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Rohtas Fort

Rohtas View

Iconic and historical Rohtas Fort is located about 16 km northwest of Jhelum and 8 km from Dina, Punjab. It is a garrison fort built by the great Afghan king Sher Shah Suri. The fort is about 4 kilometers in circumference and the first example of the flourishing fusion of Pukhtun and Hindu architecture in the Indian Subcontinent. It was built on a small hill where the little Kahan river intersects another rainy stream called Parnal Khas and turns east towards Tilla Jogian Range. It is approximately 91 meters above its surroundings. It is 818 meters above sea level and wraps an area of 12.63 acres.

Sher Shah built this fort to block Emperor Humayun’s return to India after defeating him in the battle of Kanauj. This fort lies on the old GT road between the north (Afghanistan) to the Plains of Punjab. It barren the way from Peshawar to Lahore. The other motive was to restrain the local tribes of this Pothwar region called Gakhars who were allies of Humayun and refused their allegiance to Sher Shah Suri.

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