Undoubtedly, Chandigarh holds the pride of being the first planned city. Also, it is known for its architecture internationally which makes it one of the most desirable tourist spots. But how many of us know the historical importance it withholds?
I bet, a very few of you know the great history associated with the presence of majestic forts in Chandigarh. Yes, forts! There are a number of forts in and around Chandigarh that can be explored next time you visit "The City Beautiful". You need not just add lakes and cafés to your bucket list when you plan your trip to Chandigarh. There is a lot more to explore. And when we say this, we mean it! Every time you go out on an exploration, you definitely find something new. And this, exactly, is the beauty of this place.
List of best forts in and around Chandigarh
The Fort Ramgarh
Just a few kilometres away from Chandigarh is the Fort Ramgarh situated on NH 73 which was ruled by Chandel Rajputs of Chandel dynasty. A 37 feet high wooden door welcomes you inside the fort. What's more? It is the tallest wooden door in India recognized by the prestigious "Limca Book of World Records". Trust me, you want to see this!!!
Location: NH 73, Sector 28, Panchkula
Mir Jafar Ali Fort or the Morni Fort lies atop of the Morni Hills. A ride with friends or a day out with family, this place will make your day memorable. And yes, don't forget to click pictures in this amazingly beautiful fort.
Location: Panchkula to Badiyal Main Road
Better identified as the 'Rang de Basanti' fort, Doraha Serai was built by the Mughal Emperor Jahangir. It is a beautiful work of architecture as we all know for we have seen it in RDB. And just imagine, what joy the real view will give you! So Chandigarhians, go and explore the unexplored!
Location: Mughal Saran, Saran Road, Doraha
The Bharatgarh Fort, built in the year 1783, is a residential fort, a portion of which has been made open to tourists in the form of a heritage homestay. To escape the chaos of the city and enjoy a wonderful time in Punjab, one should surely visit Bharathgarh Fort.
Location: Bharatgarh, Ropar
It is a gateway to Himachal Pradesh and 40 kilometres from Chandigarh. Not at all very far! The Fort was built in 1421 during the reign of Raja Bikram Chand. It is a beautiful place for a break from the hustle bustle of the cities. With its royal and beautiful interiors, it does not fail to take away people's hearts.
Location: Rajmahal, Solan, Nalagarh, Himachal Pradesh
Situated on a hillock at the foothills of the mighty Himalayas and dating back to the 15th century, Ramshehar Fort is a heritage getaway at Nalagarh. Just 60 kilometres away from Chandigarh, this beautiful Fort offers a panoramic view of the Shivalik Hills beyond the Sirsa River. TheFort has a series of structures that are mostly built in the Mughal style of architecture but elements of Hindu and even the British architecture cannot be ignored.
Location: Ramshehar, Nalagarh, Himachal Pradesh
This astonishing fort is situated in Mani Majra town of Chandigarh. It is over 360 years old and became popular with the shooting of Oscar winning movie 'Zero Dark Thirty'. You did not know this, right? Now you know! This fort is set amidst lush green surroundings and has an old world charm about it that you will fall in love with.
Location: Main Bazar, Manimajra, Panchkula
It is situated in the present sector-45 of Chandigarh (right, in the same sector you cross many times). It was built during the Mughal Period and at present, it is open to the public so that its historical value remains intact.
Location: Sector 45, Chandigarh