Located in Arki town of Himachal Pradesh, Arki Fort is well known for its Murals & Roof Designs. Fort was built by Prithvi Singh Rana (1700), which was later captured by Gurkha Warriors in the year 1806. Gurkhas overwhelmed Arki till 1815 as their capital invading several regions of Himachal. Nauni Fort is one which witness the Gurkha Wars.  Later on, Rana Kishan Chand (1850), revamped this fort with Murals in pahari style which comes up with a mixture of both Mughal & Rajputana Architecture. At present, a part of fort is being served as a Heritage Hotel.

My trip started to this fort soon after visiting Shiva Tandav Gufa, Kunihar (20kms from Arki). It took us 1-2 hours to reach this place by car. At first, we got confused & headed to main market, whereas, entry to fort is right before you enter the Arki’s main bazaar. In short, just look for a petrol pump and get to its opposite side.

From main road, you will have to cover more 1 km (approx) towards the fort that welcomes you with gardens, seating and 2 dogs of course (may be barking at you).

Arki Fort Solan
If you are too tired of climbing up, this is for you [WITHOUT CHAIRS]
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Arki Fort, Heritage Hotel
Arki Fort Solan
This is where you are advised to stop and get a ticket worth Rs. 20 per person. Beware of these dogs, they act way too aggressive

Image with dogs & right above that are of residential building being used as Heritage Hotel. One person in charge who issued us tickets to get in, asked us to get with him, down to the fort.

Arki Fort Solan

I thought of him as a guide, which, he was not. He simply took us to the main door that leads to the fort interior and asked us to visit as quick as possible. I simply ignored his “as quick as possible” words though. While we were entering the fort, I thought of taking a picture from outside, but few govt. officials sitting beside stopped me from doing that. Later, I found out that these people have been training for Republic Day (26th Jan) & have implemented restrictions at several sites of the fort (especially from outside).

I got their point, so it was all okay which does not mean, I will look up for pictures on Google & post them here, I hate doing that too.

Well, finally we entered the fort, with my incoming jaw-dropping gesture. Oh my, I had never seen a fort which was decorated with such fine Murals, that are really rare to see. A fine piece of Rajputana + Mughal Architecture combination. This was hilarious which truly made my day and trip a worth one!

Arki Fort Solan

Arki Fort Solan

Arki Fort Solan

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Top view of a complete Fort
Arki Fort Solan
Battle scene from Ramayana
Arki Fort Solan
Two pehelwaans on Kushti playground
Arki Fort Solan
Britishers sailing (possibily around Bay of Bengal)
Arki Fort Solan
A War Scene

Likewise, there are numerous piece of such paintings which for a moment takes us back to those times. If you watch them closely, there is much better possibility of understanding the lives of people in that era. On the top of that, painting are much professional and accurate at object details.

Again, we were not allowed to take picture of front part (even from inside), so I just moved back a little, took this shot.

No! this is not illegal, at-last I had paid them 20 bucks.

Arki Fort Solan

Moving from one painting to another, we finally moved to the backside of fort, after taking permission from a corp standing beside who allowed us (Lucky We). At this site, we got ruins of a major part of fort and a temple under Banyan tree. Banyan tree is a sacred tree in Hinduism.

Arki Fort Solan

This temple is surrounded by roof-less ruins of another part of Arki Fort. Most of them are two storey and standing being ripped off.

Arki Fort Solan

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From them top!

Arki Fort Solan

Part in above picture have got a basement, with a partial roof standing with huge stems. Don’t try to walk on those partials as they may be just waiting for you help them fall down. Lol?

 

Well, these were all the things you may visit if you ever come to Arki Fort. Although, I recommend you to give it a try if you are nearby. When you get a ticket, they also gives you “Maharaja Namkeen” which you can enjoy at this spot. (right I’m sitting at) 😀

Arki Fort Solan
Maharaja Special Namkeen – Khao Maharajao ki tarah!