Pakistan has several forts, and one of them is Attock fort (Urdu: اٹک قلعہ) which was built near Attock Khurd during the empire of the great Mughal Akbar in 1583. The primary purpose of making the fort was to protect the passage of the Indus River under the supervision of Khwawja Shamsuddin. We would like to take you on this journey to explore this fantastic historical treasure in Pakistan. Are you excited? So let’s dive in.
History of Attock fort :
When we are exploring the historical place, it becomes necessary to know the history behind these walls. So we will explain to you its colossal story in short. On orders of Akbar, a fort was built. It was used as a defence from pillagers. Fort remained under the control of the Mughals till the 18th of century. This fort got conquered by Marathons in 1758. After a while, when they couldn’t hold on to it, the fort was seized by Sikhs. And then by the British in 1812, which further got occupied by Pakistan after the Indo-Pak partition 1947. The fort was handed over to the particular service group of the Pak army in 1956.
Construction of Attock fort:
The fort was built within two years (1581-1583). It covers the distance of 400 yards to 800 yards. The wall of the fort is around 1600 m long. It consists of several compartments and a total of four gates which are called Kabuli, Lahori, Mori and Delhi.
How to reach Attock Fort:
The fort is located between Peshawar and Indus river; it’s an 80km/two-hour drive from Islamabad (Capital city of Pakistan ) by road. The distance between fort and Islamabad can’t be covered by air as Attock doesn’t have an airport yet.
Tourism in Attock fort:
Earlier tourists were not allowed in the fort because it was only utilized as a military base. Still, it is reported that on the assistant of Prime Minister of Pakistan on 2nd February 2021 that the fort. It will be open for the citizens and become an excellent destination for tourism publicity in Pakistan.