Built by the Shah Jahan's Rajput Chief Jaspal Singh Pathania in 1505, Shahpurkandi Fort was built to protect regions of Nurpur and Kangra. Located at a distance of 7 kilometers from Pathankot, Shahpurkandi fort is a 16th century monument which is nestled at the foot of the majestic Himalayas. This monument dates back to 1505 A.D. and is named after the great Mughal emperor Shahjahan. This fort served as the last refuge of Ram Singh Pathania in 1848 AD when he rebelled against the atrocities of Britishers.
The Shahpurkandi Fort grandly presents the rich tradition and history of Pathankot. With a touch of uniqueness, this monument stands regally with its intricate carvings and magnificent construction offering a picturesque view of the Himalayan foothills and the dazzling river Ravi. The partially preserved ruins destroyed during the British rule are enough to speak for the glorious past of the Pathania dynasty. At present, the fort is the symbol of heroism and valor of the Rajput Chieftain who embraced death with lion’s heart. Though there are many mosques, temples and tombs near Gurdaspur, the Shahpurkandi fort solely remains the major tourist attraction of the city.