It’s only tower, the “shikiari tower” is strategically built to hold a commanding view of the entire Hunza Valley. Hunza and its valley was constantly under threat of invasion from Kaivan Rus (Russian) and Chinese troops, Altit Fort with its commanding view gave the Altit army time to prepare their defense.
The tower not only served as a watch tower but also as a court of law where prisoners would be thrown over the sheer cliff to their death 1000 ft onto the rocks below.
Controversy surrounds the forts history as in the late 1540’s again family disputes shaped the valley of Hunza. This dispute between the two royal brothers, Prince Shah Abbas (Shabos), and Prince Ali Khan, saw the rise of another fort “Baltit” some 7 kilometres up the valley, this new fort soon became the new capital of Hunza under the rule of Shabos. The younger of the two brothers, Ali, made Altit his stronghold and launched many offensives against his brother. It is believed Shabos buried his younger brother, Ali, alive in the walls of the ‘Shikari Tower’