This is the largest fort in the Himalayas. This may be amongst the oldest as well. It finds mention in the war records of Alexander the Great. It is situated around 20 kilometers from Dharamshala. This is a well maintained fort. A well designed audio guide is available for visitors.
During the course of its history, it saw ferocious wars being fought with Mahmud of Ghazni, Jehangir, the Gurkhas, Maharaja Ranjit Singh and finally, the British. The British occupied the fort till 1905, when it was heavily damaged by an earthquake.
There is a Jain temple and a Laxmi Narayan Temple within the fort's precints. The Laxmi Narayan Temple was a beautifully carved temple. This was almost completely damaged in the earthquake of 1905. Only the back facade of the temple remains. But it does give an idea of what the grandeur of the temple would have been in better times.
The fort provides some great views of the surrounding lush green valley and the Himalayan snow peaks in the distance.