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walk through / Achrol Fort

I’m sharing pictures of Achrol Fort and Achrol Palace, which is located 25 Km away from Jaipur on Jaipur-Delhi highway.

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Achrol Fort -from the distance!

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.

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small water reservoir meant to collect water from nearby hills at the base of Achrol Fort
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Way to the Achrol fort
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Look back at Achrol Fort
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Villagers worshiping at the entrance gate of Achrol Fort
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Deterioration everywhere. Achrol fort!
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inner defense wall. Inside Achrol Fort.
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Achrol fort – lack of attention & repair, evident everywhere!

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Achrol Fort -Poor restoration! bricks look out of place in the pillar. Heritage about to be lost!

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.

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Inside the Achrol Fort – Overgrown grass, damaged structures & walls convey a sad story!
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Achrol Fort, as seen from the road level.

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.

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Achrol haveli
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Notice the beautiful workmanship on the chhatri facade!
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Another angle shot of the beautiful Chhatri at Achrol haveli
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Frescoes and paintings inside a room, which now lies in ruins. Achrol Haveli

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!

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19 thoughts on “walk through / Achrol Fort

  1. I had discovered this fort by chance during my last trip to Jaipur and absolutely loved it! Wish it was in a better condition but then loved the fact that it was so secluded guess which will not be the case if it is restored. However, as per the locals now the palace in the village is getting converted to a hotel.

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    1. Well this fort like many other forts in the vicinity of Jaipur were strategic forts, quite small and not meant to house people. the palace as per my information is engaged in court battle and same was mentioned on front gate. the family who owns it runs a popular heritage haveli hotel in Jaipur city. Just out of curiosity, how did you find out about this fort? it’s not on a tourist map.

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      1. As I said I discovered it purely by chance. We were actually out for a day bike ride to Abhaneri but then that highway doesnt allow biked so just randomly googled forts on google maps and arrived at this one 🙂

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