Discovering Ranikot Fort Wall, the Largest Fort in the World

February 3, 2024 in Guest Trip Stories
Discovering Ranikot Fort Wall, the Largest Fort in the World
© Elena Scutaru

I don’t know how many forts you’ve ever seen or heard of that exist in the world, but have you ever encountered the largest one? It may or may not surprise you to know that the largest fort is not the Great Wall of China, which is actually a series of fortifications, but the Ranikot fort, also known as the Great Wall of Sindh, which is located in neighboring Pakistan.

No one knows exactly when was it built, or what was it built for, but it is quite something to see.

The fort has a total circumference of about 26 km, so perhaps it’s not quite the largest fort, but I would say that it’s the largest unknown and unexplored fort in the world. If you go to explore any other fort, you’ll usually find at least a couple of tourists. Well, this one has none. At least, when we were there, I saw more camels on the way than people, which means that you can enjoy the beauty of the fort and of the nature around it in silence.

Discovering Ranikot Fort Wall, the Largest Fort in the World

Discovering Ranikot Fort Wall, the Largest Fort in the World

Discovering Ranikot Fort Wall, the Largest Fort in the World

Discovering Ranikot Fort Wall, the Largest Fort in the World

The fort is quite a long way away, approximately 240 km from Karachi. There are no buses to take you there, so all you need is a car, some great friends to travel with, an Indiana Jones outfit, a bit of patience and lots of water. When I was there, the weather was suffocating -  it made it even quite difficult to climb the stairs of the fort. At some points we felt like fainting, which stopped us going further. 

Discovering Ranikot Fort Wall, the Largest Fort in the World

Discovering Ranikot Fort Wall, the Largest Fort in the World

Discovering Ranikot Fort Wall, the Largest Fort in the World

Although it’s a long way to travel, it is quite beautiful. The hilly area of the valley has awesome views and the hordes of camels follow as you go. And there is no one around, only beauty and silence.

Discovering Ranikot Fort Wall, the Largest Fort in the World

Discovering Ranikot Fort Wall, the Largest Fort in the World

Discovering Ranikot Fort Wall, the Largest Fort in the World

Discovering Ranikot Fort Wall, the Largest Fort in the World

Discovering Ranikot Fort Wall, the Largest Fort in the World

Discovering Ranikot Fort Wall, the Largest Fort in the World