Hauz Khas Complex - Deer Park (New Delhi)


We were 6 of us as a gang on college trip to Delhi. On that particular day, 2 had to go to the Delhi branch of our college while, 1 had to go to visit a relative. So the remaining 3 of us planned for a shopping. The nearest options were Hauz Khas and Delhi Haat, as directed by our local friends. After shopping at Delhi Haat, we started shopping at Hauz Khas. It was a ‘Khas’ experience indeed! The shop that impressed me the most was an antique shop that had newspaper that were ages old, some old lamps, 60’s cinema posters, 40’s book prints. Of course, the prices were sky high and all I did was to admire the things. We just walked by. There were these several high end shops and designer boutiques. We did a good deal of window shopping and kept walking the lane and at the end of the lane was something more interesting.
It was a monument or should I say it was a huge complex of monuments. Then I did not realize I had reached the Delhi Green Park and Hauz Khas Complex. It was later I found that out. I was so impressed by this place that I pulled my dis-interested friends into this place. Once they were in with me, they too were extremely impressed by this place. We started walking and walking and there was this huge tank. I was astonished! I was breathing fresh air in a cosmopolitan jungle of New Delhi. The locality was green and the tank was filled with birds. We didn’t know anything when we ventured in, just pure freaky curiosity to check out the place.

The place that we had seen was the Haus Khas Complex and Green Park / Deer Park of New Delhi.  The deer park has so many trees and plants. It fills the complete green needs of the capital city. The monuments were created during the Allauddin Khilji Dynasty in the 13th century. This water tank was built by Khilji and then de-silted and made usable by public by Firuz Shah Tughlaq. And several tombs and mosques and madrasas were built around this tank, including Firuz Shah’s own.

The monuments around includes a Madrasa which is an Islamic school. It’s called the Firuz Shahi Madrasa.  This is a unique structure. This is L shaped, located at the south east edge of the reservoir. At that tip is the Firuz Shah’s tomb and the northern end is the mosque. The two storied open air building all along is the madrasa where the education takes place.  As we entered through one of the entrances of this Haus Khas Complex, we directly were at the top of one of these Madrasas and simply jumped to reach the platform beside the lake. Note this, we just jumped… Nothing of climbing down sort…!!!

At the south east edge of the tank, at the intersection of the Madrasas is the Firuz Shah Tomb.  He was the 3rd ruler of the Khilji Dynasty who ruled from 1351-1388. His tomb has 4 graves. One is his own and 2 of his sons’ and 1 grandson’s.

As I have mentioned earlier, at one end of the Madrasa is the mosque. It’s almost in a ruined state now. It’s different than the rest of the buildings and it’s built completely with red stone and the arrangement of the stones is beautifully seen outside with mud mortar as fillers between them to fix them… I loved this mosque than the rest of the monuments in the entire complex.

And we started walking around. Hauz Khas complex has 6 pavilions all together and three of those 6 are clustered together.

We continued to walk around. It was one of the lovely evenings I’ve spent. The sunset was great behind the thorny bushes in the water body. 

It’s one of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve seen with the birds returning to their nests and chirping along their ways, with the ducks swimming, with delhi-ites having their evening jog and walk, with kids playing cricket almost religiously, elders relaxing in the waterside seats. 

And we three walking and walking and walking until we realized we were coming round and round in the same place and almost got lost..!!! The way we jumped down couldn’t be jumped up..!!! It was alteast 10 feet tall and a route with steps had a grilled door at the end which was locked…!!!
We somehow found a way out (definitely it was not our way in…!!!). We came out into a god knows what road and started to walk all by ourselves in the darkening moment by moment time, in almost lonely road. We somehow after roaming a bit, reached a main road with freaky traffic. I went up and asked a policeman, how to reach the nearest railway station. He helped us. May God bless him and his family and friends and keep him healthy and away from all dangers…!!! He was such a sweetheart…!!!
//UPDATE (19-Apr-2013) - When blogadda came up with a contest asking about the 'Soldier for Women', the one who came to my mind was this policeman!!! This post is a part of #Soldierforwomen in association with BlogAdda.com //
We reached back home and the whole experience was nothing less than an adventure for someone like me who doesn’t know east and west in Delhi. Still, I was amazed. Hauz Khas Complex stands today sturdy against all odds of man and nature ever since 13th century, giving a breathing space and a piece of nature to the cosmopolitan New Delhi.

