The Prince of Pataudi, Saif Ali Khan and his begum, Kareena Kapoor Khan live in Mumbai with their son Taimur and now they are shifting to their new home in the same city. But they are often spotted visiting their ancestral home, The Pataudi Palace which is situated in Gurgaon district of Haryana. This is where Saif's mother and veteran actress Sharmila Tagore and his sister Saba Ali Khan live. Here is a peep inside the palace which was built in early 1900s and is also called the Ibrahim Kothi.
The palace was formerly a Neemrana hotel from 2005 to 2014, before it was repossessed and renovated by Saif in 2014. Saif and family come here in the winter season.
According to a report in GQ magazine, the palace has 150 rooms which include seven dressing rooms, seven billiard rooms with large drawing rooms, seven bedrooms and large dining rooms.
The construction of the palace was ordered by Saif’s grandfather Iftikhar Ali Khan.
It was designed by Robert Tor Russell who imitated colonial mansions.
This palace has been passed down from Mansoor Ali Khan, who was the last recognised titular nawab.
Did you know that Hollywood actress Julia Roberts' film "Eat Pray Love" was shot at the Pataudi Palace? Also, Bollywood films like "Mangal Pandey", "Veer Zara", "Gandhi: My father" and "Mere Brother ki Dulhan" also used the grand Pataudi Palace as a shooting location?
After repossessing the palace, Saif Ali Khan gave the duty of refurbishing his family home to interior designer Darshini Shah.
The price of the palace is worth Rs 800 crore!
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