Rani Kot, Great Wall of Sindh

Rani Kot is a fort located in Jamshoro district of Sindh 34 kilometers south-west of Sann in the Kirthar Range. It is one of the largest forts of the world and the largest fort of Asia.Its structure and probable purpose of construction remides the people The Great Wall of China, hence it is also known as The Great Wall of Sindh or Deewar Sindh. Its perimeter is of about 26 km or 16 miles.It is spread over an area of approximately 100 square kilometers.The height of its walls are on the average 6 meters high and are made of gypsum and lime cut sandstone. It has been on the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 1993.Historians have made a lot of efforts but they have not reached to any consensus regarding the purpose and architects of this great fort

This fort is easily accessible from Karachi through the National Highway. After departing from Karachi and passing, head to Dadu through on the Indus Highway. The road is in excellent condition. It’s an hour-long journey to San A little further from the town there comes a diversion. A rusty board announces that Ranikot is some thirty km away. Even though the road is in pathetic condition, the distance can be covered in 30 to 40 minutes.

You will reach the eastern side of the fort through this road and the passage is known as “Sann Gate”. The walls here are in better condition. Climb up on both sides as it offers a panoramic view of the landscape. The metal road twists and turns and takes you to “Meeri”, a small fortress within the fort housing the royal quarters. From there, one can see “Shergarh”, another fortress, up in the mountain. Visiting Mohan Gate is a must. You have to drive first from the diversion leading to Meeri and after couple of kilometers, abandon the car and take a walk on a treacherous path.

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