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About Chapora Fort

Chapora Fort set above the Vagator Beach shot to fame with the Bollywood flick, “Dil Chahta Hai.” Though the fort insides are all in ruin, its rampart walls are still intact and sprawl across the hilltop. The Chapora Fort stands at the mouth of the Chapora River on one side and overlooks the sea on two sides, thereby making for a picturesque locale and the prime reason to visit this site when in Goa. The fort is about 22 km away from Panaji and the best time to take the trek up to this fort is about an hour before sunset. You can then enjoy a sensational sunset view from the fort top over the coastline. The fort constructed from red laterite was built by the Portuguese in 1617 on an already existing site of a Muslim structure hence the name ‘Shahpura’ or ‘Town of the Shah.' It was mainly used as a border watch post and was in use over two centuries until it was completely abandoned by the Portuguese in 1892. Only a few Muslim tombstones can still be seen in here now as well as the heads of two tunnels that were once used as a supply route.

Pro Tip: Be prepared for the short climb up and it is best to go an hour before sunset.

Highlights

  • Best Time to Visit Evening
  • Facilities Food Stalls
  • Recommended Hours Min. 1 hour
  • Best Visited With Group, Solo, Family
  • Allowed Footwear, Camera, Video

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