Architectural prominence attaches great tourism interest. The lineage of the nobles enclosed on a small town area known as Samode has a rich past. This town of Shekhawati region is nestled in the lap of Aravalli hills; located 40 kilometers from state capital, Jaipur. Shekhawati is famous for murals, wall paintings and haveli. It was the most affluent township of the Amer territory, the story of which is narrated by its legendary fort and haveli.
“Samode” is group of three heritage structures, Samode Palace, Samode Haveli and Samode Bagh, built in Marble masonry by the righteous liegeman. Samode Palace lies in north of Jaipur and is surrounded by an elaborate Samode Bagh while Samode Haveli is located within walled city. The structural design of these monumental structures displays fusion of Rajput and Mughal Architectural style. An excursion to Samode town essentially involves visiting the palace.
Samode Palace was built by the Maharawal Prithvi Singh of Amber from sandstone in the foothills of Aravali. It is a three tiered structure. Each floor has a terrace. It is interesting to know that the courtyards on successive levels are increasing in height. The marble flooring, intricate patterns on roofs, sculpted pillars, mosaic walls casts spell on onlookers. Ornate interiors of open courtyard as well as room include luxurious carpets and frescoes. Vintage art on wall depicts hunting scenes or dove-eyed maidens. The palace’s Sheesh Mahal is decorated with plastered mirrors all over. This is located in south of the palace. A single candle lit in Sheesh Mahal make you feel in between the galaxy of million stars.
Sultan Mahal is an exquisite room on first floor with marble pillars in blue tiles grouted veranda. The crest and the walls are painted with intricate paisley and floral motifs with vegetable colors. Muted shine of heavy antique silver furniture from Nepal in it is unique. The Mahal is named after the craftsmen who created it. To the left of the main room of the palace lies the Durbar Hall. Many indulging patterns are also painted with vegetable pigments. The frescoes of Durbar Hall and Sultan Mahal is believed to be centuries old.
Samode Palace is now converted into heritage hotel.
A 300 steps pathway connects Palace to the Samode Fort. This was a home to family and can be approached through hidden passageway in case of emergency.
This 16th-century constructed garden is scenic mix of natural beauties. The 20 acres nature’s bounty has 200 feet long water canal with a string of fountains that circulates spring water. It is dotted with 44 air-conditioned tents fitted with artistic and modern facilities. Rajasthan and Mughal décor of these tents include traditional Mughal paintings, lamps, carpets and furniture. This Mughal style garden is enclosed by 15 feet high walls.
Samode haveli was constructed by Rawal Sheo Singh. Located in the urban settings of Jaipur city, Samode haveli has elegantly painted rooms. An elephant ramp constructed at the time of royal family member’s marriage instantly catch eyes of visitors.
The three monuments and village Samode in the Aravalli hills are perfect display of love for art of Rajasthan people.