Government to open Mughal Era Attock Fort for tourists.

TAXILA: Government to open Mughal Era Attock Fort for tourists. Under the multi-million Punjab Tourism for Economic Growth project, launched in collaboration with the World Bank, the Mughal Era Attock Fort – built during the reign of Akbar between 1581 to 1583 – will be turned into a tourist destination for the promotion of tourism.

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Tourism and Overseas Pakistanis Syed Zulfikar Bukhari along with officials from the World Bank, the departments of archaeology and tourism, and the local administration visited the fort to finalize the plan. Infrastructure will be improved in six different tourist spots of the province under the project.

The historical fort, located along the bank of the Indus River, will be opened to the public for the first time. Earlier, space was utilized for strategic purposes.

Mr. Bukhari said tourist facilities like boarding and lodging would be provided at the site, adding that as it stood so close to major cities including Islamabad, Rawalpindi, and Peshawar, the fort could serve as an ideal place for domestic travelers to stop by.

This historic fort, Attock Fort, is built along the Indus River`s bank but never has been utilized as a tourist spot, although it is an important locality for strategic purposes. While for the first time, now Attock Fort will be open to the public.

As per Mr. Bukhari, different hotels and resorts will be constructed around the Attock fort for encouraging the tourists to visit the place, also tourist facilities like lodging and boarding will be made available at the site.

He added that due to the proximity of Attock Fort with major cities like Islamabad, Peshawar, and Rawalpindi, the historical fort can be the source of attraction for residents of these cities and it can be a stop by option for domestic travelers.