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Faridkot Fort

Faridkot Fort is unique in the sense that it has been built entirely with Nanakshahi bricks and lime motor, lending a unique ambiance to the entire structure. European influence is evident in the exteriors, even though care has been taken to give the interiors a Rajasthani look.

The heavy wooden gate is 22 feet high and has a width of 14 feet. It stands as a mark of tribute to the valour of a brave Sikh community, which was known to protect its bastion with valour and courage every time someone tried to storm the fort.


Faridkot Fort is located 30 km south of the present town of Faridkot on NH 15. Interestingly, the town began to expand in 1837, just after the British decided to make it the capital of Faridkot.

Historically, the existence of Faridkot Fort has been cited to around 800 years ago when Raja Mokulsi decided to build the same on an area of 10 acres. The town around which the fort was build was appropriately named Mokulhar.

It was the visit of the great Sufi Saint Baba Farid that inspired the rulers to change the name of this town to Faridkot. The fort was reconstructed by Raja Hamir Singh in 1775 and eventually the same was surrendered to the British by Maharaja Ranjit Singh in 1809.


Apart from its ceiling patterns, the fort is known for its Sheesh Mahal, which has intricate glasswork done by skilled craftsmen. The Sheesh Mahal was used as a prayer room by members of the royal family.

Darbar Hall, which is part of the main building, is another worth mentioning part of the fort complex. The hall is 34 feet wide, 90 feet long and goes up to a height of 22 feet. The carved wooden panelling along with the marble floor adds a distinct Rajasthani influence to the whole ambiance.

Restoration Process

Maha Rawal Khewaji Trust has taken over restoration work within the fort complex. During its earlier days, residential colonies too existed within the fort complex. However, people started moving out and the fort today is a unique assemblage of cultural heritage of the royalty of Faridkot.

A museum is being created within the fort and will showcase a photo gallery with weapons and rare books of the royal period being displayed alongside.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Faridkot is from October to March.

How to Reach

Faridkot is located 425 km from New Delhi. The town can be reached through road, rail and air route comfortably.

By Air

The nearest airport is Raja Sansi which is located in the city of Amritsar around 125 km from Faridkot. Amritsar is well connected to other cities in the region and flights operate to and from New Delhi to Amritsar. Taxi is available at the airport for a comfortable ride to the Faridkot Fort.

By Rail

Faridkot is well connected by rail route to cities like New Delhi, Jaipur and Mumbai. Regular trains operate to cities within Punjab including Ferozepur and Bhatinda.

By Road

Faridkot is well served by state road transport corporation buses. Buses from cities like New Delhi, Amritsar and Chandigarh connect Faridkot making it a comfortable mode of travel for anyone heading towards Faridkot fort.

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