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Chapora Fort

Chapora Fort is located in Bardez taluka right next to Vagator Beach in North Goa. The distance from Panjim to Chapora Fort is about 20 km. In the same place the famous Bollywood movie ‘Dil Chahta Hai’, 2001 blockbuster was shot. Since then it has become a popular destination for tourists

This fort has gained a place of importance as 'Dil Chahta Hai' Fort and after that shot is now a prime attraction of Goa.

It is one of the best places to be with your friends to watch the sunsets in Goa. This fort is located subsequently to the Vagator beach in Northern Goa. There is a striking view of the palm trees, along with extensive beach.

You can just sit on the walls of the fort and watch the beautiful sunset. Going on this fort with your friends totally gives you the feeling of the Great movie Dil Chahta Hai scene.

It has attracted many people after the movie this place is crowd to watch to magnificent sunset. The perfect time to visit the Chapora Fort is in the evenings when the climate is clam and the sun is about to set, when viewed from the fort, look quite artistic. And it becomes a perfect spot for photos and selfie.  

There are around 150 steps leading to the fort. You can just park your bike down near the fort and take a 5-10 mins walk to the fort.

 Historical Significance

The Chapora Fort has a historical significance from the period when Portuguese invaded Goa. The fort was built in the year 1717 where many rulers have held this fort for varied periods of time but the rivalry was mainly seen between Marathas and Portuguese to gain control over it.

The Chapora Fort is said to be built by the ruler of Bijapur, Adil Shah. The Fort has been named from the Chapora River that flows by the fort. Chapora Fort has a long and interesting history and this history tells us that the reinforcements around the fort had been there for long even before the Portuguese has landed in Goa.

Chapora Fort has passed through the possession of numerous rulers over a long period of time, right from the Portuguese to the Marathas.The fort was intended as a border watchpost and was build in the red-Laterite bastion. It fell in the hands of many Hindu raiders during the 17th century, before it was finally being deserted by the Portuguese. You can still see the heads of two tunnels that formerly provided supply routes for inundated defenders.

There is a very interesting story told about Sambhaji’s conquest of this fort. Since the fort is built using the natural slopes of the terrain, it was thought that the enemies of the fort would be unable to scale its walls. 

However, the astute Maratha leader made his men climb this fort with help of 1.5m long monitor lizards and so easily infringe the forts walls. If you visit Chapora fort you are definitely going to enjoy the scenic beauty.

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