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    Rohtas Museum

    by besal Updated May 15, 2010

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    Situated above Sohail gate, the museum houses artifacts dating back from the time the fort was being built. Sher Shah Suri's sword, collection of old coins, holly book, armament, the first foundation stone and seal which was layed for the fort are housed in this museum.

    It is not that impressive but the complex where the museum is made is worth seeing.

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    Unknown Mazar

    by besal Updated May 15, 2010

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    No one knows how, but some small Mazars, of holly or revered men (?), are found inside the fort. This one is at the main entrance of the rohtas Museum, belonging to Baba Shah Chand Wali. People also flock to this mazar to offer prayers, and request favors.

    There is another small mazar situated on the right side of the Sohail gate, opposite of the museum.

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    Salty Corner

    by besal Updated May 15, 2010

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    There were several small packets of salt left here by visitors. The corner is situated south of the hanging chamber, and no one knows why or to whom this corner is dedicated.

    But for various people, this area is considered holly, and they leave salt, offer prayers and request for their needs to be fullfilled.

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    Shahi Masjid

    by besal Updated May 15, 2010

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    Shahi masjid is located near the Shahi gate on the west wall. It was in bad shape, however it looked as if the facade was being renovated. From here you can proceed to climb up on the wall (although there are other spots as well).

    When we visited this place in 2008, it was being repaired. And still is :)

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    Home Sweet Home...Kings quarter

    by besal Updated May 15, 2010

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    The residential are built by Sher Shah Suri were never occupied by its maker. Sadly Mr. Suri 'suffered' an accidental death (gun powder explosion) before the fort could be completed. However his nemesis, Moghul King Humayyun, SOB (son of Babar), father of Akbar, did visit this fort when he took his throne back from the Afghan King, and destroyed his abode.

    Some people are hell bent on taking revenge..WHY?

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    Gates

    by besal Updated May 15, 2010

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    There are 12 Gates around the fort protecting its entrance. Due to time and neglect, several of the gates have disappeared.

    The 12 Gates and its names are:
    Sohail Gate
    Shah Chandwali (Shahi) Gate
    Kabuli Gate
    Shishi Gate
    Langar Khani Gate
    Talaqi Gate
    Mori or Kashmiri Gate
    Khwas Khani Gate
    Gatali Gate
    Tulla Mori Gate
    Pipalwala Gate
    Sar Gate

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    Sweet Justice

    by besal Updated May 15, 2010

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    A King need his justice, and for this he has to have his own courts, prisions, and his execution chambers. Without the notion of justice, a king can not survive, as he has sole power on the soul of its subjects.

    Overlooking the plains is the hanging room, where the condemned prisoner had to walk several steps for his doom.

    Our guide also mentioned that the hole on top of this chamber was also used to throw the condemed prisoner down, where a lion waited impatiently for its meal.

    I guess the king had his choice of what he preferred that day?

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    Fortification

    by besal Updated May 15, 2010

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    This fort was made by Sher Shah Suri to protect himself from the Gakhars of this region. The main purpose of this fort was military only, and was his garrison.

    The boundry walls are spread around for 4km. On one side mountain ranges protects the fort, and on the other Kahan River. The fort is said to have never been conquered. This fort has a whole city inside its wall, where still several villagers live.

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    Rani Mahal

    by besal Updated May 15, 2010

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    Rani mahal is a small architectural piece, looks like a one-bedroom studio. Rani means Queen, but I seriously doubt that this was queens residential block.

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