Shigar Fort 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 its 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 is 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.
The fort has been bringing back by Aga Khan Cultural Service Pakistan. After reinstitution, the Fort was changed to a museum and opulence hotel running by Serena Hotels. The restoration operation occurred from 1999 to 2004 and worth around 1.4 million USD. More than 70% of the revenue is spent on the care of the people of Shigar valley and the castle.
This castle has been made a magnificent place for tourists also regarded as the protective heritage of the region’s heritage. The royal hall in it has been turned into a museum where old utensils, cabinets, jewelry, and royal letters are kept. The fort also has a historic mosque. There is a room in the garden about which it is famous that the Raja after the Polo match spent some time. The important thing is this room has twelve pillars.
This castle has three parts which are.
- Old house
- Regions heritage
- Garden house
There is a large tree in the Fort about which it is famous that after every 200 years it is on fire itself. Non-government organizations need to provide more opportunities to preserve historic buildings, just as the NGOs worked to secure the fort.