There is a dozen of forts in Gilgit-Baltistan because the region had been under the control of the Rajas (Monarchs) from Mughal era to the end of Maharaja rule. During the Mughal and Maharaja reigns, they use to appoint a Raja for every region which would be about a district size of nowadays. The Raja was the central authority of the region and he used to collect taxes and run the governance. Therefore every Raja would have a fort. Although there are a number of forts in the region but the following are prominent and famous forts.