Photographer's Note

The Kamru Fort is located in the village of Kamru just 2 kilometers away from the town of Sangla in the Baspa valley. There is no motorable road to the fort so one has to trek 2 kms. to the fort.
The fort is said to have been built in the 15th century by the rulers of the Bashahr dynasty. This was their original seat of control. The enthronement ceremony of the rulers of erstwhile Bashahr state used to be performed in this fort. They built the fort as a high watch tower to warn against any foreign invasions and also to store rations and provisions. It is a five storeyed tower-type fort resting on 55 sq feet stone platform and has commanding situation. It is a lofty square structure built of dressed stone bound at small intervals with wooden rafters. On the top of the tower there are two wooden verandahs beautifully decorated with wooden carvings. This fort has good collection of artifacts, stone sculptures, and many other antiquities which are not there for public viewing, but they are brought out and paraded on a few occasions during the year.
Entry to the main fort is not allowed but tourists can enter the fort complex provided they agree to wear the traditional Kinnauri cap and a belt made of cotton cloth on their waist.
The division between Hinduism and Buddhism is very thin in this area. So this fort complex actually built by Hindu rulers houses a statue of Kamakhya Devi ( a Hindu goddess) which was brought from Assam and also a magnificent statue of Lord Buddha.
The fort offers a magnificent bird's eye view of every nook and corner of the Baspa valley. The fact that the 600 years old fort made of stone and wood is still standing despite the inhospitable terrain and harsh weather conditions speaks volumes about the expertise of Indian craftsmen and artists in the bygone era.

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Additional Photos by Subho Banerjee (Subhogen) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 14 N: 901] (4043)
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