The Kharpocho Fort is a beautiful and historically important fort of the Baltistan region. It is located in the city of Skardu on a small hill surrounded by the Indus River, Pakistan's longest river" from one side and Skardu city from another side, only at a walking distance of half an hour from the main market of the Skardu city, Yadgar Chowk.
Construction of of the King of forts at Skardu has been attributed to the famous ruler of Skardu – Maqpoon Bugha (1490 – 1515 AD), the great grandfather of Ali Sher Khan Anchan (1560 – 1625 AD) by Hishmatullah.
But Mughal historians are of the view that the great fort was built by Ali Sher Khan Anchan himself. This view is upheld by European writers such as Cunningham, Foso Marine, and G.T. Vagne etc. Some observations about this fort have been made in the Imperial Gazetteer of British India. It states that one of the most famous of the Gralpos (Monarchs of Skardu), Ali Sher Khan, who ruled until the end of the 16th century, conquered Ladakh and built a fort at Skardu.
When there arose any chance of attack by other states, Raja moved here. As there was only one way to enter from town side, it was impossible to attack from another side because of the Indus River, this way used to lock during any attack and soldiers were put on duty at the entrance. All the communications were done through the underground way.
You can also take a bird-eye-view of whole Skardu city in a single glance from here.