Samode, near Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
At a Glance
Awake to the sounds of the nearby village and its gentle bustling. If you can manage to leave the comfort of your suite, make your way down to the village early morning, where you'll see schoolchildren rushing to school and the local markets opening - a wonderful way to experience rural life.
The Samode Palace is nearly 500 years old and is a celebration of Indian and Mughal design. Each room and Suite is decorated in traditional style and has a wonderful selection of art and crafts - you will feel like a maharajah!
After a hectic day of sightseeing and shopping, return to the Palace for a refreshing drink by the pool, or unwind at the spa. After being amongst the noise and traffic of Jaipur, it is always a delight to return to the peace and tranquility of the Palace, located outside the city.
This is a wonderful place to experience authentic Rajasthani cuisine and the staff are always happy to make recommendations of their favourite local dishes. Try a traditional Thali made up of numerous small dishes combining colour, texture, spices and foods for a complete Indian experience.
Walk around the Palace in the early evening, followed by a drink in the garden or on one of the terraces and watch the colours of the Aravali Hills change as the sun begins to set.
Best time to Visit
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Rajasthan is known as the desert state. It is largely hot and dry throughout the year, making it a great destination to get away during cold winter months.
Summer in Rajasthan extends from April to June. It’s the hottest season so not ideal for travel, although early April is a good time to get great value for money if you don’t mind the heat. In western Rajasthan temperatures may soar, particularly in May and June, so we'd suggest avoiding Jaisalmer and the Thar Desert at this time.
The monsoon season usually runs from July to September. The temperature drops slightly, and humidity increases. During this period 90% of the rain Rajasthan occurs, although in reality Rajasthan never receives much rainfall. Lakes and rivers will be higher and there's more colour to the landscape.
October to March is the best time to travel to Rajasthan. Expect warm and sunny weather, perfect for exploring and relaxing. Please note that hotels are at their busiest over the Christmas and New Year period. December and January can have very cool mornings and evening and we suggest taking some warm clothing. Whilst temperatures in the desert areas are always hot in the daytime, they become some of the coolest areas of the state once the sun goes down. It’s also normal to expect some fog in the major cities of northern Rajasthan in December and January.
To start planning your holiday to Samode Palace
The 19th century Samode Palace is set in the rugged hills 40km north of Jaipur, and is a classic reminder of Rajasthan's regal heritage. The hotel offers uniquely furnished rooms, and has a delightful swimming pool.
The 19th century Samode Palace is the sister hotel to Samode Haveli in Jaipur and consists of 42 rooms and suites. Whilst the Haveli was the Rawal of Samode’s town house, the Palace was his country residence. Lovingly renovated by the Rawal’s descendants, every one of the rooms has been given its own individual character.
Breakfast is served in the palace's courtyard and there are two restaurants serving either local dishes or Asian and European fare. There is a superb swimming pool made of marble and mosaics, a rooftop infinity pool with views over the Aravalli mountain range and a spa offering a full range of massage therapies. Other facilities include a fitness centre, sauna and steam room. The interior of the hotel contains many stunning frescoes and the rooms themselves are filled with a range of antique furniture.
The hotel is perfectly located for walks through the local village of Samode where you can visit chattries, Havelis and 250 year old bawries (water wells). The village is also well known for its various artisans who sell their work on the markets along the streets. Samode is also a wonderful location to visit Jaipur and Amer fort from as its peaceful location is ideal for relaxation after a busy day sightseeing.
The Samode Palace offers 4 Royal Suites, 20 Deluxe Suites and 19 spacious rooms. Each room has its own personality and is elegantly and luxuriously furnished to give it a sophisticated feel. The floral theme of the hotel continues in the rooms as many of the textiles have beautiful flower prints on them.
Children are welcome to come and stay at Samode Palace. However, there are no specific facilities available for them at the hotel. Babysitting can be arranged upon request.
A buffet breakfast is served in the courtyard under the canopy of the trees. There are two restaurants at the hotel. On restaurant focuses on a menu of Rajasthani dishes whilst the other has more of an Asian and European influence. The palace also has a large wine cellar with professionally picked wines globally to accompany your meal.
The hotel has an inviting Mosaic Pool and Jacuzzi in its grounds. There is also an infinity pool on the rooftop offering lovely views of the area. The hotel's spa offers a range of indulgent treatments, a sauna, a steam room and a fitness centre.
Take a trip to the local village of Samode to visit chattries, havelis and 250 yr old bawries (water wells) or go trekking in the desert landscape. The village is also well known for its various arts and crafts and a great place for understanding rural life in Rajasthan.
Charlotte Winter (Staff)
I was very impressed with the Samode Palace. It's a beautiful, grand property located an hour outside of the city centre with a lot of character and charm. As you walk through the doors you feel like a member of royalty as a result of the excellent service. Each of the 43 rooms are very spacious and have been beautifully furnished with antique pieces. No two rooms are alike. There are also two swimming pools to enjoy and, being outside of the city and away from the crowds, it's very peaceful and relaxing here.
Emma Neale (Staff)
What really impressed me about Samode Palace was the opulent Durbar Hall and seeing the splendour of the building all set up for an event - the way the building was lit, the camels in the court yard and all the marigolds which lined the entrance really gave the atmosphere of Indian Festivities.
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Location & directions
Samode, near Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
Samode lies in the State of Rajasthan in North India. Located about 42 km. north-west of Jaipur, Samode Palace is reached by a short road from Chandwaji where it branches off the Delhi-Jaipur highway.
How to get there
9-hour international flight to Delhi Indira Gandhi International followed by a 1-hour domestic flight to Jaipur. The Airport in Jaipur is a 1-hour drive from Samode Palace. Alternatively, you can drive from Delhi, a journey of 5-hours.
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