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About Samode Palace

Samode Palace, Samode Haveli and Samode Bagh (Garden) are heritage monuments and structures constructed by the noble feudatory with the hereditary title of 'Maha Rawal' or 'Maha Saheb’ of the Amber and Jaipur in Rajasthan, India. All three have rich history of several hundred years and exhibit a combination of Mughal and Rajasthani art and architecture. They are now part of the Heritage group of hotels under the flagship name of “Samode” that are run by the hereditary owners of these structures. The Samode Palace is situated about 40 kilometres (25 mi) north of Jaipur city, the Samode Haveli is close to Jaipur (centrally located within city limits, 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) away from the city railway station) and the Samode Bagh or Garden, 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) from the palace which is also run as a luxury hotel.

History of Samode

The Nathawats of Samode played a significant role in the durbar of Jaipur where they served as prime ministers. Their thikana, which is situated in a charming village, in surrounded by fertile fields, while a ring of sharp hills was the seat for their fortifications.

The Samode Palace was awarded by one of the Kachchwaha rulers of Amber to one of his twelve sons four and a half centuries ago.

Structures of Samode

The three heritage structures are:

1)Samode palace
The palace, built by the noblemen of the court of the royal family, is situated near the Samode village on the outskirts of Shekhawat. It is built of sandstone at the foot of the Aravalli range of hills (the foremost mountain range of north-western India) with a fortress like setting. The interiors of the palace are composed in the ancient architectural style of Rajasthan: marble floors, intricately ornamented pillars, mosaic walls (with tiny pieces of small inlaid stones), with luxurious carpets, and decorated with old wall paintings (hunting scenes, floral motifs and so forth). At the entrance gate of the palace is a unique piece of a large sized fortune chest made of dark wood with marble settings and shiny glass.

The Samode village near the palace is noted for its cloth made by block printing and also for handicrafts such as bangle making.There is a small artists' colony in the village where miniature paintings are made.

2)Samode haveli
The haveli is constructed facing north. It has a stylish painted dining room and an airy passage. It has a distinctive environment of the historic juxtaposed against a contemporary setting. An elephant ramp, specially constructed at the entrance to the haveli, was laid in 1940 on the occasion of the marriage ceremony of a member of the Royal family.

3)Samode bagh
Samode Bagh, Mahar kalan or garden, a 16th century Mughal style garden, surrounded by a 15 feet (4.6 m) high wall it extends over an area of 20 acres (8.1 ha). It also has 44 sandbank coloured tents with air-conditioning to accommodate visitors. It combines traditional Rajasthan and Mughal decorations with the Victorian style, with modern facilities. It has a 200 feet (61 m) long water channel with a row of fountains that are fed by springs and wells. The tent walls also portray graceful paintings in Mughal art. The tents have been equipped with carpets, standing lamps and well designed beds and chairs and other modern facilities.There is also a 150 year old pavilion within the divisions of the garden.

Geography and climate

Geographically, the three monuments and the village of Samode and its structures are in the perfect hill range of the Aravalli Range in north-western India.

The climate at Samode is severe with summer heat reaching as high as 45 °C (113 °F) and winter temperatures dropping to 4 °C(39 °F).

How to get here

Samode is located on the Agra - Bikaner highway, about 42 kilometers north west of Jaipur city in the state of Rajasthan. Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan is well connected to most of the cities by rail, road and air.


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