Friday, May 13, 2016

Evening gup-shup at Hauz Khas

The ruins at Hauz Khas are a happy place to spend the evening catching up with friends. Amidst the medieval architecture of an old university complex, you can find a quiet spot to relax.
After the sack of Baghdad by the Mongols in 1258, Delhi became the most important place in the world for Islamic education. Many leading philosophers and teachers migrated to Delhi. The university at Hauz Khas was established in 1352, and became one of the largest and best equipped Islamic seminaries in the world.
They university came up around a beautiful Royal Tank (Hauz Khas). The tank was originally dug by the Khiljis in the 1200's, but it was deepened and improved by Firoz Shah Tughlaq (1309 - 1338). Can you imagine how beautiful this university must have been? It is a green oasis even now. Firoz Shah Tughlaq's tomb is also there, in the building on the left.
On weekends, Hauz Khas is very popular. Here's a group that was playing the guitar when I went:
Another bunch of people were practising parkour:
There are usually lots of people around, but you can still find quiet places to sit and chat. Or have a romantic moment. See these photos below, for glimpses of a Sunday evening at Hauz Khas.

So many people, each lost in their own world :) Perhaps just a handful of them knew the history of Hauz Khas; or that algebra was once taught here, and astronomy, and poetry, and calligraphy and geography.

8 comments:

Shrirang Khandekar said...

Nice photoblog. Always wondered why the name "Houz Khas" and history behind it. Your blog explains that.

Deepa Krishnan said...

Hauz is a Persian word which means pond or water body.

Deepa Krishnan said...

And Khas is another Persian word meaning royal or special.

Manek Sangoi said...

Thanks. Just reading your blog we were walking in our memory lane as we lived in South Delhi for more than 20 yrs and many a times visited Hoz Khas just walking from Green park ext. Thanks to archeology deptt. to maintain it well and also to the public to keep in clean.Now there is very posh and very expensive residential area close to it. During around 1960 we coould hear the peackcock singing.

Manek Sangoi said...

Thanks. Just reading your blog we were walking in our memory lane as we lived in South Delhi for more than 20 yrs and many a times visited Hoz Khas just walking from Green park ext. Thanks to archeology deptt. to maintain it well and also to the public to keep in clean.Now there is very posh and very expensive residential area close to it. During around 1960 we coould hear the peackcock singing.

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Simon said...

Looks like a pleasant place to visit and the building has been very impressive in its prime. I think what is even more of an attraction is that the building seems to be a meeting point where people are still continuing to come together to spend a little time chilling out, and that can only be a good thing.

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