Lying around 25 kilometer to the south of Dharamshala, this is the largest fort in the Himalayan region and is also said to be the oldest fort in India. The fort was built by the Katoch Dynasty, the royal rajputs of Kangra state. The fort was heavily destroyed in the 1905 earthquake of the region, however, its charm still is unmatched. It is said that the fort had 21 wells, splashed with unfathomable quantities of treasure. 8 of these wells were looted by the Sultan of Ghazni whereas 5 more wells were excavated by the British. However, if the legend is to be believed, there are 8 more wells loaded with gold, diamonds and what-not, waiting to be found.
How to reach and what to do
The fort is around 45 minutes ride from Dharamshala and lies on the way to Kangra Airport, which makes it perfect to be visited on the last day of the trip, before hopping on to your return flight. It may take about 2 hours to completely explore the fort. There is a Museum in the adjoining premises, making it a double win for history enthusiasts.
*Tip* - It's very much advisable to wear comfortable footwear and carry at least 1 litres of water considering the little trek one has to do in order to reach the top of the fort.