Once upon a time a Portuguese fortified city. the Marathas besieged it in 1739. The ruins of the city walls can be still seen, amidst the brushwood and palm groves. The wide beaches of Bassein used to be a place for ship building in the beginning of the 17th century. About 10 km to the northwest lies Nalasopara village, the capital of Konkan from 1500 BC - 1300 AD. Nalasopara is believed to have been Gautama Buddha's birthplace in a previous life. There are some extremely beautiful; churches in Bassein.
Bassein road on the western railway suburban route is the nearest railhead.