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Samode Palace

Samode, near Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

At a Glance

  • Great out of town location to retreat to from Jaipur

  • An authentic palace experience - the property has been wonderfully restored but still maintains a lot of original character

  • The hotel does specialize in group travel so there may be an event on during your stay, on the plus side this means that you will probably witness some fireworks and traditional Rajasthani dancing which adds to the atmosphere.

  • The smaller rooms are a little darker which is why we recommend a Palace Suite

  • The location out of Jaipur can deter people but it takes just under an hour to get to the center of Jaipur

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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 color 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.

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Insider's View

Walk out of the gates of the palace to explore the cobbled lanes and the markets of Samode Village, stopping by little shops such as the bangle maker, the cloth merchant and the gem stone specialist. Remember to bargain hard though!

Ask for a tour of the palace with a member of staff as there’s so much to see and learn about. The Hall of Mirrors is particularly impressive.

The palace has a fantastic collection of beautiful, vintage cars - great for all car fanatics.

Call us on 858 523 9000 to start planning your vacation to Samode Palace or take a look at our itineraries to Rajasthan

Description

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 center, 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.

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Accommodation

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.

Childcare

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.

Facilities

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 center.

Activities

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.

Reviews

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Charlotte Winter (Staff)

I was very impressed with the Samode Palace. It's a beautiful, grand property located an hour outside of the city center 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.

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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.

Experiences

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  • Jaipur - Amber Fort

    Amber Fort, the ancient Rajput capital is located on a hill 11km / 7 miles north of Jaipur. Amber was the capital of the Kachhwaha Rajputs from 1037 until the Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh founded Jaipur in 1727.

  • Jaipur - Bazaars, Cuisine and Crafts of Old Jaipur

    Jaipur is awash with craftsman and artisans which make an amazing wander through the streets unforgettable. You will enjoy the sights with a personal guide.

  • Jaipur - Walking Tour

    A walking tour of Jaipur brings the city to life through its out of the way nooks and crannies, colorful markets and vibrant culture.

  • Udaipur - Vintage Car Ride

    Explore the labyrinthine streets of this Rajasthani town and the surrounding countryside by vintage car up into the hills to enjoy dinner (inc) on the Open Terrace Restaurant at Chunda Palace which has amazing views down into Udaipur and the Lake Palace.

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.

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