Hauz Khas Fort
Located in South Delhi, Hauz Khas has been well known since medieval times. The Hauz Khas Village retains the old charm of the place with remnants of Islamic architecture roughly coloured by splotches of urbane refurbished upmarket. 'HKV' is known for its electric nightlife with countless cafes, bars and pubs along with art galleries, and boutiques.
Hauz Khas when translated to the "Royal Lake" in english is the name of the lake which is now a part of much expanded Hauz Khas complex. The reservoir, commissioned by Allaudin Khilji, had a primary task of supplying water to Siri Fort. The lake is surrounded by a mosque, a tomb, and a seminary.
The main attraction of the complex is the tomb of Feroz Shah. However, other structures present inside is the mosque, a madrasa, and domed pavilions. All of these were built in the 13th century. Before the rule of the Tughlaq dynasty, the pond was called Hauz-i-Khas. Later, Feroz Shah renovated it as the royal tank.
THINGS TO SEE INSIDE THE FORT
- Mosque – The northern end of the madrasa is secured to a small mosque. The qibla of the mosque projects towards the reservoir, a domed gateway from the south east provides entry into three rooms whose utility is not traced.
- Pavilions – The madrasa is flanked by the reservoir in the northern front and by a garden on its southern side at the second-floor level. The entry to the garden is from the eastern gate which passes through the Hauz Khas village. The garden houses six impressive pavilions.
- Madrasa – Established in 1352, the madrasa was one of the leading institutions of Islamic learning in the Delhi Sultanate. It was also considered the largest and best equipped Islamic seminary anywhere in the world. There were typically three main Madrasa's in Delhi during the reign of Firuz Shah. One of them was the Firuz Shahi madrasa at Hauz Khas.
- Feroz Shah’s Memorial – Built around 1354,The Feroz Shah Kotla ("fortress") was a fortress built by Feroz Shah Tughlaq to house his version of Delhi city called Firozabad. The fortress is said to be one of the oldest structures in Delhi and is truly an amazement to behold with its polished sandstone Topra Ashokan pillar that stands tall within the fortress. It was actually one of the multiple pillars which are still left standing that was once built by the Mauryan Emperor, attributed to Mauryan ruler Ashoka.
- Lake Hauz Khas – The Hauz Khas Village incorporates a lake that is perfect to have a stroll around.
TIMINGS & ENTRY FEE
ENTRY FEE – The price of the entry ticket for Indian tourists is INR 25 whereas for foreigners is INR 250.
TIMINGS OF THE FORT – You can visit the Hauz Khas Complex between 10:30 AM to 7:30 PM from Monday to Saturday.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
The best time to visit Hauz Khas complex is between the months of october and march. The weather this time is appropriate to visit. The summers are usually harsh and the winters are pretty cold.
PLACES TO VISIT NEAR THE FORT
- India Gate – Synonym for All India War Memorial, The India Gate is dedicated in memorial to all the 84,000 soldiers of the British Indian Army who died between 1914 and 1921 in the First World War. The structure is an archway in the middle of a crossroadand often stands at a striking contrast with its contemporaries, Arc de Triomphe in France, the Gateway of India in Mumbai and the Arch of Constantine in Rome.
- Humayun’s Tomb – Commissioned in the year 158 by Humayun’s first wife and chief consort, the Humayun’s Tomb is located conveniently at the banks of Yamuna River and is a brilliant architectural splendour of the Mughal period. The Mausoleum is a tomb of the Mughal Emperor Humayun. Today the tomb is a major attraction among the tourists visiting Delhi.
- Qutub Minar – The Qutb Minar, which is spelled Qutub Minar and Qutab Minar, is a minaret and "victory tower" that forms part of the Qutb complex. It lies at the site of Delhi’s oldest fortified city, Lal Kot, founded by the Tomar Rajputs. The Victory tower is a sheer example of traditional Islamic architecture and South western Asian design. It is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Mehrauli area of South Delhi/a>, India.
- Lotus Temple – Located in Delhi, India, the Lotus Temple, is a Baha’i House of Worship that was dedicated in December 1986. The brilliant structure is notable for its lotus like shape, it has become a prominent attraction in the city. Like all Baha’i Houses of Worship, the Lotus Temple is open to all, regardless of religion or any other qualification.
- ISKCON Temple – The ISKCON Temple in Delhi, also known as Sri Sri Radha Parthasarathi Mandir, is a Hindu temple of the Vaishnava sect which is dedicated to the worship of the deities of Krishna and Radharani. The temple is one of the largest complexes in the entire country. Apart from idol worship arrangements, there is a Vedic cultural centre in the premises.
RESTAURANTS NEAR THE FORT
- Hauz Khas Social – This bar is one of the prettiest nightspots in town and takes full advantage of its lush, history-soaked location, which makes it hardest places to get into on weekends. Within touching distance of the reservoir in Hauz Khas Village, South Delhi, Hauz Khas Social is just the place to blend mood and nightlife.
- Coast Cafe – Coast Cafe has a variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian offerings from South India (mostly Kerala) which makes this place quite popular among the lovers of this cuisine.
- Elma's Bakery, Bar and Kitchen – Elma’s Bakery is synonymous with Hauz Khas Village. After opening its doors way back in 2011 – the smell of freshly baked breads, croissants and homemade bacon loaves wafting through the lanes of the village was enough to get most locals and tourists alike instantly hooked.
How To Reach
Hauz Khas Fort is located in South of Delhi and is easily accessible from all major parts of the city. The best way to reach Hauz Khas fort is via metro. Hauz Khas metro station on the yellow line is the nearest metro station to Hauz Khas fort. However, the nearest station to the fort is green park station which is 2.2 km away and is easily reachable within 10 minutes. The nearest airport to the fort is Delhi airport, which is at a distance of 20.7 km.