Living in a royal palace by a crystal lake is what dreams and fairy tales are made of. In Jodhpur in the state of Rajasthan, India, however, this dreamy site is reality. The place is for real and it is called Sardar Samand Palace and Lake.
Sardar Samand is the perfect retreat venue for hunters, nature lovers, bird watchers and anyone who wish to have the most relaxing holiday ever. The palace is owned by the royal family of Jodhpur until today (it is the royal family’s favorite retreat house) but has been converted into a heritage hotel. Through the years, members of the royal family have been coming here to enjoy the lake and hunt some game.
The beautiful palace was built in 1933 by Maharaja Umaid Singh, who was the Maharaja (ruler) of Jodhpur for a long time from 1918 until he died in 1947. He became ruler when he was only 15 years old. The palace was designed by George Goldstraw, an English architect.
Sardar Samand has everything that a royalty (or anyone) could wish for. It has a boathouse, swimming pool, tennis courts, a beautifully landscaped garden, and a vast ground that is ideal for a leisurely afternoon or early morning stroll. It is as though one is walking into a dream.
The palace is definitely an extravagant hunting lodge standing on a placid lake in one of India’s most historic cities. Several renovations and additions have been made through the years. Today, this Art-Deco-style palace serves as a heritage hotel, offering 19 air-conditioned and elegantly designed rooms.
Sardar Samand is a definite must-see and must-visit when visiting the city of Jodhpur. This ancient city is known for many things, and this palace by the lake is definitely one of them. Jodhpur is the state of Rajasthan’s second most popular city; the first is Jaipur, the state capital.
Jodhpur is known as “Blue City” because of the many blue-colored homes that are very attractive to see from a distance. The city is also called “Sun City”. It is situated right where the Great Indian Desert (Thar Desert) begins, making it a very warm and sunny city all year round; it is also referred to as the “Gateway to Thar”.
Frequent visitors to Jodhpur are no strangers to imposing palaces, temples and structures. The city’s most prominent tourist attraction is an ancient fortress called the Mehrangarh Fort. It stands on top of a hilly rock and surrounded by huge and thick stone walls.
Seeing this fort is like looking at a structure that jumped out of a fairy tale book. This ancient structure is stunning, intimidating and impregnable. Within it are palaces that are much, much older than the Sardar Samand Palace.
Finally, Sardar Samand Palace and Lake attracts not only humans but also a variety of birds and wildlife; something that Mehrangarh Fort cannot do. Sardar Samand Palace and its surrounding area is a bird watcher’s paradise. To reach this amazing location, one would simply need to drive 60 kilometers into the desert from Jodhpur passing through a Bishnoi village.