centre due it is proximity to the Arabian sea , which explains the keen interest of the Portuguese in this area .

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The Jetty near the Sea Gate

 

The Portuguese arrived here when Vasai was under the rule of Bahadur Shah , the Sultan of Gujarat . In 1534 , the Sultan ceded Bassein , along with other provinces , to the Portuguese and in 1739 the Portuguese were forced to leave Bassein when they surrendered to the Marathas .

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Portuguese Seal – Commerce and Religion on their minds

Vasai had flourished under the Portuguese and earned the title ‘ Corte Do Norte ‘ ( Court of North) . The citadel and the churches within the rampart reflect the grandeur that this fortress once boasted of . Today , it is a forgotten bit of history , left to meet its own end .

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There is no entrance fee and absolutely no information or sign board anywhere . The place attracts filmmakers and even on the day I visited it , one section was out of bounds as the crew of some daily soap was busy setting up their props and getting ready for a shoot.

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Getting ready for a Shoot
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A church which reminded me of the Basilica of Bom Jesu in Goa
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Vaulted ceiling

I should have visited this place , so close to home ( about 55 km from where I live) , much earlier .Better late than never . For half a day I felt like I was transported to Goa and I think I found a place to lose myself in … whenever my Goan heart misses home !

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— that mishmash ( special thanks to Shahrukh )

 

Like random flowers….

…..random kisses have their own beauty .

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Frangipani . unexpectedly spotted near a building

Surprise someone you love by planting a kiss on them  when they least expect it . It works for me always !

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Bougainvillea @ Maharashtra Nature Park , Mumbai
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Am not sure what this one is called but it looked pretty to me

I once received an email with just a kiss icon and it was the most unexpected mail I had ever received . Random is good ! What do you think?

— that mishmash

 

 

He never promised me a rose garden …

No blaming , no regrets , no complaints …..

Love shouldn’t be so melancholy.

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@ Maharashtra Nature Park , Mumbai
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Lalbagh , Bangalore
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Somewhere in Kerala

I have always loved this song ‘ Rose Garden’ …sharing the lyrics ….

I beg your pardon I never promised you a rose garden
Along with the sunshine there’s gotta be a little rain sometime
When you take you gotta give so live and let live and let go oh oh oh oh
I beg your pardon I never promised you a rose garden

I could promise you things like big diamond rings
But you don’t find roses growin’ on stalks of clover
So you better think it over
Well, if sweet talking you could make it come true
I would give you the world right now on a silver platter
But what would it matter
So smile for a while and let’s be jolly love shouldn’t be so melancholy
Come along and share the good times while we can

I beg your pardon I never promised you a rose garden
Along with the sunshine there’s gotta be a little rain sometime
I beg your pardon I never promised you a rose garden

I could sing you a tune and promise you the moon
But if that’s what it takes to hold you I’d just as soon let you go
But there’s one thing I want you to know
You’d better look before you leap still waters run deep
And there won’t always be someone there to pull you out
And you know what I’m talking about
So smile for a while and let’s be jolly love shouldn’t be so melancholy
Come along and share the good times while we can

I beg your pardon I never promised you a rose garden
Along with the sunshine there’s gotta be a little rain sometime…..

I beg your pardon I never promised you a rose garden
Along with the sunshine there’s gotta be a little rain sometime…..

— that mishmash

Chasing butterflies !

I have been chasing butterflies figuratively for a long time but today I did for real . I got back from a short trip last night but somehow was restless this morning so I  headed to the Maharashtra Nature Park , Mumbai.

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Some hits and some misses but it was fun to go about like a child while mum and Ry joined in the fun .

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Happiness is ….chasing butterflies !

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Which one did you like most? Would love to know .

Will post more later but I couldn’t resist sharing a few pictures. Have a happy week !

— that mishmash