Kamru Fort

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Kamru, Himachal Pradesh, India- 172106

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Situated at an altitude of 2600m above sea level in the beautiful Sangla Valley is the tower like Kamru fort in a village by the same name. The village of Kamru served as the ancient capital of the Bushahr Kingdom before it was moved to Sarahan. The fort stands tall amid the picturesque snowcapped mountains and the lush green forests nearby. The river Baspa flows nearby.

The Kamru Fort is a tower like structure and comprises of five stories that rest on a large square platform. It was built by the royals that ruled the kingdom of Bushahr. The fort reflects the vernacular hill architecture made in the Kathkuni style, which employs alternate layers of wood and stone. This construction style also makes the fort efficient against earthquakes which has helped it stand through time. The tower was designed as a defensive structure to be protected against attacks. The entrance to the fort is through series of gates. The intricately beautiful wood carvings here are a testimony to the fine craftsmanship of the builders. An idol of Kamakhya Devi is placed on the third floor and is believed to have been brought from Assam. There is also a shrine to Lord Badrinath here which has an immense significance among the local people. There are protruding balconies at the higher level. The fort provides scenic views of the surrounding landscape. The roofs of the fort are sloped and covered with slates.

The Kamru fort is a magnificent example of the local building traditions of Himachal Pradesh. The effectiveness of the construction techniques has helped the fort stand majestically in the earthquake prone Himalayan region. The shrines inside the fort are revered by the local people and have given importance to the fort. The fort was an important citadel of power and reflected the aspirations of the royalty. The fort remains enchanting to this day and is a place to visit.

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