|1997||Inscribed||Reasons for inscription|
|1992||Deferred||Await comparative study into Military Architecture of region|
|1991||Referred||Bureau - pending better protection and comparative examination of properties of this type in the geo-cultural area concerned.|Zafar Iqbal MBA PGCE DASE (UK and Pakaistan):
I am from Rohtas itself. We are very fortunate to have such a unique historical place as part of our Muslim heritage. Its architecture, planning, and shear size is amazing. One cannot comprehend how some 600 years ago when there was not any modern machinery in use, how Sher Shah's architects used their skills to build such a large fort on the edge of sharp hills with their high, thick walls. How did they carve out the Bawli, build the Sohail Gate, Shishi Gate and others? I encourage all readers to visit the place and appreciate its grandeur. I assure you will fall in love with the place.
Despite its positives, it has some negatives. Can we make a similar fort in today's age and at what cost? Obviously no.
This begs the question, what has the government done to preserve this National Heritage? It's no use repairing and patching up small pieces of the Fort with the help of NGO's instead of putting its own resources in use. What about repairing it in totality and maintaining it? The government with the assistance of UNESCO, international donors, should repair it and encourage tourism to the site. it should build and provide facilities for visitors including public conveniences, a rest house, parks, cafes, a good and reasonably priced restaurant, tourist information office and reading room?
Date posted: April 2013 Yasir Farooq (Pakistan):
My name is Yasir. I am working as trainer in Pakistan Telecom Company Limited (PTCL) in Islamabad. I have been visiting Jehlum for giving training to the PTCL workers (13 days) with my friend Farrukh Bashir.We visited Rohtas Fort today (28 march 20120. I rapidly fell in love by seeing it outside. It is an amazing place to visit; a glory of our past. The most amazing thing of the fort is its choice of place (who constructed the fort). It could be made on Tarakki Mountains for its high elevation. But considering the southern high dark stony edge (for defensive/safety) and Western River (for drinking, living water for man + animals) make sense. We were wondered how this fort would be build in this uneven and rocky surface. This place is watch worthy.
Date posted: March 2012 Pakistan Lover (South Korea):
I visited this glorious place many times. The last time I visited was arround 2002. This FORT is not only stone and mortor but the Glory of old days when muslims marked their way on world map. When I compare the history of the age when it was built and now, I feel like crying. Sooooo different. This FORT should be restored for the reason that its National Heritage but in my openion it should be restored to show this to our future generations that this is what our history is.Muslims have been the ruler of the world giving our coming generations confidance and courage to come up again to reveal the power of Islam. This 500 hundred year old FORT is message and a big question mark for our government. Why our bridges and buildings do not survive even for decades.
Date posted: July 2010 muhammad tariq (pakistan district rahim yar khan):
i visited rohtas fort on 20-05-10.it's very beautiful fort which reflects Muslim's deep interest in art& designing. but unfortunately our government is doing nothing for it's rehabilitation.
Date posted: May 2010 shazli bin nadeem ashraf (dina pakistan):
Well by seeing alot of comments on rohtas fort what can i say more about that it is simply a great place in myne hometown dina and i also really pleased to see alot of names of the people in comments history which i know personally i visited this fort last month somehow 16 aprail 2010 last time when myne university friend would visited myne city so i take him to there we all enjoyed that alot and i go there alot of times from childhood till now and i enjoyed very much all the time lastly..
Its really nice to know about you people some how a bit introduction of me so that if someone cnt knw would get me catch up..
I lived in hadalli dina approximately 1o km from fort by road and belongs to a well renowed family of Gujjars of jhelum CH muhammad Ashraf (late)tehsil naib nazim dina,chairman municipal commitee dina,president anjuman-e-behboodae mareezae etc..
I fell proud to know you all if you have any queries tell me up..
Date posted: May 2010 Maria Talha (Pakistan Islamabad):
I have personally visit to Rohtas Fort for two time and every time i wished i want to visit it again and again. it is really a unforgetable place. beutiful i have no words to discribe it
Date posted: January 2010 ambreen (pakistan):
I could not express my words about the glory of that ancient fort.it shows us the glory of great Muslim rulers in past.
it was our university trip and our plan was to visit Mangla power station.1st of all we visited Power station. then we move toward mangla lake for lunch, when we reached there mangla lake was closed because of its cleanliness issues. One of our teacher said that we must take our students to other visit worth place, and luckily, the nearest place was QILA ROHTAS(ROHTAS FORT). We were much disappointed that we couldn’t visit mangla lake, but Allah knows what is best. Oh is that Rohtas fort I couldn’t believe that it is situated in my country. Putting my hands on my mouth, I was shouting.i took some pictures of that great fort and wrote some hitory of rhtas fort in my diary i alway keep it with me. A great Fort accomplished by a great and glorious Muslin King SHER shah suri. If ever you pass through GT road you must visit that place.
Date posted: March 2009 IMRAN ASHRAF MALIK (Lahore, Pakistan.):
I visited this fort first time, i was very much amused to see this because it is a wonderfull building. To see this bueatiful fort it can be imagine that how much efforts were made to built this huge FORT.
