Lying near the Afghan border and the Khyber Pass, Jamrud is the link between South Asia and Central Asia. The Jamrud Fort itself is located at the entrance of the Khyber Pass and because of its strategic position has served as an important military base. It came under attack several times when battles were fought between the Sikhs and the Afghans. The Sikh General Hari Singh Nalwa’s grave can be found here. Nalwa died in 1837 fighting a battle with the Afghans. It was an important base for the cantonment of the British Army during the colonial era.
The Fort is made up of stone and has mud plaster smeared over it. Its structure harmonizes with the rough rocky landscape of the surrounding area. The towers of the Fort can be seen from a distance. The onlookers have described the Fort as “a majestic old battleship”.To visit the Fort, foreigners as well as the locals require a permit which can be obtained free of cost by applying at the Political Agent’s Office.
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