Our driver will take you up from your desired location in Jaipur for this fantastic journey, and further drive straight for excursion tour of Samode. It takes 1:30 hrs. to reach Samode from Jaipur.
A perfect day trip to Samode from Jaipur to experience the rural life and prevailing culture of samode village. Samode village is located around 40 kilometres away from Jaipur. This small village is situated in the foothills of the Aravali range. There are numerous tourist places to visit like Samode palace, gardens, temples, old water wells, forts, chhatris, old gates etc. In addition to all these, there is also a large variety of local arts and crafts in Samode like jewelry, iron work, leather, carpet weaving, stone cutting, miniature paintings, lac, etc.
The palace, built by the noblemen of the court of the royal family, is located near the Samode village on the outskirts of Shekhawat. It is built of sandstone and located 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 treasure chest made of dark wood with marble and gleaming glass. The Sheesh Mahal (Hall of Mirrors) is located on the southern side of the palace. The frescoes in the Durbar hall and in the Sultan Mahal are said to be 250 years old.
The palace is built on three levels (planned in a sequence of courtyards of increasing height) with a patio on each floor. There is an old ruined fort above the palace from where a panoramic view of the valley could be seen. The fort area is overgrown with vegetation but stone paved paths have been built to reach the fort heights. Samode fort was the former residence of the Maharaja. It is said that an underground passage links it to the palace that provided access at times of emergency. It is now approached by a well laid out stone paved path (300 steps). There is also an entry gate to the ruined fort. Two other forts makes the path complete of a circular way start from palace and back to the palace. There is also a small temple, 3 kilometers away from the fort. 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 colony of artists in the village where miniature paintings are made.
The haveli is built facing north. It has an elegant painted dining room and an airy passage. 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.
Samode Bagh, or garden, a 16th-century Mughal style garden, enclosed by a 15 feet (4.6 m) high wall is spread over an area of 20 acres (8.1 ha).It also has 44 sandbanks coloured tents with air-conditioning to accommodate visitors. It blends traditional Rajasthan and Mughal décor with the Victorian style.
After concluding this amazing day our driver will bring you back at your hotel in Jaipur.