It is really an ASSEST for the country.
One thing which was found very special for me that is a DEEP WELL in the fort which can be seen at bottom by 139 steps downward n it gives an idea that how much effort were put to dig that WELL. If you visit there then please dont run on the steps while comming up.
Date posted: August 2008 mohsin (pakistan):
We have just visited rohtas fort, place to be visited only after reading detail history only then one can enjoy. It has to be maintained a lot only then tourists will come now a days few visitors just come.
Date posted: June 2008 MALIK MUNAWAR HUSSAIN (ROHTASI) (pakistan):
slaam 2 all readers. i born in thi scity about which you r reading.it is really an amazing place to see.speacilly it attrects thos peoples who are intrested in world history, islamic or mughals history.resently in 2008,govt and many NGO's are working wel forthe beterment of this world harritage.i requist all thos who vist this fort for not to distory or demage this fort.bcoz our hero made this with vvv keen intrurst.
Date posted: June 2008 maria (mirpur ajk):
our college took one day tour from mirpur to rohtas fort. first time i go there it was amazing i liked it very much rohtas fort magnificient place and suggest allof u visit there it is amzing place for gain information and picnic
Date posted: May 2008 Tayyba Shoukat (U.S.A):
Hey there my name is Tayyba ans I am from U.S. I went to Pakistan on october 2007 for a five month visit. While I was over there, my uncle one day made a plan to take the entire family out for some family quality time. All he told us was that he will show us a historical building. I wasnt very excited to go because I had no idea what I will expect to see. So the next day we got ready, to go, I, still hesitant to go, go anyway. I took my camera and a pocket size sketckbook, that I take with me wherever I go. So when we got there, first of all I was extemely beyond exccited. My mouth was unintentially wide open untill my sister reminded me. The whole time I was thinking OH YES THIS IS TOTTALY WORTH IT an I coludnt wait to go inside and see more. Since I love ancient ruins and Qilas. As soon as we went inside, I qickly took out my camera and started taking pictures. But then unfortunately my batteries died. That was diappointing. So time came for plan B, I took out my sketchbook and sat on the higest part of the Qila and started sketching. It was so magical. The weather was perfect, wind was blowing, the sun was setting, and absolutely breathtaking view.
I was wishng to stay there longer. Since it was getting dark we had to leave. But every moment of my visit to the Qila Rohtas was wort it. Personally 1 day is not enough to see such beautiful Qila. But I captured enough memories that are going to stay with me forever. But one thing Qila needs to be taken care of so the future generation of Pakistan and the world can see What Pakistan has to offer. Love Pakistan Forever. God Bless
Date posted: May 2008 Hammad Shafique (Pakistan):
I visited Rohtas Fort when I went to Jhelum to visit Mangla Dam and Mirpur.It's so beautiful place that I can't imagine it.I advise you do visit this wonderful place.you will feel pleasure and happiness.
A wonder historical place. It needs to high light the location of Rohtas forte. I would request to the Government of Pakistan / Punjab to give some attention for the rehabilitation of this fort. There is only one entrance/ exit point which becomes an inconvenience during the peak hrs like Eid or other holdays. A few suggestions regarding rehabiliation are as under:-
1) Entrance and Exit points should be seperate.
2) A proper security arrangements in the fort and event on the link road from G.T. Road to Fort should be made.
3) A special grant for rehabilitation of Fort may be approved by the Federal Government to rehabilitate /renovate the fort in the comming budget.
4) Annual budget may be fixed to manage the running expenses.
5) A good restaurant may be opened / operated by PTDC inside the fort.
6) A motel should be built inside the fort where the local or foreign tourist can be accomodated against payment.
After meeting the above mentioned suggestions we can increase the income of Fort. But I dont know who will look and think about my suggestions.
it is such a magnificient place as is suffieceint to cast a spell on every viewer. I felt strange and wonderful while i was visiting it,though most parts of it have been ruined yet it still is showing the royalty and management in art and beauty. so every person in Pakistan or who visits Pakistan must vist it and try tp explore the historical places like as these are our heritage.
The Rohtas Forte is a great monoment of a great muslim Afghani Conqurer the Sher Shah Soori who defeated the Second Temoori King(Mughal Emperor) Naseer ud Din Muhammad Humayu who saved his life by finding refuge in Iran.
