Chiktan Fort and Castle Ruins near Ladakh in Kargil

Chiktan Fort alias Chiktan Castle or Chiktan Khar is a fort in the Chiktan village near Ladakh in Kargil district, India.

Chiktan Fort – Image courtesy – wmf.org/project/chiktan-castle

This fort was a majestic fort, which is now ruined. The initial construction of the fort was started by Tahtah Khan, Prince of Baltistan. He who took shelter in this region after a failed attempt on his life, in the eighth century. Later on the fort and a palace (castle) was made in the 16th century. It served as the royal residence for centuries, for many a dynasties which ruled the areas.

The fort was neglected after it was attacked by Dogra King of Jammu, who destroyed the parts of the fort.  Thus the fort was abandoned in the late 19th century.

In the middle 20th century, the royal family used the stones from the fort for the construction of a new local government hospital in the area.  Seeing the negligence, local people also took the remaining wood and other things. Due t o these reasons and ageing, along with  the natural calamities over course of time, the fort was reduced to rubble.

This fortress is believed to be older than the Leh Palace.

This fort ruins are situated deep inside a valley, along the Indus river banks.  The palace was  a Masterpiece of the Tibetan Architecture, which is found in Lhasa (Tibet).  It is said that there was rotating wooden room, which  gets rotated due to the outside winds.

This fort can be combined as part of Ladakh tour. Your Ladakh trip will not be complete without visiting this magnificent fort ruins. This fort is not normally included in Ladakh tour packages. 

How to I Go to the Fort ruins near Ladakh in Kargil?

This ancient fort ruins are is at a distance of around 75 kilometers from Kargil.

Kargil was the the site of the last war between India and Pakistan. Kargil war or Kargil conflict occurred in 1999,  along the Line of Control (LOC).  It is known as “Operation Vijay” in Indian military terms.

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