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Samode Travel Guide
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Samode Fact File

Location:

Rajasthan, India
42 Kms. From Jaipur and 265 Kms. From Delhi

Major Attractions:

Samode Palace and Samode Bagh

Must Experience:

Stay in Samode Palace and experience the royal lifestyle of Maharaja (Kings). Take a camel ride to nearby places and enjoy musical evening of folk dances and songs.

STD Code:

01423

Best Time to Visit:

October to March

Language:

Rajasthani, Hindi and English

Getting there:

Air: The nearest airport is at Jaipur (42 km), which is connected to major cities of India.
Train: Jaipur railway station is a major railhead near Samode. Trains are available from all important places of India to Jaipur.
Road: Samode is connected to Jaipur and other places in Rajasthan with good roads. The buses of Rajasthan State Transport Corporation and private operators run from nearby towns to Samode.

About Samode:
Samode is one of the most worth visiting destinations in the colorful Rajasthan, India. Samode is a pictorial town located near Jaipur and is well-known for its rich culture and art. If you like exploring and understanding the rural life of Rajasthan, then Samode is an ideal place for you.  Samode is fairly close to the Pink City, Jaipur – the capital of Rajasthan, India. It is located on the distance of 42 km from Jaipur, Rajasthan, India. This small village is famous for its haveli and fort. Samode was one of the princely place of Jaipur. It was built in the 19th century. The highlighting of the building is the exquisite Diwan-i-khas covered with original paintings and mirror work. Its an ideal spot for outings and for picnics.

Samode will be of great interest to those who value ancient art, culture and local handicraft works. The people of this region are quite hospitable and the impressive architectural wonders of this village including the mansions and forts have fascinated generations of tourists. The major attraction of Samode is Samode Palace. Almost all the major palaces of Rajasthan, India belong to Royal Family but Samode Palace does not belong to any royal family. It belongs to Rawal Family. Samode Palace is one of India's most charming and romantic hotels. It offers a quiet, elegant and luxurious atmosphere. Considered India's finest hotel for its consummate standards of modern hospitality, accommodation, services, cuisine and amenities, it is the flagship of the Samode Hotels. The winner of the award for the best Heritage hotel in the country, for 5 consecutive years, the Palace has been meticulously restored offering a retreat into an aesthetically beautiful environment where visitors can enjoy India's natural beauty and rich history. The Samode Palace comes into view like a mirage rising above cobbled streets and stone houses of the village of Samode. The Samode Palace hotel maintains an immutable majestic presence and is a touching reminder of the vision of its creators.

The Samode Palace is full of architectural delights. The birds, animals and flowers painted on the walls of the Sultan Mahal, the dining room with its stained glass windows and its collection of old family portraits, the Durbar Hall with its painted ceilings and intricately carved walls and beautiful chandeliers, give this palace its ethnic charm. Each room is done up in traditional Rajasthani style and the antique furniture blends well with the surroundings. A traditional welcome with camel carts, buggies, elephants and local musicians is organized on preference. The best way to explore Samode village is camel ride. It gives a mesmerizing experience.

During the day, a camel ride through the Samode village and the surrounding countryside is a good idea. Riding this gentle animal with its rocking gait is the best way to relax on a sunny morning. A real visit to Samode cannot be considered complete without a musical evening of folk dances and songs. Rajasthani bards and musicians with their colourful dresses and unusual musical instruments provide one of the best evenings one can have in India. The instruments include one-stringed fiddles, country violins, bagpipes made out of goatskin, castanets, Jew's harps, and even a one stringed instrument made out of a dried gourd. The villagers sing with plaintive abandon under the faint light of the crystal stars. A musical evening can be arranged at a short notice at the Samode Palace. You will definitely love the welcome change that this place has to offer as it is alien to the cacophony and rush of city life. Enjoy the colorful life of rural Rajasthan that will bring to light the traditions and culture of Rajasthan.

History of Samode:
Samode according to Rajputana it was a large town. The landlords of Samode the principal thakurs of the state of Amber were the Nathawat tracing their relation to Prithviraj Singhji. One of his son Gopalji was awarded Samode a noble feudatory of the Amber and Jaipur principality. It was among the wealthiest territories in the Amber kingdom. In1757 the territory was returned to Nathawats. For the first half existence of this palace was a little more than a fortified stronghold in the rugged Rajput tradition. In 19th century under Rawal did the castle begin to take on the lavish aspects. He reached distinction as the principal signatory of the historic 1818 treaty making Jaipur a protectorate of British East India Company. Then Samode Palace was transformed in to an one of the country's premium palace hotel in 1987. It was showing a perfect example of Rajput mughal architecture and built on small hillock and planned in a progression of courtyards of increasing height. Its a touching reminder of the vision of its creators.

