If you are fond of traveling then you must visit Pakistan. Pakistan is one of those countries that exist with everything, whether it is about hill stations, historical places, forts, beaches and, tasty traditional foods and has blessed with four different kinds of weather. Pakistan is blessed with all these things and many more others. Well, Rohtas fort is one of them who has its unique history and if you are a foreigner and comes to Pakistan, then you must visit Rohtas fort. Rohtas fort is one of the monuments of King Sher Shah Suri.
When you can visit Rohtas Fort
You can visit this fort in all the seasons, but the most preferable weather like to be considered is spring and winter. If you want to visit this Fort so you must come somewhere at the time of winters and when the season of spring is going on.
Rohtas Fort is located near Jhelum in Punjab, Pakistan. Sher Shah Suri, an Afghan King, built this Fort, which is one of the magnificent and most massive forts in the Indian sub-continent.
Structural View of Rohtas Fort
It is one of the most beautiful forts. Its boundary till spreading up to the 4km.
GATES of Rohtas Fort
The Rohtas Fort has 12 gateways, and all gates are truly magnificent with their large 68 bastions and all of them are made with ashlar stone. Every gateway has its own story and named these gates based on their particular attributes like the most famous gates are the Sohail gate, Kashmiri gate, Sar, and Kabuli gate.
Sohail gate: Sohail gate is one of the essential and main gates of fort Rohtas, his name named after the name of virtuous man Sohail Bukhari. Who is buried near the bastions of the Sohail gate.
Kabuli Gate: The Kabuli gate opens towards Kabul, which is the capital of Afghanistan that’s why his name is Kabuli gate.
Kashmiri Gate: The Kashmiri gate has its own beauty. It is facing Kashmir, so his name is kept on the name of Kashmir that is called the Kashmiri gate.
Shishi Gate: This gate called the Shishi gate because of its unique glass tiles that reflect the light when it appears on the tile.
SAR gate: It is used to say SAR gate because the meaning of SAR is water and there is a water well near the gate so due to this reason this gate provided with the name of SAR
SHAHI MOSQUE: There is a mosque named Shahi Mosque nears Kabuli gate, which has a small prayer room, so if the visitors want to offer prayer so they can do offer prayer in the courtyard of the mosque.
WATER WELL (baoli)
There are three water wells made by the limestone in the fort
- A well is located in the middle of the fort which is used to supply water to soldiers and animals like horses and elephants.
- The second one is for the use of the Royal family, which is located near the Kabuli gate.
- While the third one near the SAR gate is most likely to use to provide water for soldiers.
Places should be more likely to visit?
The Rani Mahal is near Haveli Maan Singh. It had comprised of four rooms in a single-story structure but there is only room left still standing today, and the beauty of the room fascinates the visitors. Well, it’s not an original part of the fort but it’s just the model of Hindu architecture.
Haveli Maan Singh
The Haveli Maan Singh structure was made between 1550, and 1614 by raja Maan Singh, general of Akbar. The construction was beautifully done with bricks, and neatly plastered. It seems that it had four rooms in which one room is remaining. The balconies of Haveli Maan Singh give the view of all the fort, and this Haveli gives the instance of Hindu architecture.
1541 they started to work on the fort, and it took eight years for their completion. It was built under the supervision of Todar Mal Khatri. It was the first famous model of Hindu and Pashtun architecture. However, people of Gakkhar were not willing to work over there because of their labor wages, but soon they handled these difficult situations and with the consultation of King Sher Shah Suri and raise their daily wages to one Ashrafi. King Sher Shah Suri died before the completion of this fort.
WHY HE MADE THIS FORT
- Sher Shah Suri commanded to make this fort to stop the Mughal Emperor Humayun‘s return to India for his former Kingdom after the war of Kanauj
- And to take revenge from the Gakkhar tribes who were the old companion of Mughals.
But after the death of King Sher Shah Suri, Mughal emperor Humayun came back and ruled for the next 15 years.
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This article is by Muhammad Huzaifa Siddiquie, a content writer. He started his career recently in content writing and is very passionate about his work. He did a career-prep fellowship from AMAL ACADEMY, which is funded by SANDFORD UNIVERSITY and PEPSICO. In his journey with amal academy, he wrote many blogs. Recently, he did an internship in content writing from the International young psychologist society(IYPS) and became the intern of the Batch. And now he is a member of the IYPS content writing team.
Muhammad Huzaifa Siddiquie