I visited Hauz Khas last year for the first time. Then I went back again in January and roamed around the ancient ruins. I liked this passage most from all the pictures I clicked.
Hauz Khas Monument, New Delhi
However it was not as quiet as the first picture will suggest. It was full of college going students who came with their guitar and all! One group was having a birthday party.
Hauz Khas, New Delhi
But some of them would leave the litter around. Not good, not good at all.
When I visited the Hauz Khas area in South Delhi for the first time in October 2012 I certainly did not expect to see a lake right in the middle of the chaotic city that is Delhi. But there it was right in front of my eyes. I decided to spend some time exploring the area and then head home.
Sunset at Kauz Khas Lake, New Delhi, India
But after spotting this lake I started my journey home after the sunset! I roamed around for good 2-3 hours in the end!
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When I started looking at my pictures from my yesterday’s visit to Hauz Khas, my intention was to do one post. I realized it would be one very long post if I posted even the pictures I thought have come out well.
I have to admit I have hardly explored Delhi at all. Yesterday too, I was meeting people who have an online presence in the travel field. I decided to walk from the Hauz Khas metro station to Hauz Khas Village. And right on this walk was a temple and two ASI monuments! But for today’s post I am sticking to the pictures from Hauz Khas.
Can you imagine this view in the middle of Delhi? Well this is Hauz Khas and hence I said I would be sticking to the pictures from that area. Hauz in Urdu means a water tank and Khas means special and in this case royal. So Hauz Khas literally means the royal tank and I am posting the pictures I clicked around it. I actually first stumbled across the monument in the Hauz Khas Village and I could see a water body below with birds flying around it. I decided I was going to check it our after the meeting and the lunch got over. And I am happy I did. I thought I would rush back home but I stayed till the sunset time.
There are a lot of ducks by the lake and people feed them. They had a gala time, particularly kids. Some people give them roti crumbs but a lot of them simply brought grass strands from the nearby areas! And the birds seem to enjoy the grass.
You can see many ducks in this picture and this is a partial view, there were many many more. I have associated Delhi (in fact all NCR) with traffic jams, rude auto drivers and bargaining (yes I am not good at it). So it was an amazing experience to see this lake in the middle of the city. And it was reasonably clean too. I am glad we have not choked it with rubbish.
Apart from the lake there was a big park too and I could see for quite a few people it was the regular jogging spot. And for some the regular meeting spot. Don’t go by my picture above it was a crowded place. I waited patiently for the crowd to move out from my shot at least directly. I was largely left in peace to click my pictures.
After this visit to Hauz Khas I have to say I am going to expect more of Delhi. And explore it more with my daughter. I think Chhavi has grown up enough for us to roam around Delhi!
I started my India travel blog, Travel Tales from India in 2005. In 2016 I realized Travel Tales from India and Abroad better reflected my writings. I love to walk and ride in metros around the world. I have not been everywhere, I am not even close, but it is on my list. I also quit my job as a professor in 2015, it was a happening year! I did a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur ages ago!
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