Chiktan Fort, also known as Chiktan Khar, is a fort in the Chiktan village of Kargil district, India. It is located deep inside a valley, by the Indus river, with the mountains in the background. It was built the 16th century; today, the neglect and natural forces have reduced the fort to rubble.It is considered to be haunted.
Deep within the remote, mountainous region of
northern India, Chiktan Castle erupts from the mountainside, seemingly born out
of the cliff upon which it stands. Built in the 16th century by Balti
craftsmen, the castle served as a royal residence for centuries despite shifts
in rulers as the region was amalgamated with neighboring kingdoms.
Chiktan Castle is composed of rammed earth and
stone masonry with mud mortar. Following the designs of architect and carpenter
Shinkhen Chandan, the castle used timber to support the ceilings of the
structure as well as to frame the doors and windows.

Prepared for impending attacks, Chiktan Castle was
a symbol of unity, strength,brotherhood and community for the peoples of the
region. The castle was attacked several times during its history, but was not
abandoned until the late 19th century. Neglect and natural elements have left
the castle in an advanced state of decay. Large portions of the outer walls
have collapsed, partially due to the removal of stone in the mid 20th century
for a local government hospital.

As the capital of the Chiktan region, the castle
was a significant political center and military fortification, and remains an
important symbol of shared history and culture in the region.

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