The Tughlaq Legacy – Hauz Khas Rediscovered
The Tughlaq Legacy – Hauz Khas Rediscovered
with Gaurav Sharma


Come and explore how a tank which was created in early 14th century to cater to the needs of the 2nd city of Delhi was saved by Ferozeshah Tughlaq from encroachment which was prevalent event in the middle of the 14th century.

Unravel why Hauz khas was choosen to be the site of the biggest Islamic seminary by Ferozeshah Tughlaq. Learn what the curriculum and student life was like and how Hauz Khas was the anti-thesis to the prevalent Madarsa architecture of the time. Explore the intriguing presence of Stone railings around the final resting place of Sultan Ferozeshah Tughlaq. And finally see how Hauz Khas would have looked in its original grandeur.

Monuments Covered Original entrance gatehouse to enclosure – Classrooms, Student rooms, Assembly Halls, Teacher’s Quarters, Garden Tombs, Tomb of Ferozeshah Tughlaq, Mosque.

Target Audience History, Architecture and Story enthusiasts!
Meeting/Start Point Parking area near Deer park gate (Hauz Khas Village side)

  • Please report 15 minutes prior to start time of session. Due to any reason, if you are running late or need help finding the meeting point, please contact GointheCity on this number. Aditi - 9818688010; 9582891707 - Ajay
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Gaurav Sharma's Profile
Gaurav was born in 1987 and has been a lifelong Dilliwala. He grew up amidst the multilayered culture of Delhi. He has a degree in History (honours) from Dayal Singh College, University of Delhi and subsequently he enhanced his passion for history by completing the 'INDIA: ART & CULTURE' certificate from the National Museum Institute. His experience of working in art galleries gave him a fair idea of what art connoisseurs look for. He was a history consultant with the TIMES Newspaper in Education and had a short stint at Khalsa college, St. Stephens Colleges and the Department of History at Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Delhi. His long experience of researching on historical personalities has lent him enough credentials to narrate historical events in a well researched/factual and storytelling manner.

2 Hours

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Reviews (17)

