Rohtas Travel Guide

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    Passage leading to Sohail gate & Museum
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    Map of the fort - walled city
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Rohtas Things to Do

  • Rohtas Museum

    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...

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  • Unknown Mazar

    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...

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  • Salty Corner

    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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  • Rani Mahal

    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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  • Shahi Masjid

    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

    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...

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  • Gates

    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

    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...

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  • Fortification

    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...

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Rohtas Transportation

  • By Car

    To get there from Islamabad/Rawalpindi, drive east on the Grand Trunk (GT) Road. Appox. 100 km (1.5 hour drive) you will reach Dina. Past Dina, make a U-turn, and a sign on the left (next to a police station) will direct you towards Rohtas Fort, 7km from GT Road. The drive will take you trough the heartland of Jehlum district, surrounded by farm...

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  • Own car

    To get there from Islamabad/Rawalpindi, drive east on the Grand Trunk (GT) Road. Appox. 100 km (1.5 hour drive) you will reach Dina. Past Dina, make a U-turn, and a sign on the left (next to a police station) will direct you towards Rohtas Fort, 7km from GT Road. The drive will take you trough the heartland of Jehlum district, surrounded by farm...

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Rohtas Warnings and Dangers

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    by maztek Written Sep 26, 2007

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    Although it is really informative and exciting while you walk through the rough tracks, stairs and walls of the fort, you have to be very careful to check your steps while moving ahead. Most of the portions of the fort are damaged and loose tracks and broken bricks may create troubles for the elderly and hyper children. It is advisable to hold hands to counter the risk.

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Rohtas Tourist Traps

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    by maztek Written Sep 23, 2007

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    While you visit he fort must take someone as a guide who can speak local language. This will be very helpful. Although the area is very very safe but do not have lonely trips within the fort.

    Unique Suggestions: Just depend on faithful guide for any mishap.

    Fun Alternatives: Take sufficient boiled or mineral water alongwith some snacks to avoid the local food items.

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Rohtas Favorites

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    by maztek Written Sep 23, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Well ! while staying in Islamabad can depart for the fort in any type of transport and can reach within 2 to 3 hours. The road is Ok. Previously you had to drive through a river bed. The situation is now normal. It is a good drive. The area is plain generally and barren. It takes about 2 to 3 hours to visit the places inside fort. You always get a good guide(local) if already not having one. Food stalls can be seen in the area but it is advisable to carry your own haversack. Sept to April is favorable season for the visit.

    Fondest memory: Walking on the walls of Fort where ever possible.

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