Occupying a low-lying outcrop in the Aravalli hills, Samode is a large Rajasthani town full of cobbled streets and friendly villagers, mainly farmers and craftspeople. In the sixteenth century, prosperity in the township led to the construction of a grand and glorious Rajput fort, which was converted into an exquisite palace in the 19th century. No expense was spared in the intricate renovation of Samode Palace, and its ornate murals and sumptuous furnishings are well preserved today.
The town’s magnificent landscaped garden, Samode Bagh, was inspired by the Mughal gardens of the time. Spread over 20 acres, the gardens are used as a private retreat by the royal family, but open to guests with tented accommodation. The Samode royal family indeed owns and maintains three remarkable heritage monuments in Samode and Jaipur.
For adventurers, desert safaris into the sand dunes nearby are particularly thrilling on horseback or camel. Jaipur is just an hour away, a famed Golden Triangle destination, and the famous pink city is full of fascinating monuments, chaotic streets and architectural wonders.
A trip to Samode is a lesser-known highlight on the Rajasthan tourist trail.