The Marathas then went about placing symbolic installations of their victory inside the fort which includes the Vajreshwari Devi Mandi which was built by Chimaji Appa, younger brother of the famous Maratha General Peshwa Baji Rao I. There is bustling activity inside the picturesque ruins of the fort, wherein lovers abound in the nooks and crannies, on balconies and terraces, while couples pose on the high-reaching staircases for their pre-wedding photoshoots.
One such staircase leads to a terrace where a flagpole sans the flag is placed. From here, one can view the entire fort, all 110 acres of it. Not far from here, is the Gonsalo Garcia Church, standing tall amidst crumbling ruins. The interiors of the church are intact and are decked up routinely for the Sunday mass and a host of other functions and services. The Vasai fort is key in understanding the cosmopolitanism which has come to distinguish Mumbai from the rest of India. Perhaps, the regular stream of visitors could wake up the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) to its enduring tourism potential.