Pharwala

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Pharwala Fort
Pharwala Fort.JPG
The Pharwala Fort as seen from other side of Swaan River
General information
Location Rawalpindi District, Pakistan
Coordinates 33°22′16″N 73°10′30″E / 33.371°N 73.175°E / 33.371; 73.175
Completed 15th Century

Pharwala is a historic fort located about 40 km from Rawalpindi in Punjab, Pakistan. It is naturally defended by one side by a small Himalayan range and the other by the Swaan River. It is a Gakhar fort built in the 15th century on the ruins of a 10th-century Hindu Shahi Fort. The Mughal Emperor Babur conquered the fort in 1519, however after the Mughals reconciled with the Gakhars the fort was returned to them.[1] Later, in 1825, Sikhs expelled Gakhars from this fort. The fort is in a bad shape, being situated in the Kahuta area, is only open for Pakistani visitors.[1]

A small community of Kiani Gakhar lives inside the fort these days. An old and huge Banyan tree is also found inside the fort. There is no road and electricity for the fort.

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