Samode is situated in the royal Indian state of Rajasthan around 42 km from Jaipur, the capital city. Located on way to Shekhawati, this small village is famous for its haveli and fort. Samode is connected to Jaipur through a good network of roads.
Unlike the other havelis of Rajasthan, the Samode Palace does not belong to any royal family but a family of noblemen, the Rawals of Samode. It is about four hundred years old, and has some new additions and modifications. This family traces its descent to Prithvi Singh of Amber (1503-1528), the seventeenth prince of the house of Kachwaha Rajputs, who in turn trace their descent to Lord Rama. Gopal Singh, one of the 12 sons of Prithvi Singh, was given Samode, which owed loyalty to the rulers of Amber and Jaipur. These noblemen of Samode were bestowed the title of 'Maha Rawal', in place of just 'Rawal' by the royal family for their bravery and loyalty towards the royal family.
Best Time to Visit
Like most other places in north India, Samode too has an extreme climate. The summers can be very hot with the mercury shooting up to 45°C, whereas winters are chilly and the temperature can dip down to 5°C. The best time to go to Samode is the period between October and March.
How to Reach
BY AIR -The nearest airhead is Jaipur from where flights can be taken for the other important cities of India. Major cities that are connected with Jaipur by air are Delhi, Mumbai, and Udaipur.
BY RAIL -Jaipur is the nearest railhead that links Samode with the other parts of the country. There are several good trains that connect Jaipur with Delhi, Mumbai, and Calcutta.
BY ROAD -The distance from Jaipur to Samode is 42 kilometers. From Jaipur one can drive out on the highway to Bikaner. Samode can be reached after taking a left turn from a village called Chomu. The Samode Palace is only about 10 km from this village. Samode is connected to the other places in Rajasthan through state transport corporation buses.
- Samode Palace – A palace turned heritage hotel, Samode Palace features interiors which portray fusion of Rajasthani and Mughal art and architecture. The frescoed walls in the palace exude its stately grandeur. The aesthetic values of the edifice make it one of the best architectural wonders in entire Rajasthan. Durbar hall and the hall of mirror add to the charm of the palace.
- Samode Fort – Samode Fort is a strong hill fort offering panoramic views of the village. 300 descending steps lead to an underground passage which was used by the royals for secret escape during emergencies. Besides this, the walls of the fort are adorned with murals and paintings.
- Govind Devji Temple – Dedicated to Lord Krishna, the Govind Devji Temple is an old and alluring place in Samode. The important pilgrimage is famed for its architecture and rituals. Reckoned as one of the photogenic spots, the temple is a must-visit for photographers and ardent devotees of the Lord.
- Samode Haveli– Built for top ministers in the royal court, the ornate mansion was also used by the ladies to observe the activities taking place on the road.
- Sultan Mahal – A room on the first floor of the Samode Palace, showcasing floral patterns and adorned motifs.
- Samode Bagh – Built more than 400 years ago, the garden features the design inspired by the geometric style of the Mughal Gardens. Samode Bagh is huge, attractive and boasts of exotic floral species. Plenty of tents around the garden enhance the scenic charm of the premises.
- Mahadeva Temple – A holy abode of Lord Shiva, the Mahadeva Temple is considered to be a wish-granting shrine. Many beliefs are associated with the sacred place and thus it is thronged by the devotees of the almighty.
- Lord Hanuman Temple – The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Hanuman who is also referred to as the Samode ke Veer Hanuman Ji. Perched at an elevated platform, the temple is distinctive in its own way.
- Main Bazaar– the shopping hub of Samode.
Places Around Samode
- Shekhawati - Comprising of Jhunjhunu, Sikar and Churu, Shekhawati is a myriad of fascinating havelis that date back to yesteryears. Because of owning the largest concentration of the frescos in the world, the area has been titled as the ‘Open Art Gallery of Rajasthan’.
- Jaipur– Enjoying the epithet of the ‘Pink City’, Jaipur is a beautiful city replete with splendid forts and palaces. World-class hospitality, scrumptious cuisines and endless shopping opportunities lure scores of tourists throughout the year.