This fort is called the Gateway-to-India. Originally built during the Kushan period along with the local King in the 1st century CE, and has existed in the present form for around 1000 years. This great fort is about 118 feet high is visible from a distance. The fort is surrounded by a dense population now.
Bathinda, now commercially important town of Punjab, has an obsure history. It was earlier called as Vikramgarh, later in the Mohammedan period it was called Tabar-Hind. This was transposed to become Bathinda. Also some documents record it as the earlier capital of Raja Jaipal of Kashmir, which was later captured by the Mahmud of Ghazni. In the mid 18th century, this fort came under the Maharaja of Patiala, and a Gurudwara was built in the fort to commemorate the visit of Guru Gobind Singh in 1707 CE.
This is also the Fort where the first empress of Delhi, Razia Sultana, was imprisoned.
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