"Chakwal-Fort Nandna, Baghanwala" Chakwal by 4x4Xplorer
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According to the map, Fort Nandna is towards the Southeast of Chakwal at a remote tip of Potohwar plateau. This plateau is at an altitude of 1500 ft to 2000 ft from sea level. Baghanwala—is a crescent shaped small valley at the base of ruins of Nandna Fort. Two structures of Fort are still standing with their structural details.
According to the legend, this Fort was built during Nandna Dynasty, dated back to about 360-321 BC. And as the legend has it, Kautiliya Chankyia- the intelligent political science graduate from Famous Taxila University of antiquity-- had an important post in the office of Raja Nandna. He was terminated on some charges and was declared wanted. He vanished in the jungle, in the mean time a commander of Raja Nandna named Chandragupta Mauryria too was dismissed and declared wanted.
The meeting of intelligent Chankyia and the acclimatized military commander made a winning combination against the Raja Nandna. Together the two gathered a small army to use it against the Raja. To their luck, Alexander was coming that way and already he had conquered Gandhara in 326 BC. Gandhara was located east of the Khyber Pass, which was the main route through the mountains into India for the armies invading from the West.
Chandragupta Mauyria met Alexander and wanted favour against the Nanda ruler but the meeting didn’t bear any fruit. Alexander, however, while on its way to conquer the world crossed the river Jhelum somewhere near to the Fort and defeated local prince, Raja Porus. Alexander left India in 325 BC and died two years later which weakened his vast Macedonian empire. In 321 BC, Chandragupta Mauryia with the help of Chankyia led a successful rebellion against the Nandna ruler. They defeated him, founded the Mauryian Dynasty, and defeated the Seleucids-- the successors of Alexander ruling this area.
Route-1--chakwal>Choa saidan shah>Ara Basharat> Baghanwala
Route-2--Chakwal>Shahsayed Bulho>Choa Gunj alishah>Ara Basharat >Baghanwala
Route-3-Chakwal >Choa>Khewra>Pinddadan khan>Baghanwala
Note: It is whole day trip. Vehicle/Motorbike goes only to baghanwala or Basharat. Then you have to hike to the ruins at least 2hours up and 2hours down. Take plenty of water/food. Don't go in rainy season....no approach.
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