List of forts in Pakistan

The following is a partial list of forts and castles in Pakistan:

Name Location Province/Region Date of Completion Ownership / Built by Image Notes
Sialkot Fort Sialkot District Punjab 2nd Century Raja Sálbán
Al-Ror Sukkur District Sindh
Throchi Fort Kotli District Azad Kashmir 1460
Shagai Fort Khyber District Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 1927
Harkishan Garh Fort Haripur District Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 1822–23
Baghsar Fort[1] Samahni Valley, Bhimber Azad Kashmir Mughal Empire[2] Currently closed to visitors, due to it being right beside Line of Control between Pakistan and India.
Ramkot Fort Mirpur Azad Kashmir 16–17th Century Gakhars
Karjai Fort Khuiratta, Kotli District Azad Kashmir [3]
Red Fort, Muzaffarabad Muzaffarabad Azad Kashmir 1646 Sultan Muzaffar Khan Locally, it is known as the "Rutta Qila" or just "qila".
Zhob Fort[4] Zhob Balochistan 1867 British Raj Also known as Sandeman Fort.
Kalat Fort[5] Kalat Balochistan The town of Kalat is said to have been founded by and named Qalat-e Sewa (Sewa's Fort), after Sewa, a legendary hero of the Baloch people.
Punno Fort[6] Turbat Balochistan Also known as "Meeri Kalaat". Location 26°2′2″N 63°00′46″E / 26.03389°N 63.01278°E / 26.03389; 63.01278
Fort Munro D.G.Khan Punjab Pakistan 1800 John Munro, 9th of Teaninich Damis Lake, Fort Munro Locally, it is known as the "South Punjab Murree".
Sibi Fort[7] Sibi Balochistan
Baltit Fort Hunza Valley Gilgit Baltistan Since 2004, it has been on the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative list.
Skardu Fort Skardu Gilgit Baltistan
Altit Fort Altit, Hunza Valley Gilgit Baltistan 11th Century
Shigar Fort Shigar Gilgit Baltistan 17th Century Amacha Dynasty The Shigar Fort means The Fort on Rock.
Khaplu Fort Khaplu, Ghanche District Gilgit Baltistan It is locally known as Yabgo Khar, meaning "The fort on the roof".
Kalam Darchi Fort Misgar Valley, Gojal(Upper Hunza) Gilgit Baltistan 1933 British Raj This fort was named after a naked saint and was built by British soldiers during 1932–33 to check the invasion and inflow of people from China and USSR through Wahkan corridor. It remained the abode of Gilgit Scouts.[8]
Bala Hisar Fort Peshawar Khyber Pakhtunkhwa also known as Qila Balahisar
Chitral Fort[9] Chitral Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 35°51′19″N 71°47′30″E / 35.85528°N 71.79167°E / 35.85528; 71.79167
Mastuj Fort[10] Mastuj Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Drosh Fort Chitral Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Chakdarra Fort[11] Lower Dir District Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 1586 Mughal Empire The Mughals built a fort here in 1586, occupied in 1895 by the British, who built the present fort in 1896. 34°38′50″N 72°01′42″E / 34.64722°N 72.02833°E / 34.64722; 72.02833
Malakand Fort Malakand District Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Handyside Fort Kohat Khyber Pakhtunkhwa British Raj
Attock Fort Attock Khurd, Attock Punjab 1583 Mughal Emperor Akbar Attock Fort was built at Attock Khurd during the reign of Akbar the Great from 1581 to 1583 under the supervision of Khawaja Shamsuddin Khawafi to protect the passage of the River Indus.
Rohtas Fort Jhelum Punjab 16th Century Sher Shah Suri
Derawar Fort Bahawalpur Punjab Rajput
Lahore Fort Lahore Punjab 1605 Mughal Emperor Akbar
Malot Fort Chakwal Punjab 1527 Mughal Emperor Babur
Darbar Mahal[12] Bahawalpur Punjab
Pharwala Castle Rawalpindi Punjab 15th Century Gakhars
Sheikhupura Fort[13] Sheikhupura Punjab 1607 Mughal Emperor Jahangir
Multan Fort Multan Punjab 800 - 1000 BC The fort was destroyed by British forces.
Mankera Fort Mankera, Bhakkar District Punjab
Meer Garh Fort Meer Garh Punjab 29°10′26″N 72°37′15″E / 29.17389°N 72.62083°E / 29.17389; 72.62083
Marot Fort Marot Punjab [14] A ruined fortress town. 29°10′37″N 72°26′00″E / 29.17694°N 72.43333°E / 29.17694; 72.43333
Fort Abbas Fort Abbas Tehsil, Bahawalnagar District Punjab
Bavaani Fort Sahiwal Punjab
Shujabad Fort Shujabad Punjab
Nandana Fort Jhelum Punjab Al-Beruni (973-1053 AD), the celebrated traveler, historian, philosopher, mathematician, astronomer and scientist, came to the subcontinent in the period of Mehmood of Ghazni during the 11th century. It was at Nandana, that he measured the circumference of the earth.[15]
Satghara Okara District Punjab It is also believed to be the location of the tomb of Baloch king, Mir Chakar Rind (1468–1565).
Kot Diji Fort Kot Diji, Khairpur District Sindh 1795 Mir Sohrab Khan Talpur
Ranikot Fort Jamshoro District Sindh 17th Century Ranikot Fort is also known as The Great Wall of Sindh and is believed to be the world's largest fort with a circumference of approximately 26 kilometres (16 mi).[16] Since 1993, it has been on the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.[17]
Naukot Fort Tharparkar Sindh
Bukkur Fort Sukkur Sindh 27°41′46″N 68°53′3″E / 27.69611°N 68.88417°E / 27.69611; 68.88417
Sehwan Fort Sehwan Sharif Sindh
Qasim fort Karachi Sindh 18th Century CE Talpur dynasty
Pacco Qillo Hyderabad Sindh 1768 Mian Ghulam Shah Kalhoro
Umerkot Fort Umerkot Sindh Rajput
Kadiro Fort Sindh
Rawat Fort Islamabad Islamabad Capital Territory Gakhars
Jamrud Fort Jamrud, Khyber Agency Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 1836 Hari Singh Nalwa
Miranshah Fort Miranshah, North Waziristan Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Wana Fort Wana, Pakistan, South Waziristan Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Ali Masjid Fort Khyber Agency Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 1837 Dost Mohammad Khan
Islamgarh Fort Khanpur, Rahim Yar Khan District Punjab 1665 Raja Rawal Siri Bheem Singh [18]
Moj Garh Fort Bahawalnagar, Bahawalnagar District Punjab [19]
Bijnot Fort Cholistan Desert in Bahawalpur District Punjab
Deen Garh Fort [20]
Khair Garh Fort Khanpur, Rahim Yar Khan District Punjab
Nawan Kot Fort
Jaam Garh Fort
Khan Garh Fort Khanpur, Rahim Yar Khan District Punjab

