Samode is a small village which is located about 41 kms in northwest part of Jaipur in Rajasthan. Samode is situated in the foothills of the Aravali range. There are various tourists spots in Samode 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 jewellery, iron work, leather, carpet weaving, stone cutting, miniature paintings, lac, etc.
History of Samode
The Nathawats of Samode played a prominent role in the durbar of Jaipur where they served as prime ministers. Their thikana is located in a charming village which is enclosed by fertile fields, while a ring of sharp hills was the seat for their fortifications. Samode Palace was constructed as a fort in the 16th century. Samode Palace was awarded about a half centuries ago by one of the Kachhwaha rulers of Amber to one of his twelve sons. A Mughal garden was also built by royal family about 4 kms away from the Samode Palace.
Tourist Attractions in Samode
Samode Palace is one of the prominent tourist attraction of Samode. Initially this palace was constructed about 400 years ago as a Rajput fort. In the 19th century it was converted into architectural style palace with beautiful decoration and a garden is also built nearby. Samode palace is well-known for the ornately painted Durbar Hall and high quality of its frescos which are painted in indigo colours. Inside the Samode palace the main attraction is Sultan Mahal and Sheesh Mahal which is known as the hall of mirrors. These palaces are ornamented with wall paintings which clearly portrays ancient hunting and love scenes. Other tourist attractions in Samode include temples, havelis, and chattris. Samode Ke Veer Hanuman Ji Temple is a well known temple in Samode which is on a hill top with panoramic view of valleys.
Handicrafts in Samode
Local people of Samode are famous for their creative production. It is the residence of various artists like stone and paper painting artists, carpet weavers, bangle and jewellery makers, metal workers, mojadi (jooti), potters, gem cutters, lac makers and as well as bed and pillow cover makers.