Delhi is known as a place of various historical buildings and monuments. It is one of the most famous places of tourist attraction, both for domestic and for international tourists. Among various places of historical interest, Hauz Khas is one of the major tourist attractions located right in the city. A brief overview of the place is given below, along with various other details.
History of Hauz Khas
Hauz Khas has a typical old world charm. You can feel it as soon as you step in to the city. It has a reminiscent of the past, as you can see many ancient heritage buildings, which reflects the history of the place. The place derived its name from the artificial water tank or the artificial lake which was build by Allaudin Khilji in the 13th century and is known as the “Royal Tank”. It was a reservoir which was used by the members of the King’s regiment. Now it used as a resort and is visited by tourist.
Places of Historical Places
There are various places of historical places at Hauz Khas. There are various tombs which were built by the rulers during 14th and 16th century. Most of the architectures have typical style, which represents the Lodhi period. One of the famous historical monuments which are worth mentioning is the monument named Moth ki Masjid. It is a very beautiful monument, which represent the architectural style which is typical to Lodhi period. Beside this monument is an ancient college. The presence of the college in the ancient town indicates that the town had people who were educated and encouraged higher education.
Another ancient structure is the tomb of Firoz Shah Tughlaq which is in complete ruins now. The tomb was built much earlier and it was later repaired during the reign of Sikandar Lodhi. Apart from this, there are various other ancient buildings and structures, which have typical dome shaped structures with pillars.
Shopping at Hauz Khas
Visiting the historical city of Hauz Khas is incomplete without shopping. There are many shops where to can visit to buy various kinds of stuffs. There are shops selling traditional items along with antique jewelry, handicraft items, clothes, furniture, souvenirs etc, which reflects the heritage and culture of the place. Apart from that, there are many shopping malls also, where you can visit to buy branded stuffs. The old and the new are very well juxtaposed as there are different types of shops, selling variety of goods.
Restaurants in Hauz Khas
If you feel tired and hungry while shopping, then you can drop in at the various restaurants which are located at Hauz Khas. You can choose from different restaurants like Park Balluchi, Village Bistro, and Naivedyam etc which serves different variety of platters. These restaurants are preferred by foreigners and by those who wishes to taste typical north Indian and Mughlai dishes.
How to Reach?
Hauz Khas can be easily reached from any part of Delhi. You can either avail bus or you can opt for auto rickshaws to reach. As it is located at south Delhi, you can also avail the metro, as it connects south and north Delhi. It can also be reached by train, the nearest railway station being Nizzamuddin Railway Station.
Some of the other information which you need to keep in mind while making your travel plan to Hauz Khas is given below for your quick glance:
- Nearest Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport
- Best Time to Visit: You can drop in at any time of the year as per your convenience
- Time Required: It takes almost an hour to have a look at the various places of historical interest. If you wish to shop, then it is better to keep an entire day for your trip to Hauz Khas.