Monuments and Places to Visit in Samode:

Samode Palace - During tours to Samode village don’t miss to visit Samode Palace. The most major attraction of Samode village is Samode Palace. Samode Palace dates back more than four and half centuries. Set proudly in the scenic rocky hills Samode Palace with its majestic grandeur attracts tourists from all around the world to travel in Samode. Almost all the elegant palaces of Rajasthan are associated with royal family but Samode Palace does not belong to royal family. It belongs to Rawal Family of Rajputs. The elegant Samode Palace has now been turned into a grand heritage palace hotel. While you will travel in Samode and visit to Samode Palace you will see Sultan Mahal on the first floor of Samode Palace. Sultan Mahal is a fantastic hall with a gorgeous marble pillared verandah. Decorated rooms and beautifully painted walls of this palace are worth visiting and admirable. Durbar Hall and Hall of Mirrors are also worth visiting and admirable. Large and tiny fragments of polished mirror are set into the plasterwork and reflect a thousand images of the person entering the room. At night a single candle flame can create the effect of a thousand stars.

Samode Fort - The Samode fort mostly in ruins is perched atop a hill near the Samode Palace. Samode Fort was the residence of the king before the construction of Samode Palace. The fort is in bad condition now, but it is worth a visit for getting splendid views of the surroundings. Walking among the ruins will take you to another era, in fact you will find a glimpse of the past that is still untouched.

Samode Bagh - Built more than 400 years ago by Rawal Sheo Singhji, it is modelled on the geometric style of the Mughal Garden. Members of the Samode family came here to enjoy rare moments of privacy and relax in the airy pavilions, surrounded by rippling water fountains. A special feature of the stay here is the accommodation being provided in the tents. Meeting point at the Bagh is the elegantly furnished Durbar tent. Dune coloured tents, all luxuriously furnished with every comfort, the lawns, fruit trees, grape vines, and the flowering shrubs make the stay here a memorable one. Evenings come alive with local folk music and dances in the magic of a camp fire. One can swim in the private pool or take camel rides to explore the countryside. Other entertainment activities available here include camel safaris, a visit to the village and the Samode Palace which is just 3 kms away.

Samode Haveli- Samode Haveli stands in the heart of the sprawling walled city of Jaipur, suffused with an atmosphere of quiet beauty. Once a royal residence, the Samode Haveli has now been converted into a hotel and stands today as the reminder of a halcyonic past, offering moments of subtle luxury.Samod Haveli is giving an ideal location to stay for those who would like to wander out and experience the history of the surrounding monuments and browse in the market places, with unique atmosphere of the contemporary and the historic ambience, offering a warm & friendly atmosphere with personalised service.

Hotel offers 22 well appointed rooms and suites designed and furnished with genuine antiques and fixtures, old family portraits with a separate dressing area. All the rooms are equipped with ensuite bathrooms with shower and tub with hot and cold water, air conditioning, and television with cable connection, telephones with international dialing facilities & many other facilities.

Excursions:

Shekhawati - Shekhawati is located about two and a half hours away from Samode. This small village is quite famous for its Havelis with murals and wall paintings. This place is also known as the living art gallery of the world by many experts.

Jaipur – Jaipur is the capital of Rajasthan and one of the most famous tourist destinations in India. There are palaces, forts, museums, and observatories throughout the city.

Climate:
Samode experiences an extreme climate with very hot summers and chilly winters. The maximum temperature of the village is recorded as 45ºC; whereas, the minimum temperature is known to be 5ºC. However, the best time to visit Samode is between October and March. Traveling to Samode during the winter months can be a delightful experience.

How to reach Samode:

Air: - The nearest airport is Jaipur from where flights can be taken for other major cities of India. Major cities are connected with Jaipur by air Delhi, Mumbai, and Udaipur.

Train: - There are several good trains that connect Jaipur with Delhi, Mumbai, and Calcutta. Jaipur is the nearest railhead that links it.

Road: - Samode is well-connected with Jaipur through good network of Roads. Samode is also connected to the other places in Rajasthan through state transport corporation buses.

Local: - Taxis and Cycle-rickshaws are available.

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