The Forte rests in peace with the wilderness reflecting the great great Will of Sher Shah Suri.
its a wonderful place ,,i am living in islamabad its my good luck me visited their lot of time and in every visit its came in my eyes in diffrent mood and diffrent style ,just say its our responcebilty to check and take care of our golden heritage ,,thanks
i am from jhelum my name is nousheen and i like to go new places i never been to this but i would like to go and i like to make new friends to so do contact me and make me your friend .
it's a beautiful heritage from our ancestors so we should respect them.it is lovely.and if you get a chance to go over there please go and also submit your views after going.it is a lovely and informative place so please visit it. i take garatee that you'll enjoy! it is also a well known fort . so please please give your views so that the tourists see this sight and get more interest in our beautiful heritages
salam to every body
my name is shahid and doing MBA from Comsats lahore. i am highly fond of visiting old places. i have visited many places but rohtas forts tour is unfergetable for me.its building,surroundings, river,walls, city view all are amazing and unforgetable. it is one the best forts in pakistan. Govt of Pakistan should try to promote its worth among the tourists througout the world.
i am very much interested in muslim history in subcontinent.once i had a chance to visit this Great Fort. As i entered the fort i was greatly impressed to see this amazing fort. This is the masterpiece of muslim architecture.However the building is not today as at was at the time of its construction but still it has great impacts on the visitors.There is a need that Govt should withdraw irs attention toward its reformatoin to save this cultural heritage.
i will never forget Rohtas and always wish to visit it again.
i have seen rohtas so many times so that i can't remmember the exact number of my visits.it is truly a remarkable fort.every thing,the walls the gates,the palaces,the wells are the things really to watch.the construction work the design and matreials used are spectecular.a must see for every one.cheers
I belong from Rohtasm, actually Rohtas is my native village. A Great Place to visit & learn about the History.
Its world heritage & property of all ours, we have to protect it & take care of it. The fort is basically about the WAT among Mughals & Afghani Commander. The fort is build at very stretegic position, at a top roof of a muddy mountain. Very Giagantic Fort with Exclusive View from all around.
WELL I HAVE BEEN TO ROHTAS FORT MANY TIMES BUT THE FIRST TIME I WENT THERE WAS WITH MR. WAHEED UD DIN MY UNCLE WHO WAS WORKING WITH A OIL AND GAS EXPLORATION COMPANY AND THERE WERE N ROADS TO GET TO ROHTAS BUT 4X4 JEEPS WERE USED AND ONCE YOU GET IN TO THE FORT ITS A FEELING AWAY FROM THIS WOPELD AND ERA. ONE FINDS HIMSELF IN THE 15TH CENTURY AND WANTS NEVER TO COME BACK. RECENTLY I WAS DISAPPOINTED THAT THERE WERE SNAKES IN FORT WHICH WERE DANGEROUS AND CAN HARM TOURISTS. PAKISTAN GOVERNMENT SHOULD TAKE CARE OF KILLING THE SNAKES FROM THE FORT ATLEAST.
I visited Rohtas Fort in 1997 when there is only a way to reach Fort is "cross the river" woo wonderful. and now there is a good road and easy to reach that fort. Any way. Good place to c. bye
what a great place,i have been there many times as i have family that lives in the village within the boundaries of the fort. it is a place of immense beauty and tangible history,and the feeling of walking along the ruins is one of exhileration.
i feel that the potential of the area is untapped and it could be a much better advertised tourist attraction
It is has beautiful as they all say
As a child, I use to sit atop our house in Tamma Ajiab and just stir at this Qila 3 kilometers away.
I use to pretend it was my castle…… I have visited the fortress many times, every time it’s a new experience
I Have Visted Rohtas Fort in Jhelum.
It Is Very Good Place.
When You Sees It,You Feels hard Old Life.
It Is Remembers that is a past days.
MUHAMMAD MOHTASHIM ALI(Behrampur,DINA,JHELUM)
I am a resident of village Behrampur,Tehsil Dina.As a walking distance from village to rohtas fort is 45 minutes.My father has completed the secondary education from the Secondary school rohtas in 1970.From the early age i was very superized to see this marvoloue Historical fortification.In 1999 when i visited the fort,i saw some signes which may cause the damade to to fort.Firstly the Local Colony build with in the Rohtas have not given any importance to this fort.Instead of making preventive actions,they used the Stones of fort for home making which was the bad signes. Now Government of pakistan has given the grant for its preventive maintenance by building roads,rest house and majour and minor repair.I have have a strong desire to see this fort again an again.I wish that this historic event must be visited by the people all around the world.
There are many places i visited in Pakistan but Rohtas Fort is world heritage and Historical place there is no like this .I belong to this area Distt Jhelum. We group of the friends every month , s last week holiday visite that place .Rohtas Fort is not only a Historical Place but also a natural beauties around it .One of the most is a Tilla Jugian 3300 feet high above see leval that is also away from Rohtas 28 km .Tilla Jugian is also a historiacal place of the Pakistan that is full of natural beauties and Jungile.
I suggest u if u not see this Fort u not see Pakistan.
I was really amazed and dumb founded to express my feelings after visiting the forte. The maginificient lay out of forte is something beyond description, especially the wonderful location of well. The serenity, atmoshphere and structure are reflective of past glory which should be preserved at all costs as it would be the greatest tribute to valiant warrior Shair Shah Suri.
It is really a remarkable and historical fort.I visited the fort in 1998.I enjoyed that tour with my frnds and till remember.
Rohtas , A place I love to go again and again, I have lot of memories from this great place from childhood though I never spent more then one day there every time. My grand father (Nana) being living there till his death and this place being HEART AND SOUL for my Uncle Zafar (May Allah Bless him Jannah). I heard lot of stories from my mother how Rohtas use to be pre Indo-Pak partition.
I wish and welcome everyone to visit this HAVEN NEAR JHELUM
salaam to readers
i am student ,and i love visiting historical places,,but rotas is my heart favorit,,,,,,we should promtes our heritage,,,,,thanks
i have visit many places in pakistan but after visit rohtas fort my heart was full of joy. dear friend i read a book about rohtas fort in which the writer quotes that " rohtas has a magnetic attraction for its viewers " and i admit after visit this fascinating place
hi I m living near rohtas since18 years. It is great place in our surrounding and a place which take us back to the glory of muslims rulers.
Najam Zahoor (Pakistan):
I feel pleasuse to tell all of u that I live in a vilage which is locaten down fom the kila Rohatas it is a beautifyl qila I invite u to visit this fort & I pomiss u that u will not be displese with this fort any thing u want to know bout this fort u can question me on my emale adress Inshallah I will answer u.Because I Know better tHAN OTHER PEOPLE because I live there BY
Date posted: October 2006 Mr Chaudhry (Uk/Pakistan West-Punjab Jhelum/Gujrat/Chaj-Doab):
Hi to all...
I had pleasure of living in punjab for 3 years in my youth and visited Rohtas fort during Islamic month of Muharram. This is time when shias participate in their mourning of the Prophets grandchildren and Rohtas Fort is where they show their display and many non-shias as myself also congregarte for this event however the fort is huge and is a beautiful place to visit. Also Mangla Dam is not too far another place worth visiting if your in the area.
My regards to all!
Date posted: September 2006 Kanwar Mandeep Singh Lamba (India):
I was overwhelmed by the sight of the fort. Im a 28 year old sikh, and my ancestor Gen. Gurmukh Singh Lamma, a general in Maharaja Ranjeet Singh's army, conquered the fort, sometime in the 19th century, only to lose it to the dogras and again regained the control of the fort after Maharaja willed it to him. ( Punjab Cheif's, authored by British historian Sir Lepel H. Griffin) I have never been to Pakistan but its my ardent , burning desire to see the land of my ancestors particularly the Rohtas fort. Owing to the political hostility between India and Pakistan, I had some difficulty accessing the forts online. Insha Allah,,I'll pay homage to the land of my forefathers personally.
Date posted: August 2006 sharjeel arshad (pakistan but living in united states):
hi my name is sharjeel arshad and i am the son of fort rohtas my dad side family is from rohtas and i always visited there. it is a beautiful place and lovely place to live. the people are nice and the places itself has so much attraction. the taste of the food is so good that i can't even explain. the street, little houses, schools and the fort.
Date posted: August 2006 Ahsan Rashid (Pakistan):
I am delighted to see so many friends from Rohtas. My story is not an exception. I also belong to Rohtas, though I have never lived in. My father was born there and completed his education from Rohtas.
Since childhood my father took us to Rohtas and showed his old school, madrissah and living place. Its a very special place for me. Now I am abroad but the most I miss here is Rohtas fort's pleasant & fresh breese. One certainly feels his soul been taken to some other era of peace where the time has its own pace.
I would like to focus everyones attention to the environmental issue which created due to the large number of visitors. Now you can see shopping bags, pet bottles and other wastes everywhere. The visitors and the management authorities must take responsibility to keep the nature clean.
Date posted: June 2006 Sham Shah Suri (England (Slough)):
I have been to rohtas several times and every time I went I deiscovered something new. Its the best place to visit in Pakistan and trust me I've been almost everywhere. Not just the fort, the history behind it is phenomenol. Unbelievable achievements by great Sher Shah Suri. I've read many books on rohtas and every book tells you something new. Fantastic place to visit specially in summer. Enjoy!!!!!!
Date posted: May 2006 Tanveer (Bristol, UK):
I recently visited Pakistan having moved to the UK five years ago. I visited Fort Rohtas where I spent the day with family admiring the truly captivating architecture, which is just bursting with history.
Having lived in Chak Akka for over twenty years, I cannot believe I waited this long to explore it. I enjoyed a family picnic on the grounds soaking in the atmosphere & admiring the wonderful views. This was followed by a tour of the Well and a closer look at some of the architecture. There is just far too much to see to pack it all into one day. I hope to visit this place again the next time I am in Pakistan to explore the remainder!!
Date posted: May 2006 zaheer akhtar (manchester 8 uk):
hi my name is Zaheer Aktar. i was born in the Village Rohtas. and had my upbringing there it is a most beautiful place all my family live there my father is well known teacher. i would recommend everyone to visit this place it has lot of hiostory and wonderful places to see. now there is a bridge and easy raod access not like many years ago when ther was no roads and poeple travelled by foot and had to cross a big canal. i was married 15 years ago and came to england but have visited back home lots of times.
Date posted: May 2006 Imran Zafeer (Pakistan):
Well what to say about the Rohtas Fort...simply enigmatic. I had just came from the fort after an official tour for a photo shoot. The place was just amazing and had an air about it. Though its current shape really made me think if we can't save our past Lord help our future. The Baoli was one of those architectures that really capture you by your soul. The landscape is just breath taking. I would love to contribute in anyway possible if we are restoring it.
