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Hauz Khas Complex

Hauz Khas Complex is a one location where quaint cafes, high-end boutiques, medieval antiquities, history and urbanity mingle like never before. Explore the urban heritage of Hauz Khas with ‘Delhi Walks’, a flagship brand of ‘India City Walks’ which strives to provide unique, memorable and unparalleled city experiences. Pick and choose from a wide range of itineraries that’ll enable you to explore the quirky, multicultural fabric of Delhi, thus helping them connect with the plural, vibrant soul of the city. Hauz Khas houses the architectural legacy of two different dynasties, namely the Khaljis and the Tughlaqs.



Under the Delhi Sultans, the village of Hauz Khas was also known as Tarabābād (the City of Joy). ‘Delhi Walks’ shall begin the walk with a storytelling session on the second city of Delhi, which was built by Alauddin Khalji (1296-1316), the third ruler of the Khalji dynasty (1290-1321) who wanted to leave a mark in Delhi and created an oval shaped city right between existing establishments, calling it Sīri. In this new capital he built several edifices to cater to the needs of every citizen. Delhi Walks shall take you to one such structure which happens to be a huge water reservoir called Hauz-i-Alāi. When Firoz Shah Tughlaq, the emperor who was renowned for his keen interest in heritage and antiquities ascended the throne after the death of Mohammad bin Tughlaq in 1351 A.D., he started massive reconstruction work. He repaired and re-excavated the Hauz-i-Alāi and re-named it as Hauz Khās, adding around 30 gardens in and around this area and many other old structures.

‘Delhi Walks’ shall take to another structure that has the indelible imprint of Tughlaqian architecture on it. The madrasa was the center of Muslim theological learning in the 14th century and the chief educational endowment of the Tughlaq dynasty.


The tour will also help you understand how the beautiful landscape of this area was achieved through laying gardens to the east and south. The garden also contains the tomb of Firoz Shah Tughlaq, who was this institution’s founder and patron. At the northern end of the complex is the madrasa’s mosque, built once again by Firoz Tughlaq. The madrasa and its garden were nourished in multiple ways by the water of the hauz, and the tomb, as a memorial and a stepping-stone toward paradise. Seeking order and stability after the tumult of his cousin’s reign (Muhammad Bin Tughlaq), the Tughlaq Sultan created one of the most remarkable buildings in the history of medieval Islamic architecture and attracted to this great center of learning scholars and students from all over the Muslim world. Explore Hauz Khas Village with ‘Delhi Walks’, a blend of historical and commercial centers.

With‘Delhi Walks’, a flagship brand of ‘India City Walks’, enjoy heritage in the form of several monuments clustered together and with fashionable boutiques and restaurants, explore what makes this place a popular spot for food, fashion and lessons in Tughlaqian history and architecture.

We strive to exceed your expectations and make our walks even better every time and try our best to make your visit the most memorable one. Delhi is a pulsating modern city with 5,000 years of history that has witnessed the rise and fall of many empires.

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