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Bandra Fort


The Bandra Fort, also known as Castella de Aguada (Fort of the Waterpoint), is a fort located in Bandra, Mumbai. "Castella" is a misspelling for Portuguese "Castelo" (castle). Properly, it should be called Castelo da Aguada, although it seems its Portuguese builders called it Forte de Bandorá (or Bandra Fort). It is located at Land's End in Bandra. The Portuguese built it in 1640 as a watchtower overlooking Mahim Bay, the Arabian Sea and the southern island of Mahim. The name shows its origin as a place where fresh water was available in the form of a fountain ("Aguada") for Portuguese ships cruising the coasts in the initial period of Portuguese presence. The fort lies over sea level to an altitude of 24 meters (79 ft). Castella de Aguada has been featured in several Hindi films, such as Buddha Mil Gaya and Dil Chahta Hai.


The Portuguese, who had established a base in the area in 1534 after winning over Bahadur Shah of Gujarat, built several sea forts along the western Indian coastline. Castella de Aguada was one such strategically located fort, overlooking the Mahim Bay to the south, the islands of Worli to the south, the Arabian Sea to the west and the town of Mahim to the south-west. The fort also shielded the northern sea route into Mumbai Harbour. This sea route, a large inlet, was later reclaimed from the sea in the nineteenth century. During the Portuguese rule, it was armed with seven cannons and other smaller guns as a defense. A freshwater spring in the vicinity satisfied potable water to passing ships, thus lending the fort its name. After the drop of the Portuguese in the early 18th century, the Marathas became the largest threat to British possessions. Sensing an impending Portuguese defeat, the British partially destroyed the fort as a precautionary measure. The demolition would prevent the possibility of the fort being captured by the Marathas, with the possibility of it being used as a forward military base to attack British Bombay. In 2003, a preservation program was started by Bandra Band Stand Residents’ Trust to save the fort. It was initiated by a local Member of Parliament , Shabana Azmi, who funded part of the effort from her allotted funds. The brick arch of one of the gateways on the boundary was the collapse, and the foundation masonry of the fort wall that was in danger of tidal erosion was repaired. The nearby Taj Land's End hotel is stable for maintenance of the fort, having inherited it from the previous owners. The fort is owned by the ASI (Archaeological Survey of India). Included in the fort makeover are the preservation of the natural rock formations, providing pathways, and the creation of an amphitheater. The architect for the makeover was P.K. Das, who had earlier reconstructed the Carter Road area.

Full Address

Bandra Fort, Byramji Jeejeebhoy Road, Bandstand Road, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400050, India


Type of Place

  • Historical
  • Monuments
  • Picnic Spot

Prefered For

  • Couples
  • Family
  • Friends
  • Kids
  • Senior Citizen


  • ~bandra railway station is 3.46 kms distance from Castella de aguada ~khar railway station is 4.81 kms distance from Fort
  • ~chhtrapati shivaji international airport ~lohegoan airport ~pune airport

Important Information

  • Best time to visit: throughout the year Timings: 10 am to 7 pm Entry: Free Visit duration: 30min. To 1hour Suitable for: history buff's, photo fanatics, wanders Food: Yes. There are small coffee shops and food vendors that dot Bandstand. Burgers, sandwiches, corn, and peanuts are easily available. Water: yes What's Good: It is a picturesque location that one doesn’t get tired visiting. It is beautiful throughout the year.


Things to Buy

  • THINGS TO BUY= ~Linking Road, Bandr Situated: Right opposite R.D. National College Best for: Accessories, clothes, shoes for both men and women. ~Colaba Causeway, Colaba Situated: Close to Fort area and Cuffe Parade Best for: Books, jewelry, handicraft and cloths. ~Lamington Road, Grant Road Situated: Near Grant Road railway station. Best for: Electronics, gadgets, mobile phones, laptopns etc. ~Fashion Street, MG Road Situated: Near Azad Maidan Best for: High street fashion trends in cheap prices. ~Crawford Market Situated: North of Shivaji Terminus and near J.J. flyover. Best for: Wholesale home utility products, exotic fruits ~Hill Road, Bandra Situated near: Elco Restaurant Best for: Hardware, wood work, wholesale general stores and cloth shops

Things to Eat

  • ~cohiba: continental ~Soul chef at Joe Joe's corner: north Indian, north eastern, continental, goan ~Baskin Robbin: desserts, ice cream ~Blue banana: goan,Chinese, north Indian ~martinibar: drinks only ~Avozin: seafood, Portuguese ~Epicure: continental, north Indian ~Vedanta: fast food

Things to enjoy

  • The kids love to clamber up the steps of the Fort gardens and play hide-and-seek For adults, there is blue-grey water swishing up the rocky banks The one km-long pretty walkway —which has places to sit, and is now embellished with the Walk of Stars and other Bollywood and installations — can be covered in 20 minutes. On the right of the gate there are steps taking you up to Fort Gardens. But right in front one spots, it seems like ancient stone walls. The Bandra Fort-or Castella de Aguada (Portuguese: Fort of the Waterpoint) as it was christened by the Portuguese who built, it was created as a watchtower.