Hari Parbat Fort is in Srinagar in Kashmir.
It looks like a crown jewel of Srinagar perched atop the mystical Sharika Hill. This Mughal fortress is not only a historical wonder, but also offers breathtaking views of the Dal Lake and Zarbarwan Mountain range.
But before you even reach the fort, the journey to the top is an adventure in itself. As you climb the hill, you’ll pass by sacred spiritual shrines that hold great significance to the Sikh, Hindu and Muslim communities. Tackle the hill from the south and marvel at the ornate domes of the Gurdwara Chatti Patshahi, or begin your ascent from Hawal and pay homage at the Sharika Temple.
Once you reach the fort, you’ll be transported back in time as you explore its defenses and chambers. Construction of the fort began in 1590 under Mughal emperor Akbar and was completed in 1808 under Shuja Shah Durrani. Recently opened to the public in 2014, you can now take a guided tour of the Kallai Ander and Badamvaer.
But the real treat is yet to come. After you’ve explored the fort, take a picnic to the park outside the walls and enjoy a meal beneath the heavy stone structure while taking in the panoramic views of Srinagar’s downtown district. Just a heads up, access to the fort may be limited, so make sure to check with tourism operators before visiting. Trust us, it’ll be worth the effort. Happy climbing!