Rajasthan’s nomenclature is perhaps the best one, the most appropriate in the Indian states. It’s the land of the royals, and nothing bears more testimony to that fact than the numerous tourist destinations scattered throughout its area, full of gorgeous palaces and temples and forts and the like. Now among it all is the little paradise called Samode, and it is one which showcases all the traditional attractions like temples by the dozen, mansions that are palatial and eye catching gardens. As an added bonus, it also offers a glimpse into the workings of its day to day commerce through the very many shopping areas close by. 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.
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.
In true royal traditional tourism style, very symbolic of Rajasthan, this list kicks off with a fort at the beginning. Strong, old, and magnificently built, this fort is situated high on a hilltop where the view it affords can look down on miles all around below in every direction. Samode Fort was used for lodging by Rawals, as a lot of heritage nowadays is used here for lodging tourists by hotel chains. It showcases Mughal architecture, and was considered useful in war times. A must visit for tourists to Samode.
This palace is another heritage architecture gem in Samode’s kitty. Built in bright colours, this is aesthetic enough to have earned places in both nationally and internationally acclaimed movies. It has different art styles inside it, like frescoes, paintings and sculpture. It also shows dual architectural styles, Rajput, Mughal, and is excellently photogenic. Samode Palace is a little way off from Pink City Jaipur.
A bagh refers to a garden in traditional language translation, and this garden is truly the material to rival garden bigwigs like those in Jammu Kashmir. It is expansive and beautiful with flower species, and offers accommodation, food and hospitality to guests in natural environs. Samode Bagh is situated in former stable grounds of the empire and displays beautiful Mughal art. There are tents aplenty round the premises, which showcases attractions inside that are Mughal style influenced.
Rajasthan is famous for Havelis, or large palatial ornate mansions. Do you know how there are ones like Hawa Mahal and Saheliyon ki Bari which were constructed to provide advantageous views to the womenfolk of the house? Following in those hallowed footsteps, Samode Haveli was built by a political heavyweight of about 4 or 5 centuries past, who was a prime minister but also connected to royal dynasties, Rawal Singhji. This is a very popular tourist destination, and has received media attention in the past as well.