40 kms northwest from Jaipur is the splendid Samode Palace set
amidst fairy tale surroundings. Its history goes back more than four
and half centuries. Prithviraj Singh ji of Amber, the seventeenth
Prince of the house of Kachhawaha Rajputs, had awarded Samode to one
of his twelve sons, Gopal Singhji, along with the hereditary title
of Rawal Saheb. Nestled picturesquely amidst rugged hills, Samode
Palace with its stately grandeur and frescoed walls is one of the
most impressive small palaces in whole of Rajasthan.
The palace is full of architectural delights - the paintings on the
walls of Sultan Mahal, the dinning room with its stained glass
windows, the Durbar Hall with its painted ceilings and intricately
carved walls. The chandeliers give the palace its old world charm.
The Palace has a front lawn, terrace and boasts of hosting number of
incentives every year. Encircled by hills, it is a refreshing treat
with spectacular landscapes. The 400-year-old palace has a wealth of
frescoes, many of them depicting religious subjects. The ornate
interiors are a fine example of the Rajput haveli architecture.
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.
Palace: The history of Samode Palace goes back to more than four
and a half centuries. Prithviraj Singhji of Amber, the seventeenth
prince of the house of Kachhawah Rajputs, had awarded Samode to one
of his twelve sons - Gopal Singhji alongwith the hereditary title of
Rawal Saheb. Set cosily in the scenic rocky hills, Samode Palace
with its stately majesty opens a grand journey into the glorious
past through its frescoed corridors. The 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. Camel safaris are available.
Ramgarh: The huge artificial lake, which fills in the rainy
season, makes it a favourite spot for the locals.
Bagru: The village on the Ajmer Road is known for its block
prints called as the “bagru” prints.
Sanganer: It is another well-known place for hand
block-printed textiles and hand made paper. This place is also
famous for its historical ruins and Jain temples.
HOW TO GET
nearest airport is at Jaipur.
Rail:Jaipur, the nearest railway junction, is well-connected
with Delhi, Bikaner, Jodhpur and a host of cities around.
Road: Samode is an hour’s drive from Jaipur, which is 45
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