Date posted: April 2006 nausheen yusuf (pakistan):
Since my childhood i had loved the Rohtas Fort and always longed to visit it.i collected many things about it and knew each and every part of the fort. when i became a school teacher i was to take the students for a trip. i decided to take them to Rohtas Fort. i felt as if i had traveled in the glorious past the moment the bus entered the beautiful fort. the stairs and rooms made me wish that had i been there and drank water from the baoli. but its deteriorating condition saddenede me. but when i heard that it is being renovated i was delighted. i wish that it is preserved properly and people start loving going there for visit. i wish i can go there again.
Date posted: April 2006 Mumtaz Fazal ur Rehman (Pakistan):
I belong to Rohtas. My family is well popular in Rohtas. My Grand Father Malik Najeeb u Ullaha was the very popular persanailty in Rohtas he do so much social work there, such as education, wate supply, electricity, and bridge.The Rohtas Forte is the great historical place in the world but I want to say that it is the one of grand place in the world such as Ehram e Misar. I invite all the world to visit the such a great city. Because (JIS NEY ROHTAS NAHEE DEKHA OH JAMEA NEY) thanks
Date posted: March 2006 Sajjad Hussain (Pakistan):
It is such a magnificent piece of history and architecture some 500 years before. It is astonishing to see such a beautiful place encircled by a stream (approx 2 KM wide) and high n difficult mountains.
Purpose of Fort is very evident that is Military built by Sher Shah Suri a Afghan who is also the maker of GT Road from Kabul to Dehli.
It has very easy access while you on travel in Pakistan on GT Road passing through Jhelum.
A MUST SEE IF YOU CAN.
Date posted: March 2006 junaid (pakistan):
Hello my name is junaid.i m from punjab.Last year such thing happen that i went to my industrial tour to different cities.Thus we all friends planned to view Rohtas fort.Amazing,that was a fort that really i cannot describe
there you can see your life through your own way.i was very inspired to see all great walls,and also wells.that was alsointesting.such a nice place that i had been seen in my life.every one should go and visited that fort.words cannot describe.i have some pictures of that fort.if anyone wants Inshallah i will try my best to send them.allah hafiz
Date posted: February 2006 mushtaq ahmed (SLOUGH UK):
I live 3 km from qila rohtas it is a beautifull place to go there was no road to go to rohtas about 5 years ago but now there is a lovely rohtas road goes from G.T road dine to rohtas again best place in pakistan to see
Date posted: February 2006 Annuska (The Netherlands):
It was in the early 1990's when I went to Rohtas Fort. I found it an enriching experience and it is this place that triggered my passion to study ancient cultures. Rohtas Fort is a huge architecture wonder with secret open windows that look out onto a water way. I was very fond of the curved windows, and the way the wild grass flows together with the brick constructions. I would indeed recommend that you see this Fort. And I am very glad that UNESCO has acknowledged the importance of this site.
Date posted: October 2005 raja imran siddique (pakistan):
i loved the fort of rothas its. my mother land and my fore fathers lived in it. its my village i love it too much
Date posted: October 2005 RAJA IMRAN SIDDIQUE (Pakistan):
IN THE NAME OF ALLAH
ASSALAM O ALAKIUM.
HOW R U ALL.FIRST I INTRODUCE MY SELF,RAJA IMRAN SIDDIQUE IS MY NAME AND I BELONGS TO ROHTAS FORT.WE R LIVE IN FORT FROM THE FORE FATHERS AND WHEN EVER U VISIT THE ROHTAS U WILL THE BEAUTIFUL GATE NAME IS SOHAIL GATE AND NEAR MY HOME ALSO AND ALL THE HOMEs IS MY RELATIVE AND SPECIALLY THANKS TO MY GRAND FATHER RAJA ASHIQ HUSSAIN UNCLE.. BRIG(R)RAJA MOHAMMAD AFZAL. AND RAJA S0HAIL ASHIQ HE WORK TOO HARD FOR RECONSTRUCTION OF THE FORT.. I DID THE BUSINESS IN KARACHI WITH THE NAME OF MR.CHICKEN.... AND MY SUGGETION TO ALL OF U.. IF U HAVE TIME SHOULD VISIT THE PLACE WHICH CALLED BAMBORE... OLD NAME IS DEBAL.. WHERE MOHAMMAD BIN QASIM ATTACKEDIN 712A.D.. ITS NEAR TOO KARACHI ... MY CELL NO. IS 03003738397 ... HOPE FOR BEST WISHES .. ROHTAS IS MY HOMELAND BUT WE R PROUD ON IT.. THANKS
Date posted: October 2005 Muhammad Kaleem (Pakistan):
I've visited this place ist time and i was amazed to see its beauty.................wonderful place to see ..again n again.
