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.
Poor restoration! Bricks look out of place in these pillars. 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.
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 its 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.
A few individual trek operators have started taking people from Jaipur around Achrol fort for trekking and hiking expeditions and also rappeling. It is unfortunate that it is causing further damage to the fort and heritage as t is in a dilapidated state. Also, this fort is unsafe for rappelling. The local authorities must act fast and ensure that lives are not put in danger because of these activities. These forts are our heritage and not trekking or hiking spots. I will not recommend people to use Achrol fort as hiking and trekking place near Jaipur.