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  3. ^ "قلعہ کرجائی | مرزا فرقان حنیف | آرٹیکل | پریس فار پیس". March 14, 2021.
  4. ^ "PakistanPaedia - Quetta".
  5. ^ "Kalat Fort".
  6. ^ Travel, Trango. "Pannu Fort Balochistan, Pakistan".
  7. ^ "The Historic Sibi Fort".
  8. ^ "Forts of Gilgit-Baltistan".
  9. ^ "Chitral 1895 - the fort under siege".
  10. ^ "Hindukush Heights".
  11. ^ "Forts of Pashtunkhwa :: Khyber.ORG". Archived from the original on August 3, 2012.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  12. ^ "The Bahawalpur Photo Gallery". Archived from the original on 2010-06-08. Retrieved 2010-06-19.
  13. ^ "Sheikhupura Fort".
  14. ^ "Online Background Check - Criminal History Background Check | Radaris".
  15. ^ "Nandana Fort". Archived from the original on 2012-04-24. Retrieved 2015-11-15.
  16. ^ Ondaatje, Christopher (May 1996). Sindh revisited: a journey in the footsteps of Captain Sir Richard Burton : 1842-1849, the India years. HarperCollins Publishers. p. 265. ISBN 978-0-00-255436-7.
  17. ^ "Ranikot Fort". UNESCO. Retrieved 20 November 2013.
  18. ^ Iqbal, Shahid (28 March 2002). "Islam Garh Fort out of sorts". DAWN.COM. RAHIM YAR KHAN. Retrieved 19 May 2017.
  19. ^ "Derelict Moj Garh Fort in desperate need of renovation". The Express Tribune. July 25, 2017.
  20. ^ "Documentry on Qila Deen Garh". Radio Pakistan. 30 May 2016. Retrieved 22 May 2017.

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