Kareena and Saif Ali Khan’s palace at Pataudi, Haryana, is doubling up as their home and the choicest venue for filmmakers for shooting movies and serials.
Called Ibrahim palace, the ancestral property of former cricketer Nawab Mansoor Ali Khan, was given to the Neemrana Hotel. The lease ended in 2011 when his son Saif Ali Khan and Wife Sharmila Tagore opened it for shooting venue for filmmakers. The family that also comprises Saif’s sisters Soha Ali Khan, who is married to actor Kunal Kemmu and Saba Ali Khan.
The family spends time in the palace whenever it’s not rented out. It seems Kareena and her son Taimur love the forested and quiet atmosphere around the palace.
Antique furniture and colonial-style décor make the palace exude royalty. During its occupancy by Neemrana hotels, it received a heavy footfall of foreign tourists. Pataudis ruled over a small principality of 40 villages in what is today’s Gurugram near Delhi. The family has a recorded history of 200 years. Today, the palace has seamlessly combined heritage with modern day comforts making it a must-visit site for tourists.
Its location - 65 kms from Delhi and 9 kms from the Delhi-Jaipur highway - makes Ibrahim Palace the most preferred place for film stars and corporates to hold business conferences.
The main palace spread over 100 acres is named after Mansoor Ali Khan’s grandfather, Ibrahim Khan. The main palace is built over 5-6 acres. On entering the property, visitors see a road passing through lush farmland for over half-a-kilometre. They are led into the main palace through two huge gates.
The lawn of the palace has at least two dozen varieties of roses. The sparkling white palace and the canons on its gates leaves visitors spellbound. Many visitors’ have likened it to Delhi’s Teen Murti Bhavan.
To the left of the main palace is ‘Qamar Manzil’ and to the right, ‘Nafeez Manzil.’ It has Badminton court, Billiards room, Table Tennis court, swimming pool, massage parlour and a bar. A conference room for corporate meetings has been set aside.
Films, Serials and Advertisements shot at Ibrahim Palace: