GUEST POST By: Ambuj Saxena
A visit to India is incomplete without soaking in the rich heritage of Delhi. Delhi has been destroyed and recreated many times over. Perhaps the brightest part of Delhi was during the medieval times when 7 cities of Delhi were created by various dynasties that ruled Delhi.
Site map of Hauz Khas complex
In this post, I shall introduce you to Hauz Khas village, which is called the 2nd city of Delhi in medieval times. Those who have been to Delhi, would boast of the crazy nightlife in Hauz khas village and how they enjoyed the Karaoke nights and the booze! I shall deal with that later in the blog but first I’ll tell you how the place was built and what purpose did the Hauz Khas village serve.
Hauz Khas literally means the Royal (Khas) Water Tank (Hauz). The city that contained Hauz khas was built in the 14th century by Alauddin Khilji (he ruled Delhi from 1296-1316 AD). The purpose of Hauz Khas was to store rainwater and supply water to the city of Siri and serve the citizens. A few years after Alauddin Khilji’s demise, the tank dried up. So, Ferozeshah Tughlak (he ruled Delhi from 1351 to 1388 AD) restored the abandoned hauz and built a few other architectures in and around the Hauz Khas. Let’s explore what he built and the reason why Hauz Khas is one of the best places to explore in Delhi.
Firoz Shah’s Tomb
The Hauz Khas complex was so dear to Firoz Shah that he chose to build his tomb here in 1350’s. His tomb is situated at the focal point of the Hauz Khas complex.
As soon as you enter the Hauz Khas complex, you can see a few buildings that are supposed to be the living quarters and study halls of the college of Firoz Shah. It is also rumored that they are called Tughlaq tombs because the teachers of the college were buried here.
This is the prayer hall of the Hauz Khas enclave. It is marked by decorative windows that overlook the water of the Hauz Khas with a flight of stairs leading down to the tank from the mosque.
An unusual T-shape architecture is the assembly hall. It is thought that the Assembly Hall was used to accommodate gatherings that could not be fitted in the madrasa or the college.
Nightlife in Hauz Khas village
Hauz Khas village is renowned for its buzzing nightlife and cafes and pubs that feature stand up acts, live music and foot tapping music. There is something for every partygoer here. You can head to Café Out of the Box for a rooftop dinner or you can head to Masha café for a lake side view and live music.
There’s Café Social too that has enormous seating capacity and frankly it took me a while to find the best place to sit as I was torn between too many seating choices. For stags, there is café village with cover charges.
Bed and Breakfast near Hauz Khas village
Fortunately, the area in and around Hauz Khas village has amazing Bed and Breakfast rooms. One of the Bed and Breakfast rooms is hosted by a retired Indian Government official. With spacious rooms, a park for a stroll and warm host, this BnB has been serving guests very well. I have not found any guest go back from the BnB without a smile or a compliment for the host. I would strongly suggest you to stay here once you are planning a stay in New Delhi as you will get the best of heritage of Delhi, nightlife of Delhi as well as warmth of an Indian family!
About the Author:
Ambuj Saxena is a Travel-preneur and a Digital Marketer. He has co-founded BnBNation (http://bnbnation.com) along with his elder brother, Anshul. BnBNation is an aggregation platform for Bed and Breakfast accommodations in India. It also offers various culturally immersive packages for foreign travelers in India so that they not only experience Indian warmth while staying with an Indian family but also experience the rich culture of India through the customized packages. These packages include learning to cook an Indian meal, learning an Indian classical dance form, heading out for a local Heritage walk or learning yoga while in India! Travelers can pick and choose one or more of these packages at nominal charges. Sounds exciting, doesn’t it?
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