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Saturday, 9 July 2011

Pataudi Palace

Living in Delhi is a bit of a skill and it takes a lot of energy to get it right. Escaping occasionally  is necessary  to recharge those tired batteries and give you a breather but finding places which are easily accessible is a harder task.
Pataudi is one such. It is about 60 kms south from Delhi  which is a reasonably easy journey and it is tucked away off the main road so you might just miss it if you are not careful but it is a bit of an oasis and a lovely place for a day's wanderings or a weekend break.
As soon as you are there you feel the presence of the family who owned it, the Nawab Ali Khan who built it circa 1935 ( aka Tiger ). The current family boasts some Bollywood stars among it. One of them was captain of the Indian Cricket Team which is not a small honour these days. The corridors are full of pictures of eager sports teams competing with others.
The billiard room is an example of how little was undertaken as a small operation. Its size is impressive and the games played there must have been memorable with seating for eager participants and onlookers. 
The colonades at the back give the shade you seek when the weather is not kind and the pool provides a welcome refreshment.
The rooms which are mainly up an impressive stair case are all furnished with period pieces, impressive four posters and luxurious bathrooms.

We spent some time walking in the gardens which have beautiful roses, snap dragons and some family tombs.

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