Vasai Fort entrance
|Elevation||11 m (36 ft)|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Post Office Pin Code||401201/2|
|Vidhan Sabha constituency||Vasai|
Vasai or Vasai Village (वसई गांव) historically known as Bassein or Baçaim is a historical village north of Mumbai in the Maharashtra state of India. It is an important city in Vasai-Virar twin city in palghar district.
The Portuguese built 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.
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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 zone. The driest days are in winter while the wettest days are experienced in July.
There are numerous schools and colleges in the town. The popular schools are St. Augustines, Carmelite Convent, Nazareth Convent, Holy Family Convent, Vidya Vikasni, Sheth Vidya Mandir, Holy Paradise, BKS and St. Francis. Some of the colleges are Vartak, Thomas Baptista, St. Peters, IIHM, Vasai Vikasni. There are 2 engineering colleges in vasai- Vidyavardhini Engineering College and Universal College of Engineering.
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. It is an important junction with most express trains of Pune-Ahmedabad route and a few of Mumbai-Ahmedabad Route halting here. Both Central Railway and Western Railway lines run through Vasai Road. National Highway 8 (also known as NH8 or Mumbai Ahmedabad Highway) passes through Vasai and is used for Road Transportation. VVMC (Vasai Virar Municipal Corporation) runs many bus services daily to different towns and cities nearby.
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