TO GET THERE:
In New Delhi
From India Gate: 12 km via Chanakyapuri
From Karol Bagh: 14 km via Pusa Hill Forest
From Faridabad: 33 km
From Noida: 20 km

Dedicated to Pratima and Swagata

Bhushavali N

An ardent traveler by passion. I am a wanderlust.. Read more about me here.

28 comments:

  1. OMG Bhusha! Was history your major...am sure u wud hav topped in all...nice pics to rem too. I will def chk ur blog, if I want an idea to have a trip.

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  2. Hey Sujay,
    Ha ha ha.. History was not my major... I'm so glad my blog would be of some use to you on your trips... Thanks dear... :)

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  3. OMG.....thank you for refreshing our golden memories Busha....It was an adventurous moment for us........ :)

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  4. Hey Pratima,
    It's indeed Golden Memories...!!! :)

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  5. Very informative post. When people say "Delhi" only 2 places come to mind - Red Fort and Kutub Minar. This definitely is a nice place to visit and is added to my wish list.

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  6. It looks like you had a nice trip.. Thanks for all the information..

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  7. Hi:)

    This is a very interesting tour with lovely photos. I was awe struck by the sun set photo with perhaps more than hundred birds flying in the evening sky.

    I am really impressed with that police man. He is a kind man.

    Although I have been in Delhi many times, I have never visited this spot. Many thanks for showing me around this exotic place.

    Have a lovely day my friend:)
    Joseph

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  8. I learned a lot form this post...well written and presented. I especially liked the part in the antique shop with the old newspapers....History right there in front of your eyes
    Thanks for sharing

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  9. hey bhush..

    nice blog.. liked the part where u went round and round which means that earth is round :D.. good that u found that thing out there.. :D

    and when u made praises on that policeman..

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  10. @Rajesh,
    Glad to know my blog has added a place to your wish list... :D Happy Travelling...

    @Aysegul,
    Ur welcome sweety.. :)

    @Joseph,
    Thanks a lot.. Glad you liked that pic...
    Of course, the police man was a kind person. So is our Indian Police and Defence Force.. Hats off to them. Jai Hind...
    Do visit next time. Its an awesome place, as I've said, its a sheer accident I visited this place. No one has ever told me about this place...

    @Baron,
    U r welcome dear. Glad that u liked... :)

    @Krish,
    Mudiyala ennala...!!! :D :P
    Hats off to that policeman again. Jai Hind...

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  11. very nice place and fantastic images.. u r so lucky ma.. :)

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  12. hey how come you visit so many places you are very lucky u know. All the pics were nice and liked your description too

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  13. Hi.. This is my first visit to your blog and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Your narration is fast paced and photos are beautiful. Thansk for sharing information about this lovely place.

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  14. Hi Iniyaazh,
    Thanks a lot for dropping by and commenting... Welcome to my blog...
    Do drop by often. I would love your visits & comments and followups...

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  15. Fantastic post...
    thanks for sharing so many shots :)
    I love it !!

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  16. Interesting place, I would love to be there.
    May be soon.

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  17. Interesting adventure.Wonderful photos and information.Next time when you plan to go to some places, take a compass with you!

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  18. Hi Indrani,
    It's indeed an interesting place. :)

    Hi Mojo,
    Thanks dear... And about the compass, good idea... :D

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  19. The pictures are out of this world. Your story reminds me of this aphorism: "The world is a book; those who stay at home only read the first page".
    Thank you for your visit and a kind comment.;)
    xo

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  20. One of the many beautiful places I missed... Glad you can show me! :-)

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  21. Hi Protege,
    Thanks for dropping by. Thanks a lot for yourr comments... :) I'm glad u liked my photographs...
    Do drop in often would love your visits and comments... :)

    Hi Jose,
    I'm glad that I could show u as well... :)
    Do visit next time u come to India... :)

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  22. Thanks for taking me on a cool trip. After drug rehab, I want to take a trip there

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  23. Hi Drew,
    Welcome to my blog. Thanks for dropping by n commenting...
    Recover soon dear and start your journeys.. :) All the best.. :)

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  24. Hello,

    Thanks for sharing information for traveling. This is a very informative information for me .

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  25. Hauz Khas was my favorite place in New Delhi! I loved the artsy community and browsing in the unique shops. I was impressed by how the ruins were left untouched in their decaying beauty.

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