Akhnoor Fort is on the banks of Chenab river in Jammu and Kashmir.
Once known as Asikni, this fort is a true gem of India’s rich cultural heritage. Built in 1762 by Raja Tegh Singh and completed by his successor, Raja Alam Singh, in 1802, this fort is brimming with history.
In 1822, Maharaja Ranjeet Singh crowned Maharaja Gulab Singh at the fort’s Jia Pota ghat, making it an even more important site. With high fortification walls and bastions, this fort is a formidable force, and the two-storey watch-towers at the corners are just the cherry on top.
As you explore the fort, you’ll find two parts separated by a wall with a gate leading to the palace on the southern side. The palace is a two-storey beauty, complete with decorated arches and stunning mural paintings. Whether you approach from the riversides or the northern side, you’ll be awestruck by the fort’s grandeur.
And the history doesn’t stop there! The fort sits on an ancient site, known as Manda, which has undergone limited excavation and exposed a three-fold sequence of cultures. From Harappan pottery to early historic finds and Kushana objects, this fort is a true treasure trove of India’s rich past.
Don’t miss out on the chance to experience this piece of history for yourself! Although a portion of the fort was in ruins, conservation work is underway to bring it back to its former glory. So, what are you waiting for? Plan your visit to Akhnoor Fort today!”