I’m sharing pictures of Achrol Fort and Achrol Palace, which is located 25 Km away from Jaipur on Jaipur-Delhi highway.
The fort belongs to the Achrol Thikana family, which is extended family of Kachhawa rulers of Jaipur. No records related to the history of this fort are available except that Achrol thikana dates back to 1550 AD.
It seems some efforts were made for the restoration of the Achrol fort, but these efforts are poor and not in line with the procedures used by heritage restoration experts.
Achrol Palace is an old haveli located close to a path which leads to the Achrol Fort, inside Achrol village. Tucked away from the Jaipur-Delhi highway, the old Achrol village with few old havelis is pretty small. Areas adjacent to Jaipur-Delhi highway has grown considerably after the widening & development of NH-8 over the years but the old part still retains it’s own charm!
The fort had military & strategic importance while the Palace or haveli was used as a residential quarter. The front gate of this palace was closed. “court stay” …Someone had painted on the adjacent walls indicating that property was disputed.
As far as Achrol Fort history is concerned, Achrol fort seemed to have been built as a strategic fort on the Delhi-Jaipur Highway, and must have served as a forward post. The fort doesn’t have any residential quarters. Both the Achrol haveli and Achrol fort are in bad shape. Without urgent attention and restoration, they will be gone forever! Loss of heritage? Surely YES! Do note that when we visited Achrol Fort there were signs that this fort is used by anti-social elements.