Connecting us to the past! Fantastic way!
- Kartik
Nice way to show Delhi to people who visit the HKV only for the parties and buffets. Beautiful concept. We did realise the state of prevailing affairs at the Village. Efforts were made by the Delhi Development Authority to develop Hauz Khas village in the past. The inlets to the reservoir were blocked and consequently,the lake had been lying dry for several years. To rectify the situation,a plan was implemented in 2004 to store stormwater generated at the southern ridge of Delhi,behind an embankment,and then diverting it to the lake. An outside source has also been tapped by feeding the water from the treatment plant at Sanjay Van into the lake. The lake has been revived and converted into a beautiful sight for onlookers. More recently,the Hauz Khas lake and the surrounding park was developed. The pavement area has been well developed with fresh air of the greenery that made us so moved. 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.
- Sukhleen
A beautiful site for photography and birding as well. History buffs will love it to the core.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.
- Aum
Visiting the Hauz Khas complex,which is built around an urbanised village was an experience in a lovely way. Its medieval history can be traced back to the 13th Century of the Delhi Sultanate reign. The Hauz Khas Complex was a part of the second medieval city of India,of the Delhi Sultanate of Allaudin Khilji Dynasty.The Hauz Khas Tank is famous for its Royal Tank,which is well maintained in spite of encroachment and siltation . This royal tank wasn’t built for personal use,perhaps for the use of the inhabitants of Siri. We loved the way Gaurav explained everything to us,
- Rupayan
For people who like to indulge in photography,the worn out walls offer an interesting subject. Moreover,the fort looks mesmerizing during sunset and sunrise. 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. I thank GointheCity for organising this wonderful experience as I have gained a lot of knowledge about it and also enjoyed myself thoroughly.
- Jaiyda J
Lovely experiences, me and my friends enjoyed alot. The Hauz Khas Fort was initially named Hauz-i-Khas after the emperor. However,later,Firoz Shah Tughlaq ordered to rebuild this tank as royal baths. It was he who christened it Hauz Khas. As it is a dead fort,the architecture today stands worn out and hence not many of its buildings are recognisable. Today,what this fort gives to the tourists is still unmatchable. Its wide lawns are a perfect stop for us to run around. The ruins offer alleys and other secret passages for tourists to explore.
- Harshita Kumar
We were taken to the Hauz Khas with our teachers and friends. It was a great experience. The excursion had great educational value. Apart from educating students and exposing them to various experiences,it is also a great means of recreation. It was the day all of us awaited for eagerly.
- Yuvika
Had a nice time in the winter picnic with Gaurav Sir. He told us about the history of the place. The tomb was built by Firoz Shah Tughlaq; he was one of the sultans of the Tuqhlaq dynasty. He showed great interest in architecture,he had also contributed by building a few more monumental structures such as the madrassa,which was used for teaching purposes for the royal family and the mosque,to read namaz. It also consisted of a few canopy-like structures called Chatris. Altogether,for me,it was an amazing excursion,and we learnt a few more new aspects of our Indian history.
- Loveleen
Was a very interesting experience. Hauz Khas village complex was built over the Siri area in 1352-1354. The name was derived from two Urdu words,Hauz meaning water tank and Khas meaning royal. It was designed to supply water to the nobles and the common man living in the Siri region. The Hauz Khas Complex within the fort also has an ancient mosque,tomb,madrassa and small misches on the walls.
- Narain Gupta
We went with our class teacher and were guided by an amazing guide- Gaurav Sir. It was a wonderful experience to visit this historical monument of India. India is among one of the rare and unique countries in the world which stands out for its ancient cultures and traditions that span centuries. We were told by Gaurav sir that the Hauz Khas Complex in South Delhi houses a water tank,an Islamic seminary,a mosque,a tomb and pavilions built around an urbanised village with medieval history traced to the 13th Century of the Delhi Sultanate reign. It was part of Siri (now known as Hauz Khas),the second medieval city of India. Hauz means water tank and Khas means royal/special. A mosque and a madrassa also stand on either side of the lake. The monument is now taken care by the ASI (Archaeological Survey of India). India’s grand repository of ancient cultural and natural treasures is of great significance to the history and civilization of the world.
- Dhruvika Bhatti
We learnt that the Hauz Khas,or the ‘royal tank’ and the fort,were built in the 13th Century during the reign of the Delhi Sultan,Allaudin Khilji,basically to channelise water path towards the inhabitants of Siri and was a model of the Indo-Islamic architecture. An interesting fact was that the monument was still so sturdy and strong,built nearly 800 years ago with scientific calculations ,practical architecture,planning ,transportation and construction. The tour was very informative,and made me notice the cultural traditions and heritage our country holds.
- Himani Dahiya
I had a wonderful experience at the Hauz Khas complex.I got to know about the diverse styles of architecture present in our country. The Hauz Khas complex is an example of Indo- Islamic architecture,and is very beautiful. Built during the reign of the Tughlaq dynasty,this monument is located in the Siri area of Delhi. It consists of a tomb,a madrassa and a royal lake. The tomb has the grave of Firoz Shah Tughlaq. I was extremely fascinated by the architecture. The madrassa was where the schooling of the students took place. The lake was very beautiful. The monument is made up of buff sandstone,and very intricate.This monument fascinated me and I honestly think it should be a world heritage site. Delhi consists of diverse styles of architecture,and I am very proud of it.
- Tahira Khan
We visited the Hauz Khas Complex from our school. Gaurav sir showed us around the area,which comprised of a huge pond,forts and Firoz Shah’s tomb. He told us about the art and architecture of the forts and its history. The historic pond was made to provide water to the entire Firoz Shah Kotla area. The entire structure was constructed using Islamic architecture. It was made during the Tughlaq Dynasty during the medieval period,which was very intriguing. After receiving so much knowledge and information on our heritage city,it felt very warm and nice to be a Delhiite! Delhi’s rich heritage and culture should be preserved,and more active groups should take part in restoration of these monuments as they are the pride and glory of India.
- Tushima Madan
Travelling alone to India, I decided to do a few walks with Gointhecity, and I started with the walk at the Hauz Khas Village. what a brillaint start. I loved every bit of the walk, and the facts. Some interesting ways of the old world. My other walks with the group, were at the Qutab Minar, the Old Delhi and the Humayun's Tomb. Each one was nice, am glad! Different perspective given to life, with these enchanting stories!
- Joyce
Group of friends, and we loved it, and spend the morning after the walk, chilling out in the cafes and lovely spots. Nice way to spend the weekend morning on a weekend
- Jasjeet
Watching the sun go down, and hear the stories of the past, at the Hauz khas village, e great experience!
- Wasim
Lovely, didnt know so much history existed in the famous HKV! Thanks Gaurav!
- Gaytri

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