Samode is quite close to Jaipur and is a perfect place
to spend one's holidays. It is a place of great interest
for people who appreciate culture and local arts. The
village or town is famous for its magnificent havelis,
mansions and handicrafts, so for your next holiday
travel to Samode and see the rural life and flavors of
Samode is in Rajsthan and is about 42 kms from Jaipur.
It lies on the way to Shekhawati and is famous for its
gorgeous havelis and forts.
The famous Samode Palace belongs to the Rawals of
Samode, who do not belong to a royal family but are
affluent noblemen. This family was bestowed the title of
"Maha Rawal" by the royal family as a reward for their
loyalty and courage. The Samode Palace is about four
hundred years old and has gone through a lot of
restoration work. Many new additions have been made to
this old palace, which is now a heritage hotel.
Places to See
While you are at your tour of Samode, you can visit the
Samode Palace, which has now been turned into a heritage
hotel. On the first floor of the palace is Sultan Mahal,
which is a magnificent hall, with a beautiful marble
pillared verandah. The room is decorated with blue tile
work and the walls are decorated with patterns painted
with vegetable dyes. The room is furnished with
intricately carved silver furniture, which was imported
from Nepal. On the left side is the Durbar hall, which
is quite like the other hall and has floral motifs and
paintings. While you are at it, do not miss the chance
to take a tour of the Hall of Mirrors, which as the name
suggests, is a hall decorated with minute fragments of
mirror on the walls. Though the room looks wonderful
during the day, one can really admire the exquisite
mirror work at night, when it looks like a million stars
have lit up the room. Above the palace, on the hill,
lies the Samode Fort. It is in quite a bad condition
since it seems to have been hard hit by time yet it is
still popular with tourists for its historical
significance and the view it offers of the town below.
While you are at Samode, you can also travel to Samode
Bagh, which is 3 kms from Samode and is a beautiful
garden that has regained its former beauty after some
While you are enjoying a tour of Samode, you can also
travel to Shekhawati and check out all the colorful
havelis or mansions. Since Samode is close to Jaipur,
you can also take a tour to the "pink city" and check
out various tourist attractions, such as Hawa Mahal,
Jantar Mantar, City Palace. If history fascinates you
then you can also head to the Central Museum, which is
located in the Ramnivas garden.
Things To Do
What do you think of a Camel ride? This is a great way
to take a tour of the Samode village and check out the
local traditions and colors of the town.
You can spend your afternoons and evenings enjoying the
folk dance and music performances by local musicians.
They even play such instruments as, country violins,
bagpipes made of goatskin and one stringed musical
The closest airport is in Jaipur, which has flights to
all the major cities in India. Frequent flights to
Delhi, Mumbai and Udaipur are available.