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, 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.
To reach the top of the fort you need to trek for about an hour from the Qatilgah Main Bazar Skardu City. The ancient construct has many rooms and a spacious area covered by a wall. Many of the rooms were burned during the war of independence of Gilgit-Baltistan due to artillery fire. Large stones have been used to build the walls.
Above all, the use of wooden craftsmanship and artistic skills to build a castle is amazing. A water channel was built to a point near the fort from the Sadapara lake known as “Gango pi Khrongh”. After the Dogra rulers occupied the region, Persian was declared the official language of Baltistan. There is some text written in Persian and is fixed on one of the walls inside the Fort.