Jammu province is quite underrated but there are so many places which are hidden gem and one of them is Poonch Fort. If you’re looking for Poonch Fort Jammu, then you’re in the right place. In this post, let’s see all the information about the fort.
I visit Poonch every 2 years as some of my relatives live there. Whenever I go there one of my favorite places is the Poonch Fort. It’s so beautiful and has wonderful European architecture. I talked to locals and got to know about the history and other information about the fort.
Poonch Fort or Qilla is located in the Poonch district, J&K, and at a distance of 232 KM from Jammu City. The fort is surrounded by dry ditches and the height of the wall is 35 ft. The fort has a temple, mosque, and gurudwara together inside which makes it quite famous and peaceful. The architecture of the fort is European and was designed by a European Architect.
This fort has a very interesting history and architecture. I have provided all the information you will need to know about Poonch Fort. So without wasting any time, let’s start by seeing the history of the fort.
History of Poonch Fort
Poonch Fort was built was Rustum Khan in 1779 A.D. Initially, the construction of the fort was started by the father of Rustum Khan, Abdul Razaq in 1701 A.D. It is also known by the name Poonch Qila. The fort has a very unique history as it was owned by Muslim, Sikh, and Hindu rulers during different timelines.
When I got talked to locals near the fort, I came to know a very interesting fact about the fort. They told me that Rustum Khan was so impressed by the architect Raja Moti Singh that he kept renovating the fort for almost 39 years. This architecture of the fort was based on European patterns.
According to locals, the north-western part of the building was constructed by Sikhs whereas the main building was constructed by the descendants of the Dogra Ruler Raja Dhian Singh (brother of Maharaja Gulab Singh). The main attraction of the fort is the durbar and it was constructed by the Raja Moti Singh in the 19th century with the help of a European architect.
The fort was isolated and affected during the Indian partition in the year 1947. Later in the year 2005, an earthquake also affected it a lot, and before that the rooms in the fort were being used as government offices.
Poonch Fort Architecture
The architecture of Poonch Fort is of European style. The durbar is decorated with decorative features such as semi-circular arched openings, pediments, series of windows, and large arcaded colonnades. The fort’s architecture also features decorative pilasters, jhakoras and papier mache ceilings.
The fort spans across an area of 7,535 sq meters. There are nearly 89 rooms across all the 8 structures and 5 courtyards. The whole fort is mostly constructed of traditional bricks which are known as lakhori. The flooring was first done by timber but now replaced by RCC and PCC.
The walls have a thickness of 0.75 m and 0.90 m in the fort. The windows inside the fort are mostly traditional arched and of modern glazed designs. The floors of the terrace are lined with cement concrete.
How to Reach Poonch Fort
To reach Poonch Fort, take a taxi or bus from Jammu City. The nearest airport and railway station to reach Poonch Fort is in Jammu City at a distance of 232 KM. Taxi will usually charge Rs. 3000- 5000 to reach the fort from Jammu.
Poonch Fort Timings
Winter Timings: 10 am to 6 pm
Summer Timings: 9 am to 7 pm