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Red Fort

Located at a very scenic location along the bank of Neelam River.

In 1559 Chak rulers of Kashmir anticipated threat to the city from the Mughals and construction of the fort was initiated.

By keeping in view the strategic importance of a location in Muzaffarabad, a fort was built there on the rock, surrounded by Neelum River from three sides, Eastern, Northern and Western.

The Fort is known as Red Fort, Locally it is called the "Rutta Qila" or just "qila".

Red Fort or Muzaffarabad Fort is a fort built by the Chak rulers of Kashmir, Located at a very scenic location along the bank of Neelam River, in Muzaffarabad, Azad Kashmir.

Red Fort Muzaffarabad Azad Kashmir

Red Fort Muzaffarabad Azad Kashmir

The architecture of the fort shows that great experts in design and structure participated in its construction.

Construction

  • Chak rulers of Kashmir anticipated threat to the city from the Mughals and started the construction of a fort in 1559 at a strategic location.

  • The Mughal Empire annexed Kashmir in 1587, and the fort lost its importance, they were more interested in Kabul, Bokhara and Badakshan.

  • The construction of the fort was completed in 1646 in the reign of Sultan Muzaffar Khan, the founder of Muzaffarabad city.

  • Maharaja Gulab Signh and Ranbir Singh, the Dogra rulers, reconstructed and extended the fort for political and military operations.

Architecture and Design

  • The fort is surrounded on three sides by the Neelum River.

  • The fort has three levels, upper level, middle level and lower level.

  • Main Gate is on the South of the fort at the upper level.

  • The northern part of the fort is at lower level, had terraces with steps leading to the bank of the river.

  • The fort is facing west, towards the direction of the potential threat in sixteenth century.

Accessibility

  • Red Fort is located in Muzaffarabad City at a very scenic location along the bank of Neelam River and easily accessable through Neelum road.

  • Buses and minibuses make the scenic journey regularly from Islamabad to Muzaffarabad city.

Travel Tips

  • It can be an incredible journey, as long as you take the necessary precautions and heed weather warnings.

  • Always, check the forecasts, since the conditions can change very quickly.

  • Warm clothes and Raincoat are must, as the weather can change at any time.

  • Make sure you have your NIC, Passport, etc.

  • Much of the road trip is driven through remote lands, so be sure that your vehicle has passed all of its inspections and is well-equipped.

  • A Trekking pole and a good pair of climbing shoes or joggers are recommended.

  • To avoid de-hydration while trekking, mineral water is highly recommended.

  • Please keep the environment clean at all times, on the route and around the fort.