On the banks of the river Chenab is the
historical town of Akhnoor, home to the grand Akhnoor Fort built in 1802 by
Raja Alam Singh. The construction for this two-storeyed fort took 40 years to
be completed. And since 1982, it has been a topic of research at the
Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). Surveys have linked this fort back to the
Harappan civilization and Government of India has declared it a National
Monument Under Protection under the Monument Act, 1958.
The fortress was constructed in a way that would
protect its inhabitants. Hence, it is of great military significance. The
perimeter is guarded by two watchtowers built along thick walls, difficult to
penetrate. The courtyard is lined by decorative murals increasing the elegance
of the setting. You can experience the fort and all its grandiose by arriving
through the river or the North Gate. Get to the very top of the fort for an
exquisite view or the Shivalik and the Trikuta ranges of the Himalayan
The connections of this fort to the Harappan
civilization are because of the fact that it was built on top of the ruins of
the ancient town of Manda. The town of Manda was inhabited by the Kushana
dynasty, as per the archaeological surveys conducted there.
The Akhnoor Fort is a monument of national
significance in every form.