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Hauzkhas Village- "Love in the ruins"


Many a love stories have begun with me… many more will come alive..
Your love adds colour to me .. violet, yellow, red and saffire..
Come add music to my life as I give a place for you to hide..
Come.. eat, sing and laugh with me… through you I live my youth & my life



Hello people!!

Well, this post is nothing but my attempt to revive an old blogpost that I wrote some 7-8 years back.

With time, everything changes; so, did Hauzkhas village. What was obscure 8-10 years back is now a bustling Delhi spot with innumerable restaurants and people from all walks of life. What hasn't changed a bit is the positive, infectious vibe of the place.


The place got its share of buzz with the great Bollywood Imtiaz Ali movies like “Rockstar" and "Tamashaa", although Tamashaa came in much later.

Ruins of Hauzkhas is the place where Heer (of Rockstar movie) gets high on desi daaru with Janardan.

A still from Rockstar movie, thThis scene was shot in HKV

This is the place where Tara and Ved bump into each other after their fling in Corsica; you would remember the Hauzkhas social and the beautiful street graffiti clad walls; well, I surely do.

Graffiti Art HKV
Picture by notjustmommying

This place is extra special to me, because I had my maternity shoot done here; and I chose this place for the shoot because it has always held a special place in my heart.
A picture from my maternity shoot
Rajiv Iyer photography

When to visit HKV: In winters and monsoon you can visit anytime (day and evening); in summers, however its best to visit during the evenings.

The historical complex opens between 1030 to 7pm and the restaurants are open till late in the night.

Who would you find here: Photography and history enthusiasts; artists, designers, expats and people like us getting their pre-wedding, maternity or portfolio shoot done; this place welcomes all, young and old alike.

What I wrote in 2008 about the place is here


Hauzkhas ruins
Picture by notjustmommying


Many a love stories have begun with me… many more will come alive..
Your love adds colour to me .. violet, yellow, red and saffire..
Come add music to my life as I give a place for you to hide..
Come.. eat, sing and laugh with me… through you I live my youth & my life

Hauz khas ruins complex is a part of deer park and is surrounded by hauz khas enclave,Greenpark and Safdarjung enclave.

Taking you back in history the place was built in 13th century and was a part of second medieval city of Delhi sultanate. To meet the water requirements Allauddin Khilji excavated the Hauz which later came to be known as “Hauz Khas”, hauz for tank/lake and khas for royal. The complex houses Firoz Shah’s tomb, madrassa and a mosque along with the royal tank. That’s enough of a flash back into the history for more of such drab information you may click here.

Hauzkhas ruins
Picture by notjustmommying

The complex is probably one of the most obscure places in Delhi, only famous amongst designers, foreigners and the likes of it for its quaint antique stores, boutiques, and few good restaurants. As for me, this place is perfect to watch the sun slowly hide behind the earth for its slumber.
The dilapidated 13th century structure along with young love budding in its nooks and corners, gang of college students smoking and juxtaposing them the health-conscious breed, jogging by the pond side, vying to reduce that extra inch - makes it a beautiful play of human emotions, priorities, nature and time…

My idea of enjoyment at this place is a cup of tea along with Wai-Wai cup noodles, a great company and some good photography..

Have you been to Hauzkhas Village? Do share your experience with me..

Comments

  1. I have never been to this place, even though i stay in delhi. I have tried going thr many times, but always postponed. The place is no doubt beautiful

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  2. I so wanna visit this place though. It's so beautiful

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  3. I've been to Delhi so many times but I never got a chance to go to Hauzkhas village. Looks like I've missed a beautiful place.

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  4. I live in Noida for ten years now but i have only heard about this place. time to go there!! Loved reading this :-)

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  5. Even though its a ruin.. it is so very beautiful.. i want to visit it asap 😍

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  6. i want to visit delhi, if i visit will surely visit..

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  7. I never been to go there. And not heard much about this place also. So never make any plan to go there. But in your post it looks nice place to hangout so i will make a plan soon. Thanks for reviewing the place

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  8. I never been to go there. And not heard much about this place also. So never make any plan to go there. But in your post it looks nice place to hangout so i will make a plan soon. Thanks for reviewing the place

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  9. Thanks for introducing such a beautiful and historic place. Would love to visit this place whenever I am in Delhi.

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  10. I've never been to Haus khas village like you said its best fro photography and want to explore it soon

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  11. This is my favorite place... me and my husband love going there for picnics 😀

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  12. Adding this place in my bucket list 😍 looks good

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  13. truly a beautiful place. But i have never been there. Will surely visit

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  14. Now I want to go to this place... Surely when I am in delhi... This place is so picturesque

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