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- From Virar, which is the last station on western railway, board either shuttle or mail to reach Palghar station. From Palghar there are buses after every half an hour running on Satpati road. Take the bus and get down at the “Masjid” stop, which takes about 15 minutes. Auto-rickshaws are also available to reach this stop from Palghar station.
After a walking distance of about 10 minutes we reach base of the fort. There is a school at the base.
- The fort of Shirgaon is 5 km north of Mahim in Palghar Taluka. Seashore behind the fort is very beautiful, but is lonely as the fort is quite neglected.In 1739 Marathas won this fort along with the forts of Dahanu, Kelve and Tarapur. It belonged to Portuguese before Marathas. Afterwards in 1818 Britishers captured it like the other forts.
The fort of Shirgaon is about 200 feet in length and 150 feet wide. The rampart of fort is 35 feet in height and 10 feet in width. There are four bastions at the four corners of the fort and one at the entrance. Above the entrance there is a nicely built pedestal which reminds us the memorial of Shivaji Maharaj.
To reach the on the rampart and bastions there are steps on the outer side as well as on the inner side of the rampart. Those on the inner side are not in use today.
There is one more entrance at the western rampart of the fort. It is not in use nowadays. From the rampart we see the beautiful seashore.