Pataudi Palace is unique in all respects
There have been more than one princely states in India. Today, even though the king is no longer a prince, but his mark is still found. In this series, I am going to visit some such princely states. These small princely states still retain the heritage of their family members. You may not go in the time of Raja Rajvadas, Nawabs, but a small holiday can get you to know the style of that time. And the most interesting thing is that these places exist only on a few hours drive. Then what is the delay, let me explore the heritage with me, maybe on this trip you get a chance to meet the princess of the fort or the Nawab Saheb.
This time we are going to Pataudi village in Haryana adjoining Delhi. Here we will see the magnificent Pataudi Palace. This white palace built in Pataudi, 26 km from Gurugram, is the heritage of the Nawab Pataudi family. This palace was built in 1935 by Nawab Iftikhar Ali Hussain Siddiqui. Nawab Iftikhar Ali Hussain Siddiqui is the father of Nawab Mansoor Ali alias Nawab Pataudi. You will recognize him more than the name of Nawab Pataudi who has also been the star captain of the Indian cricket team.
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It is said that the manor of Pataudi came to this family as a reward for showing his valor in the army of the Mughals. The architecture of this white palace is worth seeing. Walking here, I got a glimpse of the Connaught Place in Vastu here and why not these two structures have a deep relationship. Yes, this palace has also been built by the same British architect who designed the Connaught Place. The name of that great architect is Robert Tor Russell. People here say that Nawab Iftikhar Ali Khan Pataudi loved the design of Connaught Place, so he decided that the design of his palace would also be designed by Robert Tor Russell.
This luxurious palace built in Colonial Mansion Architecture has 150 rooms. This palace surrounded by large gardens was once the residence of Nawab Khanadan. You will get an idea of how advance Nawab Khanadaan of Pataudi was. The rooms in this palace are also named in English style. A magnificent pool is built behind the palace. Where you can spend a pleasant evening sitting. There is also a beautiful fountain in the garden of the Palace. Many films have also been shot in this palace. Dancing many peacocks in the lush green garden will make your heart happy. It is a good destination for weekends due to its proximity to Delhi. You too can live the life of a Nawab for two days.
How to reach
Pataudi Palace, located just 61 km from Delhi, is easily accessible from National Highway 48 with a 2-hour drive.