Forts of Pakistan

by on November 25, 2009
in Exploring Amazing Pakistan


Pakistan has a large number of historical forts. Built mainly to protect cities, they are also representing the architecture of their respective eras. Although time has diminished their grandeur, they still stand to tell the tale of their past glory. Some forts worth visiting are:

1. The Red Fort

Originally named Shahi Qila, (Shahi means Royal and Qila means fort) it was nick named Lal (Red) Qila because of the red bricks used in its construction. It was built during the reign of the Moghul emperor Akbar it is an outstanding example of Moghul architecture. Moti Masjid, Sheesh Mahal and other impressive buildings are housed in the Red fort.

2. Rohtas Fort

Rohtas Fort lies 16km North West of the city of Jhelum on a tiny hillock 300 ft high. It was built by the Afghan ruler Sher Shah Suri as a garrison fort. Sher Shah Suri had captured the throne after ousting the Moghul emperor Humayun and to stop him from re entering India, this fort was built. The architecture is a unique blend of Afghan and Indian style of construction.

3. Qila Sheikhupura

Qila Sheikhupura lies in the city of Sheikhpura some 35 km from Lahore. It was built during the reign of Emperor Jehangir in 1607.

4. Qila Sialkot

It is the oldest fort in Pakistan. It was built by Raja Salban in the 2nd century.C.E to defend the city from invasions.

5. Baltit Fort

It is situated in the scenic Hunza Valley, upper north of Pakistan. It was built 700 years ago and was the residence of the rulers who later abandoned it. It stands on a high rock on stilted legs. It is under the Aga Khan T rust for Culture Historic Cities Support Programme. Now turned into a museum, it is run by the Baltit Heritage Trust.

6. Rani Kot Fort

With a circumference of 24 km, it is the world’s largest fort. Rani Kot fort is located in the Kirthar range around 90 km from Karachi. A mystery regarding its origins shrouds the fort. No one knows who constructed it and why. The biggest enigma is its barren location.

7. Bala Hisar Fort

It is situated in the city of Peshawar. Constructed on a mound, it was named Bala Hisar (High Fort) by the Afghan ruler Taimoor Shah Durrani. It was destroyed and rebuilt a number of times. Bala Hisar has been serving as the Head Quarter of the Frontier Corps since 1949.

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  4. Name (required) says:

    sialkot fort was built by raja salban he was greek and ofspring of alexander the great.

  5. Sardar Aurangzeb Kalarall President Of Kallars Tribe. says:

    Kalar sha was the prince and son of Sujan sha who came to subcontinant from iran during the war of mongol and setteled in dehli he got the special position in iltumash government and was the independent hakim of Kashmir and Potwar.Kalar Kahr was his fort and he was brave prince like his forefather Hazrat Ees Bin Hazrat Ishaque Bin Hazrat Ibrahim(AS) and Alexander the great.He was great religous scholar.The kalars In Hazara Division are his sons they are greek decendent and called Kallar- All (all mean sons.)
    In pushtun the Afridi dalazak khatak sulaiman masoud and wazir all kins of kallar tribe.
    The royal Kalars never got defeated from his enemy and still ready to sacrify them selves for islam and Pakistan.Kalar the Royals will never show their back to their enemy of Islam like her forefather.God has given this tribe most beautiful part of NWFP the Gullies like Kala bagh Nathia guli And Nara etc. these hills are lush green valleys and with full of pine trees jungal and no pollution.
    we have great concern about our developments as we live in the best and with full of minerals area but our rate of education is below 5%,unemployment ratio is very high and it seems that some hidden forces are going to ilminat this great nation from the soil.

  6. Keira James says:

    the unemployment rate today is a bit higher because of the recession but hopefully the economy would recover soon.`;”

  7. Nevaeh Green says:

    Hinduism is a cool religion that is also oriented towards peace and prosperity.**`

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