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Forts of Pakistan 3

Forts of Pakistan 3

 Pacco Qillo Fort:

              In the Hyderabad city of province Sindh, Pakistan a beautiful sample of early modern fortification still exists that is known as Pacco Qillo Fort. Formally, this fort was known as Pacca Qilla. This fort of Pakistan has the unique architecture that is different from the other forts of Pakistan. This Qilla was built by Ghulam Shah. The Hyderabad city was also founded by Mian Ghulam Shah Kalhoro in the year 1768. Hyderabad is the second largest city of Sindh and sixth largest city of Pakistan.

Pacco_Qillo_fort

Attock Fort:

            During the reign of the King Akbar, the Attock Fort was built under the supervision of Khwaja Shamsuddin Khawafi in two years from 1581 to 1583. This fort is built in the town known as Attock Khurd. To protect the passage of Indus River was the main reason behind the construction of this fort. The fort is about 800 yards long and 400 yards wide. Between the Afghan Sikh War during the battle of Attock this fort played an important role. Today this fort stands between the Peshawar Road on one side and River Indus on other side.

attock fort

Paharwala Fort:

            About 40 km from Rawalpindi, Punjab, Pakistan a historic fort named as Paharwala Fort is located. Naturally, this fort is defended by the Sawaan River form one side and by the small Himaliyan Range on other side. This fort was built in the 15th century by the Gakhar tribe on the ruins of Hindu Shahi Fort that was built in the 10th century. In the year 1519the Mughal Emperor Babur conquered the fort. The Mughals, however, after that reconciled with Gakhar and the fort was returned to them.

paharwala fort

The fort of Pakistan is located in the Kahuta area so that’s why it is open for Pakistani Visitors only and needs the attention of government as it is in bad shape.

Khaplu Fort:

            This fort is located in Khaplu, in the region of Baltistan. Meaning of Khaplu fort is “the fort on the roof”. This is an old fort that according to the Baltit history can be traced back to 400 years ago. It is stated generally that this fort was built by the Yabgo Raja of Khaplu in 1840. Design of the fort is influenced by the Tibetan and Kashmiri architecture.

khaplu fort

In Baltistan, it is the second fort that was renovate by the Agha Khan Trust for Culture. Renovation of this fort of Pakistan took around six years as it started in 2005 and finished in 2011. Some part of the residential area of this fort is operated by Serena Hotel is being used as a hotel.

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