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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holmertz (33585) 2013-12-10 2:34
This fort is magnificent, in fact all these buildings form a very impressive view. I had never heard of this before, on the other hand India has such a tremendously rich cultural heritage that probably nobody has a complete knowledge. You shot this from a good POV which also shows us the mountains behind the village. The light is well handled.
Noel_Byrne (16307) 2013-12-10 5:13
As you say, the survival of this structure, especially being wooden, is a testament to the craftsmanship of days gone. I doubt many buildings we erect today will be around in a hundred years, never mind 600!
This is a great point of view from which to take this capture as well, it gives a fin imposing sense and the person in foreground gives it great scale. It looks like it has fine decoration, which for me is unusual for a fortification. Once again, the dramatic backdrop of the mountains looks superb!
Thanks as always, great image and note.
All the best
Royaldevon (23448) 2013-12-10 6:42
Thank you for this most interesting information, all of which is quite new to me. This is just as intended ... learning about the world through photography.
The building looks imposing, from your viewpoint, and certainly seems to be keeping watch! The style is evident, so different from European castles!
Lovely sharp details of the f/g and an interesting mountainous b/g beyond.
My warm regards,
Silvio1953 (109427) 2013-12-10 7:27
Ciao Subho, great view of fantastic architecture, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
rychem (15524) 2013-12-10 9:00
Beautiful reportage photo, interesting old buildings with a rich history, well captured with a slope in the BG
mrichat (1601) 2013-12-10 19:21
thats a great coverage subho.very good presentation of that fort.well balanced light and sharp photo.valo chobi. tfs.
aleXundar (1256) 2013-12-10 23:26
This fort is not much photographed, perhaps the reason is 'there is no motorable road'. You took the trouble of trekking upto it and have been rewarded with a beautiful sight.
Thanks for sharing.
The perspective is perfect to record the layered structure... Inclusion of the man in fg is for scale... Very good balance with triangular roofs on both sides of the main structure --- and the hill in the background.
Very well composed, clear - with nice colors.
It is a 'complete' presentation.
subhendu_bagchi (23713) 2013-12-11 1:31
hello, this is more beautiful than your previous shot from this place. Great depth and sharpness. Like the colour tone of it. Very well done. Tfs.
Fis2 (78850) 2013-12-11 3:16
Good frame, colors and light.
I like it.
mirosu (10234) 2013-12-11 4:41
Many thanks for excellent educative note and for this beautiful photo.
These are excellently captured wooden houses from very well selected viewpoint. The view from lover angle makes the houses majestic and dominant. The man in front of the house adds nice life to the scene. The light is perfect, and the focusing with deep DOF excellent. Well done.
pajaran (44418) 2013-12-11 5:39
Dobar dan, popodne.
Interesantan i dobar tekst o starom utvrdjenju, sa opisom i istorijom ...
Dobra kompozicija i perspektiva, lepo pokazana stara arhitektura.
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lepe boje.
Ostalo je staro utvrdjenje i secanje na proslo vreme.
Lepo popodne i sve najbolje.
Good afternoon, this afternoon.
Interesting and good article about the old fortifications, with a description and history of ...
Good composition and perspective, beautiful old architecture is shown.
Good time recording and contrast, beautiful colors.
There's the old fort and the memory of the past tense.
Nice afternoon and all the best.
SnapRJW (26188) 2013-12-11 8:03
Hello Subho - A magnificent historic location and to a westerner's eyes quite amazing. I am struck by the elegance of the structures built in local materials and showcasing a traditional building form. Very interesting note too; together a very good TE contribution. Warm regards Rosemary
mcmtanyel (7384) 2013-12-11 22:10
This is what I love about TE: Traveling vicariously through others' eyes and learning about places that I wouldn't dream of going. A very nice photo accompanied by an informative note, TFS!
Nicou (109828) 2013-12-12 0:42
quelle vue et iamge sueprbe quel temple et ocmpo fantastique cpatage et ensemble avec le grand au milieu qui ressort et les deux autres et cette architecture sueprbe vue.
Bravo eta mitiť
adramad (32933) 2013-12-12 13:21
A sensational note, which we use to assess introducion and enjoy even more of this wonderful building 600 years old.
The POV is superb centering the magnificent building in the center of the image and houses on both sides, which increases the quaintness and charm of the place.
Wonderful places that we're showing, and with which we enjoyed.
An ideal color very natural.
The light is perfect, as is the sharpness to recreate every detail.
Have a good day.
All the best.
pierrefonds (52642) 2013-12-13 4:24
The distance between the village and the mountains is giving depth to the composition. The presence of the person is adding life to the scene. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the houses. The light has a good effect on the colors. Have a nice day.
Angshu (53681) 2013-12-20 4:08
A good postcard from Kamru...in fact in my Himachal travellogue, I did not post a Kamru shot, because they didn't come out well. I wanted to go up the tower to have a great view of the surroundings, the way people & guards used to have a century or so ago...alas that was not poissible