Hari Parbat Fort & Temple of Sharika Devi
The Mughal emperor's fort crowns the top of Hari
Parbat hill. There is little left of its former glory, but the ramparts
are still impressive and the old apartments within the fort, even though
in a state of ruin, still convey at least a little of the grandeur of the
Mughals summer retreat in 'paradise'.
The fort was later developed in 18th century by an
Afghan governor, Ata Mohammad Khan. The hill is considered sacred to the
Hindus due to the presence of Temple of Sharika, which is believed to be a
form of goddess Durga or Shakti. The wall around the hill was built by
Akbar in 1592-98 AD. The hill is surrounded by almond orchards, which make
a lovely sight during April when the trees blossom, heralding the advent
of spring in Kashmir.
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