The Poonch fort is a major attraction of Poonch city and its history dates back to 16th century A. D. The Poonch Qila was built by Raja Rustum Khan in 1713 AD. The construction of this fort took place many years with the effort of Raja Rustam Khan, who was a lover of architecture. The architecture of the fort is influenced by the Mughal architectural style. There were some changes made in the central block of the building, which were done in Sikh architectural style, during Sikh rule. The present structure of the front block of the fort was made by Raja Moti Singh, who hired a European architect.