Chapora Fort in Goa
Chapora Fort in the state of Goa is a historical destination where Akbar once stayed here in a base camp to find against the Portuguese soldiers. The Portuguese constructed it in 1617 in their own way according to the Muslim structure. In the 18th century it got deserted and then reconstructed which is present today. The place is a fantastic one to wonder about and watch the rivers and sea beaches. The views across the river Chapora from the fort is awesome. Altogether you can enjoy views on all sides of the fort as it stands in such a prominent position.
About Chapora Fort
The fort is situated in North Goa in Vagator Beach and entering it is absolutely free. The visiting hours start from 9:30 in the morning till 5:30 in the evening. The place can be visited on all days of the week. This historical fort was built by Adil Shah, the residence of Bijapur. The fort is located at a distance of 22 km from the state capital of Panaji. Chapora the name is actually originated from the name ‘shahpura’ which meant the town of the Shahs. It was previously constructed to watch the border but then the Portuguese expanded the border area beyond the fort. An interesting fact about the fort is that it houses underground tunnels which were used by the rulers to escape in case of emergency. Although many parts of the fort are destroyed, visitors can only see the tombstones and monumental ramparts. You can also have a wonderful view of the Vagator Beach.
Legend behind it
The fort has a legend behind it. It was believed that the fort possesses strong natural terrain. Breaking it was impossible. It was built in such a way so that the walls could not be climbed. But the Marathi leader named Sambhaji broke all the myths and conquered the wall with his troop easily. When the Portuguese general came to know about this when he got shocked as well as impressed, thereby surrendered it to them.
Reaching Chapora Fort
Mapusa is the nearest place in Goa from where you can reach the fort. Buses are available frequently from Mapusa to Chapora. Buses also ply from Panaji to the fort occasionally. Motorcycles and taxis are available from the place Mapusa. The bus stoppage is located in the close vicinity to the fort in Chapora village. You need to follow the road that will take you to the base of the hill. From there, you can climb the fort. The climbing is a bit tough and the top there is the main gate. Just walk around and explore the fort around. You can enjoy the view of Vagator and Anjuna.
Chapora is a place of numerous hotels including beautiful home stays and budget accommodation. Hotel such as Dreams, Jungle, and folklore are fantastic options with a comfortable stay. The site is fabulous with steep slopes at all sides.
The fort walls are very old and you can circle the fort by walking around. The walls are featured with arrow slits and gun ports. The outer parts are steep due to the location on the hill edge. Only the walls are intact and the rest of the fort is in ruins. If you try to find out the tunnels, you can notice heads of tunnels that were once used as emergency routes.
The Chapora Fort is also identified by another name, ‘dil chahta hai’ which means the desire of the heart. Actually, the fort got such a name after the suiting of the Bollywood film ‘Dil Chahta Hai’ which took place in this fort. It is best to visit the place in the evening as that time the view is magnificent. The sunset view cannot be described in words. It seems like the sky is painted in shades of red and the water sources too got colored in its hue. While visiting the fort you can also visit the most wonderful beaches in Goa. So next time when you are in Goa do not miss out the opportunity to have a visit in this historical place and also a scenic spot that has taken place in the mind of people after the film.