We woke up in the morning around 8 a.m. (a little hung over from the cocktails last night), ready for our breakfast at “Samode Bagh”. We had a unique transportation to take us from Samode Palace to Samode Bagh – a “Camel Cart”.
It was quite nostalgic and scary as it had been a long time since I ever sat on one. We quickly hopped on to it to take a different feel of our 1 km ride. The 1 km ride from Samode Palace to Samode Bagh takes approx. 30 mins by a Camel Cart (It takes approx.. 5 mins through a car). The Camel Cart ride was wonderful.
Even though it was quite hot and we were all sweating by the time we reached our destination, we got a really close look at the Samode Village and the people living inside it. We passed through some local village homes, some old workshops and schools. The sight of cattle roaming on the streets was a common sign. The Children playing on the streets reminded me of my childhood days. It was nice to catch a glimpse of what life in the village means to this people.
A total contrast from the Palatial feel of Samode Palace, as the name suggests “Samode Bagh” was amidst the nature. With beautiful 20 acres of manicured gardens, chirping birds, horse stables and fountains. Earlier in the days, this place was a private garden retreat for the Samode Royal family. Designed in the classic “Char Bagh” style, complete with water fountains and channels, it is one of the oldest functional Mughal Gardens in Rajasthan. In keeping with its character, all the accommodation in Samode Bagh is tented. All the tents are equipped with all contemporary conveniences.
We headed straight to the breakfast set-up, which was some walk from the main entrance. I must say in contrast to the Palace, the Bagh was definitely more open and had more greenery. On the other hand, the Palace had its on grandeur and charm to it.
Today we were up for some Royal style breakfast, we started off with some classic English style breakfast with eggs, toast and orange juice, post which we were treated with some Rajasthani specialties like aloo bhaji, poori and paratha. For breakfast sweet treats, there was a huge spread of English and Indian sweet treats comprising of muffins, pan cakes, Indian sweets, Halwa, etc.
Post our breakfast, we explored the Bagh for a bit. It was really beautiful. Lovely lush green lawns, old architecture and plenty of activities around. By this time, our car was ready to drop us back to the Palace. After the heavy breakfast, thank god we didn’t have to ride in the Camel Cart under the hot sun.
Today, we were suppose to head back to Jaipur for our onward stay at the Samode Haveli. So we quickly packed up our bags, checked out of the Palace and were en route Samode Haveli. Samode Haveli is approx. 60 kms from Samode Palace, takes approx. 40 mins by car. The ride is quite smooth, except the last few kms take some time once you enter the Jaipur city.
At around 1 pm, we arrived at Samode Haveli. It is located in the old city of Jaipur which is famously known as the Pink City due to the Pink color of the buildings in that vicinity.
MIRINDA fun facts! – Even though Jaipur is known as the Pink city, the buildings are of Rust color (Brick colour) and not Pink. It is a common mistake made by all tourists.
An urban oasis in the historic walled city of Jaipur, Samode Haveli is a traditional Indian mansion set in a verdant garden with apartments arranged around a series of intimate courtyards. Built 175 years ago as a residence of the rulers of Samode, it is still occupied by their descendants, who have converted their home into a luxury hotel.
We were a bit tired to step out for lunch and decided to order something from the restaurant at Samode Haveli. The food was quite good. The prices were of course steep considering it is an heritage property, but the food definitely lives up to the expectations. We had authentic Rajasthani curry with tandoori rotis. We just loved the richness and the various spices in the curry. It was that authentic Rajasthani touch, which is hard to find elsewhere in India.
MIRINDA suggests! – Samode Haveli also has a lovely pool and a fully equipped gym. Make sure you make full use of it. The open to sky pool with a bar is the perfect setting. Having a chilled beer after a nice dip in the pool is perhaps one of the best things to do on a warm Jaipur evening.
It was our first evening in Jaipur and we definitely wanted to try out the local recommendations. We headed straight to Bar Palladio, which is renowned among locals and tourists for its cocktails and Sheesha. It gets really busy on the weekends.
Bar Palladio Jaipur was born with a simple intent: present classic Italian cuisine in a beautiful setting, create an atmosphere of magic, a sense of surprise. Inspired by the iconic Caffé Florian and Harry’s Bar in Venice and christened after the Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio, Bar Palladio Jaipur is an ode to Italian style and cuisine, viewed through the prism of a Mughal dreamworld.
Italian owner Barbara Miolini dreamed of a place where people from across the globe could share their stories, find inspiration, and unwind, letting their cares melt away. Designed by Dutch designer Marie-Anne Oudejans, Bar Palladio Jaipur is located within a daringly restored garden belvedere in the historic Narain Niwas Palace Hotel. With wandering peacocks, mature mango trees, and garden of tented canopies Bar Palladio Jaipur is an orientalist fantasy, a new vision for European dining in India.
MIRINDA suggests! – Uber is easily available through Jaipur. It is also quite cheap as compared to other local taxis. We highly recommend of using Uber for your local travels in the Jaipur City.
MIRINDA fun facts! – Cab rides in the Jaipur city are a sight-seeing in themselves. We were staying in the old Pink City of Jaipur. The streets in the old city are always bustling with various shop vendors selling local Jaipur selections, numerous restaurants and cafes and some wonderful heritage sights. We strongly recommend taking a walk/cab ride through this streets to experience the pleasant chaos encompassing Jaipur.
The ambience, music and the cocktails at Bar Palladio were so good so that we lost track of time. We had some finger food at Bar Palladio with our drinks but around 10:30 p.m. we were quite hungry. We were quite eager to try something else other than Rajasthani Cuisine. However, it was almost 10:30 pm and almost all restaurants and pubs in Jaipur shut around 11:30 pm. So we decided to head to Jaipur Modern.
To our surprise, Jaipur Modern was a super cool bohemian hangout place with eclectic decor and an internationally influenced menu. Along with a cool restaurant, Jaipur Modern also celebrates the Modern Indian Craftsman. Central to India’s society, “karigars” traditionally created value by responding to community needs. Recognizing a changing society and relationship, Jaipur Modern exists as a homage to their craft; honouring those working at the highest level of excellence.
As we were super hungry by the time we reached there, we asked the chef for his suggestions and specialties, he suggested ordering two types of pizzas and their famous chicken steak. We must say that the food was decent, we were not overly excited about it by the end of the meal, but the ambience and staff were extremely friendly. We also tried their famous cheesecake and chocolate brownie. They also offered us some locally made Honeys for some tasting, I must say a few of them were really yummy, so we decided to take back a few with us as souvenirs.
After a nice and boozy evening, we finally called it a day and headed back to our hotel at around midnight.
Coming up next…. Our Last day at Jaipur ! End of a 6 day holiday 🙁
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