When you walk with friends, and have your teacher also listen to history, that even they are not aware of, its a lot of fun. A school picnic after our exams got over, and we had fun, chasing rabbits and deer, and then enjoying the history lessons, by the lakeside.
Build around an urbanised village, Hauz Khas Village is a place that’s a lot fun.. Its medieval history can be traced back to the 13th Century of the Delhi Sultanate reign. The Complex was a part of the second medieval city of India,of the Delhi Sultanate of Allaudin Khalji Dynasty.The Hauz Khas Tank is famous for its Royal Tank,which is well maintained in spite of encroachment . This royal tank wasn’t built for personal use,perhaps for the use of the inhabitants of Siri.
Several mosques,madrassas and tombs were constructed,overlooking the water tank. The madrassa,which I gazed at constantly,had an innovative structure built in L-shape. It was one of the leading institutions of Islamic learning in the Delhi Sultanate. It was also considered the largest and best-equipped Islamic seminary in the world.
As it is a dead fort,the architecture today stands worn out and hence not many of its buildings are recognizable. Today,what this fort gives to the tourists is still great. Its wide lawns are a perfect stop for us to run around. The ruins offer alleys and other secret passages for tourists to explore. For people who like to indulge in photography,the worn out walls offer an interesting subject.
The fort overlooks a wide pond,which is home to many birds and various kinds of flowers. Though the pond is unkempt,the beauty of nature cannot go unnoticed. The inlets to the reservoir were blocked and consequently,the lake had been lying dry for several years.
The lake has been revived and converted into a beautiful sight for onlookers. More recently,the Hauz Khas lake and the surrounding park were actively developed. The Indo-Islamic architecture done by Malik Ghazi Shahna between 1352 AD and 1354 AD is an inspiration to all those with an artistic support. The seven domes made with red sand stone and marble are now of a lot of importance to the heritage for the new generation. to which active visits are being made by joggers and students.
We all came back really recharged, and look forward to our class 7th syllabus, where we can talk about all that we have “seen”, and not just mugged up.