Surprisngly, well preserved, Sanghani Fort stands at the junction of two
Ravines passing through Village Bewal, Gujar Khan near G.T Road. The Fort
Belongs to the Sikh Era and finds its contemporaries in the nearby Pharwala
and Rawat Forts. Its well preserved and cared for due to presence of the
shrine of Sahibzada Abdul Hakim who, according to the local traditions, had
migrated from Iran. His followers are managing his shrine situated on the
western side of the Fort. It is reported amongst local people that he was
fascinated by the lush green fields and the beauty of area and occupied the
Sanghani Fort as his abode.
A View of the Sanghni Fort on the Sanghni Mound
The Sanghani Fort is situated at the Pre Historic mound of Sanghani which
has Ancient remains dating back to 2nd Century B C.E. till 8th C.E. The Sikh
rule in this area dates back to 1765 when Gujar Singh Bhangi wrested power
from Ghakhars and established the strong Sikh Hold on the Area. The area
afterwards saw a very prosperous Sikh trader and land owner community thrive
in the area. The Area of Gujar Khan was deemed the biggest Market of Traders
in the Potohar Plateau surpassing in pomp and glory of the Cantonment
Capital Of Potohar Plateau, Rawalpindi during the British Raj.
The internal area of the fort, showing minarets of a recently built
It is said that Sanghani in ancient times meant small Fort. It was initially
build for small armed confident in Moghul Times. Later on, Sikhs Fortified
the fort into its current state. Fortification of the Sanghani Fort can be
viewed from quite far. Legends tell that this Fort was fortified by the
Sikhs by using the 200 Muslim Captives and was later used as a Jail by the
Ruling Sikhs. The Fort has Barracks and Bunkers build inside still intact.
The well kept towers and walls of the Fort
Shrine alongside old architecture of the Fort
An interesting narrative of the Sahibzada AbdulHakeem and establishing
his abode at Fort Sanghni as given by his followers
Fort Sanghnai is located at a picturesque location and is an admirably well
preserved fort as compared to other monuments of the nearby area.