A small town in the district of Gurgaon in Haryana, Pataudi was once a princely state ruled by nawabs. At present, the place exudes the old world aura, with construction in the some of the areas. The developments have largely been attributed to its proximity to Gurgaon and Delhi. But does this lead to Pataudi becoming a major tourism hub in the future?
The town of Pataudi prides in having a white palace, built by the nawabs amidst a verdant countryside and spread across 25 acres. The palace today is maintained as a four-star heritage hotel, renowned for business events and marriage ceremonies. In addition, the town is well-known for its artisans crafting metal and glass beads jewellery and reed-woven mudha stools. Granted, the town has the potential of becoming a tourist destination, but the dynamics of developing it as a tourism hub requires more than what it has at present.
In order to develop a place as a major tourism hub , it should have proper connectivity and amenities for tourists like hotels, financial outlets, shopping centers, and a set up promoting and maintaining the place for tourism purposes. Though Gurgaon-Jaipur expressway connects Pataudi, the road leading to the town is infamous for frequent accidents. There has also been a recent report of communal violence in the area, which makes it rather unsafe for vacationers. Apart from this, Pataudi lacks many hotels. In fact, Pataudi Palace usually accepts booking in groups of minimum ten people. This makes a couple or an individual rather difficult to separately find accommodation in the town.
There are a number of things that, if done in the proper manner, can develop Pataudi as a tourist destination. This will require an initiative by the government. A definitive action plan for better roads to Pataudi, and construction of basic amenities for tourists will be significant steps in this direction. Regular maintenance of the heritage structures is another important factor to consider for putting Pataudi on the tourism map. In addition, participation of the locals and maintenance of security for the safety of the people are critical for the success of the transformation of the small town into a buzzing tourism hub. Other aspects that can bring Pataudi to the notice of tourists include conducting of cultural fairs and representing the town in tourism events across the country and the world.
Turning Pataudi into a tourism hub can be good for Haryana, however, it requires a lot of time, patience, and money for developing and maintaining the tourism standards. So much time has been wasted by the government in not identifying Pataudi as a probable revenue earner and a venue to generate sizable employment opportunities earlier. If it works with the bureaucracy and community in tandem with transparency and accountability, development of Pataudi into a tourism hub can become a reality.