Date posted: September 2005 Myra ():
i have just recently visited rohtas and it was absolutly beautiful and breath taking.i was there in april 2005 and it was jus a lovely place to be
Haleema Ali (London, UK):
It has been exactly 20yrs since I last saw Rohtas Fort. I was very young at the time and was completley amazed when I saw this historic sight. It was a lovely sunny day. I was staying with my mothers sister at the time in a near by village, and my cousins took me to see the fort. They were very well informed and were able to explain the history behind the fort to me. Some of the fort did seem somewhat spooky, with out a doubt it actually takes you back in to history. I would suggest that anyone who goes to Pakistan must visit this historic sight. Choose a day when the skys are clear, take with you plenty of water and wear some sensible shoes as there is a lot of walking, and also take a bottle of sun block if needed. You will enjoy and will want to go back, just like I do.
Muhammad Irfan Siddiqui (Canada):
I Visit Rohtas Fort in 1995 by the Govt EXCHANGE YOUTH PROGRAM, I have never seen such a historical place in my life, Ten year have been completed but still the memories in my mind like a newly born petal.
Muhammad Tayyab ():
writing about rohtas is marvelous what a grand thing it is .when ever a person put hi steps in the fort his mind takes him back to the time of sher shah suri. who would be people living in this wilderness wat would they may cherish at time wat would be their entertaiment how this fort of 4km in perimeter would be guarded it was worth while to visit the site. The haveli of man singh is also splended to visit do visit if u peoples have taste of class
wajid abbasi (Pakistan):
i visited to Qila Rohtas in 1989. i found it a great historical and a peaceful place. i have been in inter college jehlum and i have a lot of memories of jehlum
Hamed Gujjar (Aus-Pak):
rohtas is one of the most facinating n totally amazing peace of archtec, i visited it jan 2005, being a gujjar this castle is very much a part of our history, since it played a leading role in especially gujjar peoples lives n their journey into the gujrat region. Moerover being at the kilah rohtas on ca'nt stop his mind from imagining how would it been like when it was inhabited, trulley amazing..
for those who havent seen it i would ecourage u to to visit and enjoy it its a life time apportunity....
imran yasin (pakistan):
i live in village khukha which is about 5 kms west to rohtas,i visited this fort many times,and believe me it realy reflects the glory of muslim architecture not only its beutiful but it is as safe as anything military wise as well,it was about to become a ruined but then Archeoligical Departmet felt for it and now they are repairing it,but all in all it fascinates tourists,the only request to make too al the tourists is not to write names on the wall,when u get in there you could feel inside you and can immagine how this fort was like when Sher Shah ruled INDIA,the old paths are still there,the bareks for the army,the mosque,and its huge gates are still worth look.
REHANA KHAN (UK) (PK-PAKHWAL-JHELUM) ():
I visited Rohtas in 2000 with a group of relatives and i tell you it is the one of the most beautiful sights i have ever seen and the experience is awesome.
It is sad to know that the qila is wasting away the goverment should take action asap.
The goverment should realise that this qila is the biggest in the world, which is a big thing!
This qila should be saved and advertised all over the world and turned into a tourist attraction if the right people get involved qila Rohtas can become alive again!
RAZA UR REHMAN QAMAR ((Said Hussain) PAKISTAN):
I Live in a village "Said Hussain" very close to Rohtas fort. For me this fort is the most trust worthy friend. I am visiting this fort since my childhood. If anyone wants to see the most beautiful sun set on earth, just have a visit to Rohtas fort in the evening. Sit at the top of "Shair Pinjra". In front of you will be the "Ghan" and the settling sun.
I have seen the time when there were decorative strids in "Rani's Mehal". The western side was not as much destructed as it is now. In Recent years Govt.has started a programme to preserve the Rohtas fort. But its too late. This exercise should have been planned decades before. Presently aome tream of experts is trying to re-develop the destroyed parts. I Must say that their efforts are appriciable. They are trying to keep the original building structure.
The western portion which is very beautiful and is getting rapidly demaged needs an immediate attention.
Road and the bridge now invite lots of people to visit Rohtas fort. I suggest that funds generated from visitors fees must be honestly spent on rehabilitation of the fort.
There are beautiful landscape views when you are going to Rohtas by Road. Just have a stay over the top of Village "Rehana" and the senic beauty arround will capture you.
If some one like to have an adventureous vist then prefer to go by the Offroad track.You will be travelling through the "Nala Teen Pura" also known as "Kass". This track is suitable for Jeeps or Good Motor Bikes. Donot take risk to get on this track with small cars.
One thing which is always painful for me is that people visiting the fort recklessly spread arround the empty containers and packages. Specially the "Ba.wali" is almost filled up with this mess.
If anyone can dare to stay a little more late after eve,in the Rohtas fort in a full moon night,I gurrantee,he or she will be feeling like in love with the Rohtas fort.(Like i am).Its a safe place to stay a little late even.Now you will find Gaurds there as well.Besides the people at Rohtas are also very peaceful.
If you want to really enjoy your visit to the fort, plan a full day tour. This is a fort with hidden beauties. I have found a new look in it every time I visited.
Donot forget to to see the western portion. Besides the "Shahi Mosque" stairs lead to downwards. There you will find an excellent piece of romantic architectural art. You will find the Well (Dry Now) with windows opening inside the walls of Well. Most of it is though filled up with sand and soil but still, still its amazing.
