Famous Forts and Palaces of Pakistan

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Famous Forts and Palaces of Pakistan


Pakistan is rich historical destinations like Mohenjo Daro. For the nature lovers like love for snow peaks, lakes, lush green meadows, mesmerising valleys, Pakistan is on the list for the travelers. Along with natural beauty, Pakistan has a lot to offer the history students who wants to explore historical destinations. Even The fort or Palace is in beautiful valley like Hunza surrounded by highest peaks or in the desert of cholistan, they have their antique architectural design and importance in the history. Today we are going to discuss with you some of the best Forts and Palaces in Pakistan.

1. Altit Fort


Altit Fort HUNZA

Lies in the mountains of Hunza Valley, Altit Fort is one the oldest monument in the Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan. Shikari Tower in the Fort is about 1100 years, that makes it the oldest. The Fort was first built in 11th century by the Mir (King) of Hunza, then they moved to new Fort Baltit after 300 years ago. It is situated in Altit town of Hunza. The Fort restored in 2007 By Aga Khan Trust for Culture.

2. Sadiq Garh Palace Bahawalpur

Sadiq Garh Palace VIEW

Sadiq Garh Palace

Palace built by highness Nawab Sadiq Mohammad Khan (IV) in 1882. The Palace named on the ruler of that time. It took about 10 years to complete and 15 lack rupees of expense to built the palace. Expert Engineers and Italian Architects called to design this amazing building of the time.  The Palace is situated in Dera Nawab Sahab in Bahawalpur.

3. Rohtas Fort

Rohtas Fort VIEW

Rohtas Fort

Awarded by UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997 as “Exceptional example of the Muslim military architecture of Central and South Asia”, Rohtas Fort located near Jehlum in Punjab Province of Pakistan. The Fortress built in 16th Century. None of the army have ever destroyed th fort. Rohtas Fort is one of the largest fort in Asia.

4. Red Fort

Red Fort Muzzafferabad

Red Fort

Normally known as “Rutta Qila”, Red Fort built by Chak rulers of Kashmir. It was built in 1646.The Fort situated in Muzaffarabad the capital city of Kashmir on the bank of Neelum River. Today only traces of the structure remains now. Most of the fort parts destroyed during the 2005 earth quake.

5. Derawar Fort

Derawar Fort Bhawalpur

Derawar Fort

Situated in the desert of Cholistan, Derawar Fort was built in 9th century. At early stages, it named as Dera Rawal, as it was built for tribute to Rawal Deoraj Bhatti. Later on converted to Dera Rawar and for the time being it started pronounced as Derawar, that is today’s name of the Fort. The walls of the fort is 30 meters high with the perimeter about 1.5 kilometers.

6. Faiz Mahal

Faiz Mahal

Faiz Mahal

Lies in city Khairpur of Sindh province of Pakistan, Faiz mahal built for the purposes of sovereign’s court and royal family stay. It built in 1798. At present, Faiz Palace serves as home to the last Talpur monarcch, H.H Mir Ali Murad Khan Talpur II and sons Prince Abbas Raza Talpur and Prince Mehdi Raza Talpur.

7. Bala Hissar

Bala Hissar Peshawar

Bala Hissar

Built in 1526 in Peshawar city of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan, Bala Hissar commonly known as Bala Hisar. The word is from the Dari Persian language means “Elevated or high fort”.  Name by the Afghan Durrani Dynasty during 18th century. It was first the royal residence of Afgan Durrani Dynasty many centuries ago. Today it serves as headquarters for Pakistan Frontier corps.

8. Ranikot Fort

Ranikot Fort Sindh

Ranikot Fort

Known as the Great wall of Sindh, Ranikot believed to be the largest Fort in the world. The original architect and purpose of the Fort is unknown. Some archaeologists point to the 17th century for the rebuilt by the Talpurs. The fort situated in Jamshoro District of sindh province in Pakistan. The circumference of the fort is about 32 kilometre. It is still unknown when the fort was first built.

9. Noor Mahal

Noor mahal Bhawalpur

Noor mahal

Built as Italian Chateau, Noor Mahal located in Bahawalpur Punjab Province of Pakistan. There is a prison inside the Palace as well. Many of the antiques can be seen in the Palace. It built in 1872. Nawab Sadiq Mohammad Khan 4 took over the construction. He was the Shah Jahan of Bahawalpur.

10. Lahore Fort

Lahore Fort fantastic View

Lahore Fort

Lahore Fort normally known as Shahi Qilla. Fort rebuilt by the mughal emperor in 17th century, when the mughal empire was on its peak. The Fort was first built by the mughal emperor Akbar in 16th century. It awarded as UNESCO World Heritage site in 1981. Must visit to know the Mughal era in Lahore.

11. Baltit Fort

Baltit Fort Hunza Valley famous in northern areas

Baltit Fort Hunza Valley

Built about 700 years ago, Baltit Fort is the other most impressive fort in Hunza Valley of Pakistan. It is located in Karimabad of Hunza. The Fort at spot where whole karimabad can be seen. Surrounded by many mighty peaks like Ultar, Rakaposhi and others, Baltit fort was given the UNESCO World heritage award in 2004. The fort was restored by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. It now runs as a museum.

Saba Ghani
Saba Ghani

Since 2017, Saba Ghani has been the chief content writer for Pakistan Tour and Travel & EMHI Solutions. You can catch her at sabaghani80@gmail.com or Twitter