Sacheta and I recently visited Samode Bagh, a resort about 40 KM away from Jaipur. We wanted a place that was not too far by road because we needed a quick break and are not using public transport due to COVID safety concerns.
We wanted to capture landscapes and needed someplace close to nature.
Samode Bagh, if the websites were to be believed fit that bill.
The first time we tried, we had to turn back due to the farmers protests.
We reached the resort at our second attempt. I admit I did not relax until we disembarked at the resort.
The drive is easy but the last mile is a challenge because there is a right turn into a forest like area. The resort is situated on the verge of a forest though most of the forest is man made.
We had expected a flat place with nature trails, trees and nothing else. We got the trees and well manicured gardens.
The inside is not as flat as I thought. There are multiple levels to the place and a significant amount of landscaping has been done. The property is large and used to just be a garden where the finance minister of the state of Jaipur used to come to walk. There are about 40 villages that comprise the district of Samode.
A significant amount of effort has been expended in making the garden welcoming. See the below images.
The lounge is nicely done.
Did I mention that we were at Samode on my birthday? I was in for a huge surprise on my birthday eve. No prizes for guessing who organized it.
It is extremely fascinating to watch flames. I can see them dance using the vOICe.
We did visit the Samode palace. Be warned, it is not much and the Bagh is way better.
I did something different while in the palace. I was using the vOICe and tried to describe what I was seeing. It did not quite come off but judge for yourselves.
You will also hear talkback when I start and stop the recording. I do not know why that is. I have not edited the videos.
The glass house primarily for royal women.
My compliments to the staff at Samode Bagh. They went out of their way to make us feel welcomed and accommodated every request we made. They were keen to show us the property and volunteered to activate the fountains and other facilities to allow us to experience them.
In conclusion, you can get good landscapes at Samode Bagh and the best feature of the place is that there are no animals like dogs inside. Be warned, the palace has a lot of cats and with respect, is not worth visiting.
The staff however, at both places is superb and demonstrates what hospitality means.
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