Poonch Fort in Jammu

Poonch Fort Overview

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Adding glory to the history-rich city of Poonch, the Poonch Fort is a beautiful place to visit. Sprawling across an area of 7,535 sq m, this grand historical edifice bears stories of periods under the rule of the Dogras, Sikhs and Muslims, within its thick walls. The foundation of this fort was laid in AD 1713 by Raja Abdul Razaq Khan, but the construction of the same was completed by his son Raja Rustam Khan, between AD 1760 and 1787.

The fort features a series of buildings that are arranged around four irregular courtyards. These structures belong to the distinct eras of Muslim rule, Sikh rule and Dogra rule. The main building displays influences of stylish Mughal architecture. When Sikh rulers governed the region, they added central block to it, which is built in typical Sikh architectural style.

Years after its construction, the fort was renovated by Raja Moti Singh (1850-1892), who brought a European architect for designing the front block. During the rule of Raja Baldev Singh, Poonch Fort was made the secretariat of the empire, while the official residence was shifted to Moti Mahal. At present, this fort stands as the pride of Poonch and is one of the city's main tourist attractions.

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    Poonch Fort, which is now more than 220 years old, shows off unique architecture. The exterior, gutted down structures and several artefacts in the interiors of this fort are worth clicking.

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Poonch Fort, Poonch, 185101, Jammu and Kashmir