Offer the prayer in Shahi Mosque and feel the dignity and peace in your heart for getting part of a history which is hundreds of years old.
Avoid to have visit in hot summer months specially May, June and July. Its built on a hilly area and and people get exhausted soon in summers. Keep in mind to wear some hiking shoes and easy dress because in Rohtas its plane stupidity to have a visit with drees/office shoes.
When you are in the fort, Let you mond free to feel its beauty.
Best wishes for your visit.
m.akhtar hussain (pakistan):
i visited first time this forte and find it a wonderful building of past history of great muslims ,it is really a great forte of the time and the spirit of sher shah suri.
CH. Mohammed Taj BA (London) Dhokri/Lungarpur Jhelum (UK):
i visited the great Rohtas Fort in july 2004 and found it to be an awesome awe-inspiring place. The breathtaking views of red sunset over the kahan is a view one can charish for life.
The fort is a prelude to the builders and architects of the time it was built. An individual can read and hear as much he/she about the great Rohtas fort. However it is only when one actually visits the fort that the magnitude and splandor of the place is felt, and it is such a great feeling.
A must for all Jhelumee families on a visit to Pakistan to take their children to the Great Rotas Fort and introduce them to the rich and sometime forgotten and under valued Pakistan heritage.
I visited the fort in August 2004. Absolutely wonderful place. You are amazed and spellbound by the history of the place.
ibrar hussain (england):
i went to rhota's fort in january 2004, it was the most amazing place i have ever been to, the magnitude of the fort was second to none. i was speechles by the beuty and history of the fort. when i return to pakistan i will definatley be going back to visit it again.it was a experiance i will never foget.
omer tipu (usa):
All I would say about the fort is that one has to go there in order to have the feel of the great king who built it.After visiting the fort only once , I realized that I need to go there again because I feel that there is still a lot that wanted me to know it better.Try being alone there.I assure you that the fort takes you back in the time when it was being built.
Sadhia Ali MSc (London):
I first went to Rohtas Fort in 1986. It was a lovely sunny day and me and my cousins walked throughthe Kahan to climb up to see the fort as there were no road links. I was only 12 at the time but I remember having great fun exploring all the different parts of the Fort. I again visited Pakistan in 1988 and went again. One never tires of Rohtas as it is a good day out with the family as well as being able to admire the architecture. As my family live in the village below Rohtas we have a splendid view of the fort and it is made even more spectacular at sunset and sunrise. There is now a bridge linking the road from Dina to the fort which is a bonus for tourism. I do hope to go when I next visit Pakistan. I think that the Government should help the local people of Rohtas to set up businesses/hotels for tourists as there is a shortage of facilities for tourists.
Mirza waseem iqbal (pakistan):
aoa dear viewers
i m mirza waseem iqbal i live in a village Motagharbi 4-5km away from rohtas.i visited many time the fort.it is very amazing place. u can spend the whole day there but still u will have more thrust for it.
try to visit this place as soon as possible.
entry fee is very nominal.dont worry about it. road is in very good condition.
Usama Yasin (Pakistan):
I live a small village called Watalian in jhelum RothasFort is on 2-3kilometers from our village many times i visited Rothas but every time i feel a new kind of happiness which is difficult to explain it vast area with lush greenery give me a new kind of life espacially Rothas "Amrasa" a special kind of a recipy is very delicius Rothas is full of turists in Muharam every people of this village where he is living come to rothas in muharam.
Salaam, I live In a small village called Ghagar Kalan,which is near Bagha which is right next to the Qila Rohtas,We can see it when we stand on our Khota,its an amazing view,i finally went there with my family this year and saw the Qila,we went walking from our house it took 45 mins,its fascinating when u see the ruins,,,....
nauman mehmood (pakistan(rohtas fort)):
i am nauman mehmood.i lives in rohtas fort.its aplace worth seeing.it was build by sher shah soori who defeated hamyuoon in 1540.it is said it was built in 3 years having the circumfrence of 4km.it has 12 entrance gate.although the people who made this glorious fort has gone past but it is the symbol of their dignity
anybody who wanted to visit the for dont hasitate to call me at +92541682550 for more information and as a guide.it would be my great pleasure to make u visit the bests of rohtas fort and the areas nearby.
Its a great fort. One Ashrafi (dinar) of gold was paid for each stone by contractor of Sher Shah Suri. If any one has any pictures, please send to firstname.lastname@example.org as attachment in JPG
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CH. MOHAMMED YAQOOB, B.Sc (Hons.), FCA, FPC (UK and PAKISTAN):
I am from Village Khukha, which is a couple of miles north Of Rohtas. On a clear day I can see the ramparts from my house and the site is stupendous. I highly recommend you to come and see it for your self. In my view no other fort in the world comes near to the shear size and scale of this place. The Govt. of Pakistan, with international assistance, should make greater efforts to preserve the site and encourage visitors, especially from abroad.
