Kusuk Fort Chakwal

Kusuk Fort - Sada Chakwal
Kusuk Fort near Watli – Choa Saidan Shah – Click Image to Enlarge

Kusuk Fort near Watli, Chua Saidan Shah, Salt Range, Chakwal. The site of an epic battle between the Janjua Sultan of Watli, Sultan Fateh Muhammad Khan and the Sikhs in the late 18th Century, where the Brave Janjua Sultan Fateh Muhammad Khan held off the sikhs for over 6 months in the almost impregnable fort. The Sikh forces “having failed to take the fort by assault and bombardment” for such a long period of time, the Maharaja offered terms to the Sultan who due to want of water for his subjects and garrison, finally agreed. Ranjit Singh also gave the salt mines of Khewra and 40 villages to the Sultan as compensation. His descendant, Sultan Raja Azmat Hayat served as a Member of the Provincial Assembly of Pakistan. Upon his death on 15 February 2003 his son Sultan Raja Azam Hayat succeeded the estate of Kusak Fort.

The journey to Kusuk can start from the Pindi-Lahore Motorway, where you travel some 30 km from Kalah Kahar toward Chua Saidan Shah and then onwards towards Watli for another 10 km. Crossing Watli you turn left towards Manhiala, which leads you to Kusuk village.

The Fort is built on what is known as a “Natural Fort”, a 200 ft granite rock with sheer falls on all sides.