Gangapole, Jaipur - 302002 Rajasthan, India.
HOTEL SAMODE PALACE - SAMODE
Samode according to the
Rajputana Gazetteer of 1879 was a large and flourishing town. The
Zamidars (landlords) of Samode the principal thakurs of the state of
Amber were the Nathawat clan from Chomu, a branch of the house of
Amber, tracing their relation to the Jaipur Maharaja the fabled
Prithviraj Singhji the 17th prince of the house of
Kacchwaha Rajputs. Gopal Singhji one of his 12 sons was awarded Samode,
a noble feudatory of the Amber & Jaipur principality. It was among the
wealthiest territories in the Amber kingdom. The Zamidari eventually
passed within the clan to the hands of Behari Das, a Rajput warrior in
Mughal Service. After 6 generations in the hands of his descendants
Samode was relinquished to the Raj.
In 1757 the territory
was returned to the Nathawats (the hereditary title of 'Rawal Saheb'
still rests with the present family).
For the 1st
half of it's existence Samode Palace was a little more than a
fortified stronghold in the rugged Rajput tradition. Only in the early
19th century under Rawal Berisal did the castle begin to take on the
lavish aspects it is now known for. He was an eminent statesman who
reached distinction as the principal signatory (on behalf of the
Jaipur Maharaja) of the historic 1818 treaty making Jaipur a
protectorate of British East India Company. He later became Chief
Minister of Jaipur and weilded absolute power.
Samode Palace quite
clearly began expanding at the time of his reign and continued under
his descendant Rawal Sheo Singh who was the Prime Minister of Jaipur
state for several years during the middle of the 19th century. He is
credited with the Palace's most fabulous addition - the extravagantly
florid had painted Darbar Hall and the overlooking gallery
which forms the breathtaking Sheesh Mahal or the hall of
Each of the 40 spacious rooms and suites
all with a balcony or patio are exclusive and are decorated in the
warm colours and textures of local Rajasthani hand block print
textiles and adorned with traditional artifacts.
An outdoor marble and mosaic swimming pool
surrounded by the Aravali range the oldest mountain range.An outdoor
Jacuzzi.A pool Bar. Laundry, room service, gift shop, car park, safety
vaults, airport transfers on request. Currency exchange counter,
American Express, Master and Visa cards accepted. Doctor on call.
Nearest airport jaipur - 56 kms. Nearest
Railway Station Jaipur - 56 kms.