Its been a month since we visited the very popular Hauz Khas monument inside the Urban village and since then I have been procrastinating in marshalling my thoughts over the visit.Due to lack of time, I have decided to post this photo essay. So, take a glimpse of this monumental place through my lens!
Before you embark on this photo essay , let me acquaint you with what this place is all about. Hauz Khas means ‘Royal Watertank’ in Urdu and since the area houses an ancient water supply tank built by Allauddin Khilji (1296–1316) , it is named as ‘Hauz Khas’.The tank is at the fag end of the urban village and houses the ‘Hauz Khas monument’. I found this map inside the complex and clicked it.You are free to take a printout of this, keep it handy to navigate through the village as and when you take the plunge!
As you enter the Hauz Khas area, ask either for the deer park or the Hauz Khas village.Upon reaching the entrance of the Hauz Khas Village, onto the left is the vehicle-parking area and on right is the deer park enclosing the tank (Check the map above) .You will find many touts trying to divert your attention by posing as Parking Keepers right from 500 metres towards the entry.So beware! There is ample parking space provided in the area I mentioned earlier…so do not fall trap to these touts!
Upon entering the village , you will see numerous food joints , travel cafes, boutiques, antique shops , pubs etc. Do not hesitate to explore the narrow lanes as it is in these lanes that you are bound to find some wonderful collections!
I saw these perky and funky looking restros very nearby to the entrance….
We could not try out any of the pubs as we had tagged along with us our kiddo, so we avoided them and walked straight to the Hauz Khas complex which comprises of the erstwhile Madrassas , water tank and Feroze Shah’s Tomb.
It is beautiful during the evenings inside the complex as the rays of the setting sun paints the tomb stones with a tinge of orange and deep yellow and the greenery around adds the perfect drop to this melange….
The ruins look a bit eerie as the sun goes down , but I saw that this did not dampen the spirit of the college goers and love birds who flock this monument for their own valid reasons…
The beautiful tank is a sight to behold with greenery all around it . Also, the water is green in colour , hence may not be portable any longer.. Most of the tourist accommodations in Hauz Khas village is situated this side of the street and offer wonderful view of the water tank.The path that you see in the below pic is the trail which runs right through the dear park , offering a perfect walking path to the evening walkers and joggers.
The monument is being slowly eaten away by urban infestation as can be deduced by the pic below and this is the reason why the area is known as the Hauz Khas Urban village…
Moving onto the left wing of the monument, one can have a glimpse of the Humayun’s tomb and also some of the rooms of the Madrassa. I could not take the snaps inside the corridors as flocks of love birds desperate to catch a glimpse of each other resorted to pecking in these corridors and I had to pull away my son who went onto explore some secret chambers below these corridors , citing some reason or the other! 😀
Also one can see the prayer tombs in the lawn which is well maintained and offers some greenery to the eye.
Just when we thought that we were done for the day , we chanced to take the by-lanes on our return and here is what we discovered – the uniquely designed exteriors of the shops , colourful entrance doors and much more….
I found this particular antique shop exclusive aswell as the little tea shop with a quirky outlook…Loved the splash of yellow and was reminded of Fresh Lime…haha
Just below this beautiful yellow tea room is a unique collector’s paradise…..Do pay a visit , to be taken back to the past!
The care-taker of the shop is hesitant about allowing cameras inside….but then relented after some persuasion :p So do cajole him a little if you want some snaps taken inside the shop ! As I end this photo essay, I leave you with an insider’s glimpse of the shop…..
Hope you enjoyed this photo journey as much as I did presenting it to you…..Do share it with others 🙂 Also , let me know which part of the village did you find intriguing!
I am participating in the NaBloPoMo challenge that encourages me to blog every single day of November and come out with wonderful blog posts….This post is part of the same challenge for Day2.