Hauz Khas Complex comprises of a water tank, an Islamic Seminary, a mosque and a tomb. It was part of Siri, the second medieval city of India of the Delhi Sultanate of Allauddin Khilji Dynasty. The fort is surrounded by an urbanized village which is often referred to as Hauz Khas Village.
The words ‘Hauz’ stands for “water tank” (or lake) and ‘Khas’ stands for “royal”,the “Royal tank”.
The large water tank or reservoir was first built by Allauddin to supply water to the newly built fort and city of Siri. It was originally known as Hauz-i-Alai.Several buildings like mosque, madrassa and tombs were built later overlooking the water tank or lake.
L-shaped structure near the lake :
Madrassa was one of the leading institutions of Islamic learning in Delhi. It was also considered the largest and best equipped.The madrasa structure has an innovative design,it was built in L-Shape.
Feroz Shah’s Tomb :
Feroz Shah was a well liked ruler. His wife was a Hindu by religion.There are four graves inside the tomb, one is of Feroz Shah and two others are of his son and grandson.
The Interview :
This iconic structure witnesses tourists from all over the world. We interviewed one of them to see what drives them to this place and India.
Where are you guys from?
Cathy and Michael from New Jersey,United States.
What drives you to India?
Rich culture,heritage.We have heard a lot about diversity in India.It is a life changing experience for us.
Tell me one thing you love and one thing you hate about India?
The People are very helpful.But is too hot.It is wonderful today(it was raining that day) but it was too hot yesterday.
Tell me about the places you have visited?
Humayun’s tomb,Qutub Minar,Red Fort(couldn’t pronounce all the sites correctly but were very passionate).
What about the Taj Mahal?
We are leaving tomorrow for the Taj Mahal(with a broad smile).
Would you like to visit India again?
Why not?It is too hot but it is worth it.Today is amazing though(It was raining that day in Delhi and that too with a breeze)
It was nice meeting you,have a great time ahead.
Area around the fort :
And our awesome team…