SOHAIL ANJUM (Pakistan):
A place of worth seeing in Pakistan built by Fareed Khan Sher shah suri is of great admire i visited it in this month of April 2004 with my 17 other companians its a great heritage of Pakistan plz preserv it so that foreigner come here for visit .
Akbar Aziz Burki (Islamabad, Pakistan):
I am a student of Muhammad Ali Jinnah University.I visited Rohtas as a part of my project with my class(MBA).Its a place worth visiting, the style of architecture, planning, giant walls, well, tombs,etc., are very interesting. We can't imagine that such a big construction can be done manually and in such a short time (8 years). We also saw work under process and there we got some idea, it was amazing, the skills of the locals are beyond imagination. We spent a whole day visiting the fort still we could not see only 60% of it, still we enjoyed alot. It was a memorable day. What we heard about Sher Shah Suri, was proved. We have been useing the GT Road(Grand Trunk Road) also built by him but we saw his taste of construction, it was great. I recomend that if you visit Pakistan try to visit Rohtas and Lahore fort I can asure you will enjoy a lot.
Thanks. Take care.
Kashif Raza (Saudi Arabia/Pakistan.):
Recently I swa the the rohtas fort 0h... Great Rohtas Fort. there is no boundres of my surprise. because it's look is so great, that you can feel the greatness of sher sha suri.
its amaizing. I saw many forts before in south asia but I found rohtas difrent from all. Pakistan Zindabad.
Last year i married my wife and her parents came from Jehlum and I went for visit her family there ,we where with the both family there and I saw Rothas Kila , My God I never saw such a amzaing Fort, me self I am an Mughal and am surpriced how I that time when there not machines people make these kind of buildings, just GREAT. Pakistan Zindabad.
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Well.. i live in Jhelum, got Jhelums First comprehensive website. well mostly people aware of it. I went Rohtas To take pictures. Its really a cool place. well i have to tell that there is another place called KITAS well it was in Jhelum Region but now in Chakwal Distt. ITs also very Fantastic place. and is old then the AC years. means more then 2004 years. the starting of Hinduism etc. Great temples etc.
Hope you people will explore it. if anything needed you people can contact me at my email.
SHahzad Khan (Jhelum)
Babar Hussain (Barcalona (Spain)):
Hello, i live in ROHTAS i live in the first mantion in front of 1 of the 12 gates of the KILA. i really like rohtas because my perants were born there and i was born in spain,anyway if u want to go to rohtas u should go through the new ROHTAS BRIDGE . WHO EVER IS READING THIS I AM TELLING U THAT U SHOULD GO AND VISIT IT .if u got to ask me any thing about ROHTAS FORT then u r most welcome : email@example.com
sadia naumaan qazi (jhelum,pakistan):
i atlast got a chance to visit the majestic fort of rohtas. i had been living in jhelum for about 9 yrs but hadn't gone to rohtas. i can't explain the feel i got there. the gigantic architecture tells the glory and dignity of its past. i was just lost in the beauty of the fort and touch each and every carving and wall with my hand and in me deepend my love for archaelogy. i welcome you to my homeland and ask you to see it if you really wanna see something...:-)
Saheeb Ahmed Kayani (PAKISTAN):
I visited Rhotas Fort in 1996 with my father for collecting information about this archeological site.My ancestral village is located opposite to this fort and has a very important link with the history of this fort as the inhabitants of this village belong to the tribe who were against the builder king Sher Shah Suri and tried hard to force him and his son to abandon this project.The folk tale of 'Sarang Khan' famous in Potohar is also incomplete without this fort as after his killing by Sher Shah's soldiers his remains were displayed on one of the fort's gates.Sarang Khan was a tribal elder of the rebel cast Ghakkars.These days reaching Rhotas Fort is easy and it didnot cost much.Do visit this magnificent architectural wonder.
sadia naumaan (jhelum,PAKISTAN):
i am living in jhelum right now.for several years i planned to go to rohtas fort but due to the bad conditions of the rohtas for i was unable to carry on to my exp3edition. but in my life time i managed to go to that gigantic and mysterious citadel and was speelbound to see the magnificient sight of the landscape and resting on that was the rohtas fort with all of its pride and arrogance. time may lead me to nowhere but i m lucky that in my lifetime i happened to restore this sight in my memory. i request all the people out there to visit rohtas fort,jhelum in punjab pakistan if they really wanna see some thing bewitching in archaeology
Tab Hunter (Canada/Pakistan):
I took a a one day tour from Islamabad for the Mangla area. The first stop was the Rohtas Fort. The road to Rohtas is excellent, and the a new bridge had been built. The site is awesome. Every quater there is a sound and light show, that gives the history of Sher Shah Suri. A must see when taking the Manla tour.
The Mangla Fort is another good sight. Captured from the Indians at partition, one is amazed how this could be done considering the fortication. The view and the scene of the the sorrounding area is breathtaking.
Water sport is provided. This consists of: use of the facilities,a boat ride, fishing ( licence and tackle provided), use of the one man and two man kayaks,and sailing. All this for a cost of Rs 500 approax. -- 10 US dollars. On payment para sailing,water skiing and speed boat rides are available for a minor cost.
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