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Vasai Fort entrance
Vasai Fort entrance
Vasai is located in Maharashtra
Coordinates: 19°28′N 72°48′E / 19.47°N 72.8°E / 19.47; 72.8Coordinates: 19°28′N 72°48′E / 19.47°N 72.8°E / 19.47; 72.8
Country India
State Maharashtra
District Palghar
 • Body Vasai Virar Municipal Corporation
Elevation 11 m (36 ft)
Population (2007)
 • Total 49,337
Demonym(s) Vasaikar
 • Official Marathi
Time zone IST (UTC+5:30)
Post Office Pin Code 401201/2
Telephone code 91/0-250
Vehicle registration MH-48
Vidhan Sabha constituency Vasai (Vidhan Sabha) Constituency

Vasai (English: /ˈvɑːs/ (About this sound listen)), historically known as Bassein or Baçaim is a historical suburban town in Palghar district of Maharashtra state in Konkan division in India. It forms a part of Vasai-Virar city. Vasai was in thane district before 2014. Now Vasai is in the Palghar district.

The Portuguese built the Bassein Fort here to strengthen their naval superiority over the Arabian Sea. In the 18th century, the fort was taken over by the Maratha army and fell in 1739 after a three-year-long campaign.

The British then took over the territory from the Marathas in the First Anglo-Maratha War.[1]

Map of Bassein (c. 1539)


Overall climate is equable with high rainfall days and very few days of extreme temperatures. The temperature varies from 22–36 °C (72–97 °F). In winter temperature is between 12–25 °C (54–77 °F) while summer temperature ranges from 36–41 °C (97–106 °F). Out of total rainfall, 80% rainfall is experienced during June to October. Average annual rainfall is 2,000–2,500 mm (79–98 in) and humidity is 61—86%, making it a humid-prehumid[clarification needed] zone. The driest days are in winter while the wettest days are experienced in July.


The eastern part of Vasai is highly industrialised, with small- and medium-scale units producing a wide variety of goods.


The local railway station is known as Vasai Road. The Vasai-Virar Municipal Corporation buses run on all major routes. Even State Transport buses provide long distance travel from Vasai. Besides, auto rickshaws are the main source of transport in the region. Indian Railways has introduced the much-awaited AC local train service in Mumbai. The air-conditioned local runs from Virar to Churchgate. Equipped with new features, the train is aimed at ensuring a safer and more comfortable journey for passengers, it will run from Churchgate to Virar having 12 services per day.


There are two famous temples, one is the Vajeshwari temple while the other is the Datta mandir of Dongri.

Use as filming location[edit]

Vasai is gaining popularity as a good shooting destination with international hit song 'Hymn for the Weekend' by British Band Coldplay being shot here. The video has more than 800 million views on YouTube as of October 2017. Another hit 'Lean On' by EDM group Major Lazer and DJ Snake was shot in Vasai in March 2015. It has more than 2 billion views on YouTube. The Bassein Fort is a popular shooting location for Bollywood movies and songs as well. The bollywood hit ″Kambakth Ishq″ from Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya was one of the Bollywood songs. Movies such as Josh starring Shah Rukh Khan was shot in St. Francis Xavier's Church,Giriz and at Bassein Fort and Love Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega had a number of scenes from Bassein Fort. Recently in April 2017, some scenes from Bhoomi starring Sanjay Dutt were shot around 'Parnaka' area in Vasai.


  1. ^ Naravane, M.S. (2014). Battles of the Honorourable East India Company. A.P.H. Publishing Corporation. p. 60. ISBN 9788131300343. 

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