Gilgit-Baltistan is famous worldwide for its charming beauty and natural landscapes. Most importantly, the region is also familiar with its rich culture and antique architectural heritage, and archeology. 5 Forts in Gilgit-Baltistan are the most famous among them 3 are in the Baltistan region and 2 in Hunza. Forts in Gilgit-Baltistan are the top tourist points. All Tourists from Pakistan and foreign countries visit these Forts to observe the ancient architecture and culture. A brief intro of the 5 forts in Gilgit-Baltistan in this blog post although I have already completed a post on all of them.
Kharpocho fort is the ancient architecture of Skardu. Most importantly the whole of Skardu city can be seen from the top of Kharpocho. The Kharpocho Fort also known as Skardu Fort is situated in Skardu city, Gilgit Baltistan. Kharpocho means “King of Forts” in Balti and is an amazing sight for tourists. Fort stands at a height of about 40m above the city on a mountain. The fort is located on the bank of the Indus river. Near this Fort is the junction point of the Shigar river in the Indus river. This place has its own reputation, showing how the king and the queen used to live with their families.
King Ali Sher Khan Anchan built the fort in the late 16th century. The fort was used as a military front in many wars. During the war against the Dogra’s, the ruler of the region during the partition of the subcontinent, local forces realized the warfare and the location of the fort in the town. So they first occupied the fort to keep an eye likewise on the entrance and exit point of the Skardu city.
Altit Fort Hunza according to the verbal history is almost 900 years old. The Altit Fort is present almost 3 kilometers away from Karimabad on the bank of the Hunza River. Karimabad is the capital of Hunza valley. The word Altit means the lower side. Like other Forts in Gilgit Baltistan, this is also made of strong stones and wood. Below it, the Hunza river looks like bowing in front of Fort. Seeing its construction we can imagine how hard-working people they were. The Altit Fort has a magnificent view over the Hunza valley.
Shigar Fort is located in the Mal Shigar District, Gilgit Baltistan. Raja Hassan Khan Amacha, the Amacha Dynasty regime, builds this fort in the 17th century. This Fort is almost 400 years old. Wood, stone, and clay have been used in their construction. All the craftsmen from Kashmir were invited to build the fort along with them, local people also participated in the construction.
The Shigar Fort is also known as “Fongs Khar”. The word Fongs means large stone and Khar is Fort in Balti, the language of the Baltistan region. The Shigar Fort is a perfect rehabilitation of the original structure. This is Because the Fort is on top of a Rock. Almost 32Km away from Skardu city.