Springdales students visit Hauz Khas Complex

On january 17, we visited the Hauz Khas Complex. It was one of the coldest mornings of this season.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: January 23, 2012 12:57 am

On january 17, we visited the Hauz Khas Complex. It was one of the coldest mornings of this season. We were guided by our tour experts from the Indian Express. They showed us around the area,which comprised of a huge pond,forts and Firoz Shah’s tomb. The 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.

Tanima Kohli

I had a wonderful experience at the Hauz Khas complex. Being a resident of Hauz Khas,I was unaware of this monument. I am delighted that I was a part of this visit. 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 was 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 accommodates 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. The monument is under the ASI and INTACH. 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.

Dhruv Mittar,X-D

The trip to the Hauz Khaz complex, organised by the Indian Express group, was fun and fascinating . 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. It was heartening to hear that agencies like INTACH and MCD were carrying out necessary restoration work. The tour was very informative,and made me notice the cultural traditions and heritage our country holds.

Shefali bharati,X-B

On January 17,2012,a group of 100 students went to visit the Hauz Khas Complex located in South Delhi. We went with our class teacher and were guided by an amazing guide. 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 the guide 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.

Tarang Gupta

Our visit to the Hauz Khas Complex on January 17 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. 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.

Aishwarya Singh,X-A

On January 17,we were taken to the Hauz Khas Fort. It was a great experience. The excursion had great educational value. That is why schools often organize excursions for the students. 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. 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. 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 Indian Express for organising this wonderful excursion as I have gained a lot of knowledge about it and also enjoyed myself thoroughly.

Saumya Grover,X-B

All in all a good journey,it started on the chilly morning of January 17 when the Indian Express gave its readers the honor of visiting the Hauz Khas complex,which is built around an urbanised village. 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. 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. 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. With these efforts initiated by The Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH),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 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.

Harshika Wadhwa

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