Shahi Qila in Jaunpur

Shahi Qila, Karar Fort, Shahi fort, Jaunpur fort – so many names given to the fort built in the 14th century, which is located close to the Shahi Bridge in Jaunpur.

Shahi Quila in Jaunpur

Shahi Qila Jaunpur History

The construction of the fort dates back to the year 1360. Sultan Firoz Shah Tughlaq built the fort with the materialistic input from the temples and palaces of Rathore kings (Kannauj). The fort was built on a mound of an already existing Kerar Kot. The fort was restored and developed further during the reign of Mughal Emperor Akbar.

Shahi Qila Jaunpur Architecture

You are welcomed by a huge entrance gate which is 14 meters high having chambers on both the sides. During the Mughal empire, Munim Khan, the Governor of Akbar, built an additional courtyard towards the eastern gateway having another 11 feet high entrance gate.

The fort is in the form of an irregular quadrangle having the main entrance gate in the east, and an additional exit in the west.

The gates, the walls and other structures are made of ashlar stones on outer side.

Bhool bhulaiya – It symbolizes a perfect Turkish bath, commonly known as Hammam. The hammam is partly underground having both inlet and outlet channels, hot and cold water, and the like.

The Mosque – The fort also has a mosque, which is built in Bengali style, consisting of three low domes. It has a 12 meters long pillar having a Persian inscription inscribed on it, telling the story of erection of the mosque in 1376 by Ibrahim Naib Barbak.

The outer gate has another inscription placed in the front which appeals to everyone as "Hindus to read the Gita and Muslims to read the Koran and Christians to read the Bible". The fort has found a place in the List of Monuments/Sites of Archaeological Survey of India of Directorate of Archaeology, U.P. and on List of Monuments of Archaeological Survey of India.

Shahi Qila Jaunpur Entrance Fee

The entrance is not free. The fee structure is different for Indians and foreigners. No fees charged to children up to 15 years.

Indian citizens and visitors from SAARC (Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Maldives) and BIMSTEC Countries (Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar and Thailand) – 5 INR per head.

Others -- US $2 or Indian 100 INR per head

Timings: The fort can be visited from 7.30 in the morning till 8.00 in the night.

Address: Shahi Quila, Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh

Accommodation near Shahi Qila Jaunpur

The ancient city of Jaunpur is slowly developing itself as a tourist spot, and you can find decent places to stay.

Hotel Raghuvanshi
T.D College Road, Olandganj
Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh 222002
Ph: 05452 265001
www.hotelraghuvanshi.in
Tariff: 1100 INR onwards

Hotel River View
Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh 222002
www.riverview-jaunpur.com
Ph: +91 919415207300
Tariff: 1000 INR onwards

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