Bassein is located 77-km away from Mumbai
, which is well connected by rail and road. It served as an important
shipbuilding centre in the early 17th century. Marathas defeated the
Portuguese in 1739 at this site. It bears a close resemblance to Goa, a
quite place where tourists can take time off from the crowd.
Amidst dense brushwood and palm groves one can find ruins of the fort built by Portuguese. Another important feature, which attracts large number of tourists is the Portuguese cuisine served by locals who also provide accommodation to the tourists.
A village called Nalasopara, which lies about 10-km away, to the northwest of Bassein, was the erstwhile Konkan capital from about 1500 BC to 1300 AD. It attracts tourists, as it is believed to be the place of the Buddha in a previous incarnation. Many Buddhist relics have also been found here.
Tourists can visit many other places, which are located at a short distance away from Bassein like the Vajreshwari temple, the Akloli hot springs, the Sadguru Nityanand Maharaj Samadhi Mandir at Ganeshpuri, the Bhimeshwar temple and other ashrams. There are quite a few interesting churches in Bassein, which are poignant reminders of the Portuguese past.
Air: The nearest airport is at Mumbai
Rail: The nearest railway station is on Bassein Road, on the Western Railway line.
Road: Bassein is 77-km, along the Mumbai - Ahmedabad highway. Bassein being an important tourist spot is regularly served by the State Transport of Maharashtra, which ply buses from Mumbai, Aurangabad , Ahmedabad etc. to Bassein.
Being a major metropolis in India and the capital city of Maharahtra state Mumbai is well equipped with excellent Hotel accommodation, which vary from luxurious to reasonable budget hotels. Locals also let rooms for accommodation.