Gondhla Fort – Only one fort in Lahaul and Spiti

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Location

The Gondhla fort is situated in Lahaul district of himachal pradesh. The Gondhla fort is situated 18 km away from Keylong. The altitude of Gondhla fort is 3160 m from sea level.

About

Lahaul has only one fort Gondhla. It was built by Raja Ram Singh of Kullu in 1700AD. The Gondhla fort is built with wood in the tower type architecture in front Chandra River across the valley.

Gondhla Fort Spiti Valley
Gondhla Fort Spiti Valley

Architecture of Gondhla Fort

The Gondhla fort is made of wood. The Gondhla fort is eight storey.The present Thakur Fateh Chand would like the tourists to believe the Fort is about 20 generations old. According to the District Gazateer of Lahul and Spiti  the fort was built in 1700 A.D by Raja Man singh of Kullu. The Raja Man singh married a daughter of the Gondhla family. The staircases of the Gondhla fort are partially notched wooden logs. The fifth storey was belong to the Thakur. The fifth storey is used by thakur for prayer and listen to public and later pronounce his judgement. The walls of the Gondhla fort is painted in stone colours. The facade of the Ganesha carved on the  prayer chamber. The window connecting to the outer room has excellent work of wood carving. The Gondla Fort has antique artifacts like bows arrows,quivers,catapults guns and canons beside age old costumes.

Festivels

The village gompa is of historiacal importance. Every year in the month of july a fair is held for two days. The first day famous Chham dance is perform. The large number of people come here to see this famous Chham dance.

How to access

By Air: The nearest airport is at Bhuntar.

By Train: The closest broad gauge railway station is at Chandigarh, while the closest narrow gauge railway station is at Joginder Nagar.

By Bus: Lahaul is well-connected by National Highway-21. To reach Spiti, you have to come from Manali via Rohtang Pass to Kaza. Himachal Pradesh state transport buses and other private buses are easily available for Lahul AND Spiti.

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