Largest Forts of Pakistan – Oldest Forts in Pakistan

Largest Forts of Pakistan

Tourism In Pakistan | Here Is The List of Some of the Largest Forts of Pakistan

Forts represent the culture of any nation. Every fort holds its own unique significance that connects the present to its past.

The sacrifices of its ancestors, and the glorious history of its ruler are typically proffered with its forts.

Pakistan, the South Asian Country, is known for its rich culture. In Pakistan, you will find a million historical places that connect you to history and tell a very different story.

Along with the natural beauty of the Northern Areas of Pakistan, we have some of the most famous forts in Pakistan.

From south to north, every corner of Pakistan is filled with colors. For instance, the extreme north of Pakistan holds the famous Khaplu and Skardu fort, and in the extreme south, the Kirthar Range holds the Rani Kot, a magnificent piece of architecture.

These immense forts were created to protect the royals and their nationals. The gigantic thick walls became a shield against the enemy’s attack.

Here is a list of some of the most iconic forts of Pakistan. Have a look at their brief details:

Altit Fort



First and the foremost is the Altit Fort, situated in the ancient district of Hunza and former capital Karimabad. Altit Fort is sublime in its architecture and design.

It was built over 900 years ago by the Mir’s of Hunza.  They were the rulers of Hunza and Gilgit Baltistan.

Additionally, the fort was reconstructed with the help of the Aga Khan Trust and is now open for tourists in 2007.

It has been built on a sheer rock cliff that falls 300 meters into the Hunza River.

However, it occupied a beautiful mosque, and the Fort had small doors that restricted the enemies from entering the fort. Everything in it is built on purpose and is useless here.

Rohtas Fort



Second, on the list is the Rohtas Fort with a historical background. It was built in the era of Sher Shah Suri, dated back to 1547 AD.

The fort is situated in merely a small town of Jhelum, Dina. The magnificent piece is located on the Pothohar plateau. You can have a view of the whole place while standing at the fort.

Additionally, the fort is almost 2,660 feet (810 m) above sea level with an area of 12.63 acres.

Some of the gates still persevere for the foreigner and local tourists.

Sadiq Garh Palace



Another glorious castle within the south Punjab of Pakistan is Sadiq Garh.  The specular fort situated in the Dera Nawab Sahib in Bahawalpur.

Moreover, the castle is not too old as the other antiques of Pakistan. As per record it was built by Nawab Sadiq Muhammad Khan (IV), dated back to 1882.

In addition, it is surrounded by immense walls and richly green lawns.

Moreover, there are a bastion in every corner and a beautiful dome in the centre of the building.

Red Fort Muzaffarabad



Northern Areas of Pakistan are blessed with amazing panoramic natural scenery. In addition, in northern Pakistan, you will find the Best Forts of Pakistan.

Likewise, Red Fort Muzaffarabad is a striking palace alongside the Neelum River. At first, the Chuk rulers took the initiative of constructing the fort; later, Sultan Muzaffar Khan completed the remaining parts in 1646.

The fort covers three sides of the Neelum River. It was the residence of different rulers of Kashmir and now serves as a historical monument of Kashmir. Perfect in design and glorious in architecture.

Faiz Mahal



Talking about the interior of Sindh forts, there are a number of historical places in Sindh. The Faiz Mahal is one of them, an entirely glorious architectural fort of Pakistan.

Faiz Mahal is located in Khairpur District in the Sindh province. This fort is believed to have been constructed over two hundred years ago.

Additionally, the magnificent piece of architecture was built by Talpur Mir’s.

In the fort, one can witness the beautiful royal garden and different building for different purposes.

Bala Hissar Castle



Peshawar is known for its amazing history and abounded with places that were once the residence of rulers.

Bala Hissar Castle is one of the oldest and modest forts of Peshawar, Khyber Phatunkhawn.

It was once the residence of Afghan kings, in the era of the Afghan Durrani Empire.

Above all, this fort faces many destruction and wars.

The last war was made by King Sher Shah Suri and was reconstructed by Mughal King Humayun.

Derawar Fort



Desert of the Cholistan and its mysteries places capture millions of tourist in its lap.

A mysterious Derawar fort that is visible from many miles is consist of 40 bastions.

The huge and gigantic walls cover the area of 1500m and its 30 meters high.

Rai Jajja Bhati of Jaisalmer built the fort. Moreover, it is located at a distance of 48 Km away from Dera Nawab Sahib, Bahawalpur.

The fort was the residence of both the royal family of Jaisalmer and Nawabs of Bahawalpur.

In addition, it is also the buried place of Nawabs and their acquaintance.

Ranikot Fort



Sindh is a piece of land heading back to 7000 years ago, so it has many archaeological sites, some of which are mysterious, and Rani Kot is one of its examples.

It is about 260km from Karachi. The journey is also very interesting and enjoyable as it covers most of the countryside.

After about driving of 3 hours, the Ranikot walls became visible.

Moreover, it is considered the largest Fort in the world. Moving forward on the link road, the amazing Ranikot appeared on the horizon. There are four main entrances to the fort.

Furthermore, it is about 9 km across and 13km around the outside, and sand wall stones are 6 meters in height.

One can have panoramic views of the landscapes around the fort by standing on its walls.

 Noor Mahal



The legendary Noor Mahal, which is situated in the heart of Bahawalpur, was constructed by Nawab Subah Sadiq IV during the British Era.

The fort was built in 1872 using all modern architectural techniques. However, it remained unused during their reign.

Any trip to Bahawalpur is incomplete without witnessing the glory of Noor Mehal.

Additionally, it is one of the hidden gems and is now open to the public to witness history.

Royal Fort Lahore



The list of Amazing Forts and Castles in Pakistan can never come to an end. But for now, one of the 10 places on our list is the Lahore Fort, commonly known as Shahi Qila.

A piece of art, architecture, and symbol of a dynasty joined together in this magnificent fort.

The fort is spread over 20 hectares, and Great Akbar built it. It is part of old Waleed city and has two gates.

Both gates open in different ways; one is in the Badshahi Mosque, and the second one is in the Walled City.

Sheesh Mahal, Alamgiri Gate, Naulakha pavilion, and Moti Masjid show the rich traditions of the Mughal dynasty.


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