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Chitral Fort (Noghore)
Near the Shahi Mosque of Chitral on the right bank of the river, stranding the majestic Chitral fort, which has been witnessing the ups and downs of the history for centuries.
A fort with a rich past, especially in 1895, when a coup d’etat cost the life of the Mehtar (ruling chief) Nizam Ul Mulk, and his half brother Amir ul Mulk seized the Chitral fort, chronicle describes that Amir ul Mulk’s sister was married to Umra Khan, A local Chief of Dir & Bajaur, came across Lorai pass 3200 m, and siezed the Drosh Fort.
British Political Agent at Gilgit, Major George Robertson was sent by the government to report with 400 escorts to Chitral to report about the situationa,.
Umra Khan assisted Sher Afzal (so called Mehtar of Chitral) , who during his conquests after Bajaur and Dir made an excursion to Chitral and Chitral fort was under siege from 3 March till 19 April 1895.
British Garrison at Chitral Fort held out untill the approach of a small force under Colonel Kelly, which caused the invaders to withdraw as a result Umra Khan fled to Afghanistan and Sher Afzal was imprisoned.
A visit to fort may enable you to know about the chronicle of this area, the whisper of the olden days.
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Chitral was a Princely State in fact it remained so until 1961 in fact and the fort of Chital was the HQ so to speak. This place was the setting of a more or less famous British India battle in 1895. About 400 on the British side held out here in this fort and suffered heave casualties losing both British officers and over 100 Sikhs. Anyway they were finaly rescued and the britished posted forces here at this fort for many years. This area is Kafiristan as in The Man Who Would Be King" the short story by Rudyard Kipling concerning two British ex-soldiers who set off from 19th century British India in search of adventure and end up as kings of Kafiristan.
Great short video on the the siege of Chitral Fort
Chitral Travel Guide
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