Hauz Khas is an affluent neighborhood in South Delhi, its heart being the historic Hauz Khas Complex. Well known in medieval times, the Hauz Khas village has amazing buildings built around the reservoir. There are remnants of Islamic architecture roughly colored by splotches of urban culture. It is centrally located and offers both rural Hauz Khas Village and urban Hauz Khas Enclave, Market environments. Hauz Khas is surrounded by Green Park, SDA (Sri Aurobindo Marg) to the west, Gulmohar Park (Balbir Saxena Marg) towards the north, Sarvapriya Vihar (Outer Ring Road) towards the south and Asiad Village (August Kranti Marg) and Siri Fort to the east.

Hauz Khas
District Subdivision
Hauz Khas is located in Delhi
Hauz Khas
Hauz Khas
Location in Delhi, India
Coordinates: 28°32′50″N 77°12′14″E / 28.5471°N 77.2040°E / 28.5471; 77.2040Coordinates: 28°32′50″N 77°12′14″E / 28.5471°N 77.2040°E / 28.5471; 77.2040
Country India
DistrictSouth Delhi
Founded byAllauddin Khilji
 • OfficialUrdu, Hindi, English, Punjabi,
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
Telephone code011

Hauz Khas is also home to various diplomatic missions such as the ones of Albania, Iraq, Guinea Bissau, Burundi and North Macedonia. Historically Hauz Khas was known as Hauz-e-Alai and is the place where Khusro Khan of Delhi Sultanate was defeated by Ghazi Malik (Governor of Dipalpur) in 1320.


Firuz Shah Tughlaq's tomb with adjoining Madrasa and the Hauz Khas, the "royal tank".
A plaque at the entrance of Hauz Khas Complex

Hauz Khas is named after an ancient water reservoir by the same name, now part of the extensive Hauz Khas Complex. In Urdu language, 'Hauz’ means "water tank" (or lake) and ‘Khas’ means "royal", giving it the meaning — the "Royal tank". The large water tank or reservoir was first built by Alauddin Khalji (r. 1296–1316) (the plaque displayed at the site records this fact) to supply water to the inhabitants of Siri Fort.[1]


It was developed during the 1960s by DLF (Delhi Land & Finance Ltd.) as Hauz Khas Enclave. Later it was made a district of South Delhi encompassing some more neighboring areas.
Hauz Khas (Enclave) as known, consists of A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H,K,L,M,P,Q,R,X,Y,Z Blocks.

E block is the Main market here and lies in the middle of the colony. It includes a multi-level parking lot (scheduled). G block and Aurobindo Market are other markets close by.

Mayfair Gardens is an independent small private colony inside Hauz Khas, neighboured by Padmini Enclave.

Hauz Khas has some of the largest green areas in Delhi, namely Deer Park and Rose Garden.
It is near to the two major hospitals in Delhi, AIIMS and Safdarjung Hospital.

As Hauz Khas now is administered as a district, it is also known as a reference for other areas like Mayfair Gardens, Padmini Enclave, Safdarjung Enclave, Hauz Khas Village, Kalu Sarai, IIT-Delhi, Shahpur Jat, Asiad Village, Katwaria Sarai and institutional areas like on Sirifort Road and Aurobindo Marg.

Hauz Khas villageEdit

An art gallery in the Hauz Khas village.
Hauz Khas village lake after sunset.

Hauz Khas village is a historic habitation around the region of the Hauz Khas Complex, dating to much before establishment of South Delhi city. It existed as an urban village at the edge of larger Hauz Khas area, developed by DLF after the 1960s. The village area started getting modernized in mid-1980s when designer boutiques of fashion designer like Bina Ramani, started moving in.[2][3] Then, in the late 1990s restaurants started coming up in the area, today it has around 50[4] restaurants, bars, pubs and cafes.[5][6]

The success of Hauz Khas village has led to the development of Shahpur Jat and Lado Sarai as fashion and design markets also in the South Delhi area.[2][7]

Points of interestEdit

Historical Places like the Hauz Khas Complex which consists of the Hauz Khas Lake or Royal Tank, a mosque and a tomb, all from the time of the Khalji Dynasty. Neeli Masjid and Chor Minar, where the heads of executed thieves (chor) would be put on display in the earlier days, lie inside the colony.

Nearby landmarks include Siri Fort Auditorium, Siri Fort Sports Complex, HUDCO Place and Yusuf Sarai Community Centre.


The domestic terminal of Indira Gandhi International Airport (Terminal 1) is 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) from Hauz Khas while the international terminal (Terminal 3) is 16 kilometres (9.9 mi).

Hazrat Nizamuddin railway station lies 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) away.

The Hauz Khas Metro Station (Yellow and Magenta Lines) is situated towards the Outer Ring Road.


Hauz Khas houses prestigious engineering and management colleges like the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi and the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade. Hauz Khas also houses the prestigious fashion college National Institute of Fashion Technology.

Hauz Khas also contains reputed private schools such as Laxman Public School and General Raj's School and a school run by the Aurobindo society Mother's International School with Sahoday Senior Secondary School. Due to the location of the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi nearby, the area of Kalu Sarai has developed into an educational hub, with many private cram schools, like MADE EASY (Temple for ESE aspirants), Achievers Point, FIITJEE, Aakash Educational Services Limited, Resonance Eduventures Pvt. Ltd., for helping student with the goal of cracking the admission tests of Indian Institutes of Technology and All India Institute of Medical Sciences, and prestigious exams like Kishore Vaigyanik Protsahan Yojana, National Talent Search Examination, International Mathematics Olympiad, and other competitive tests conducted in India. It also houses Institute of Home Economics, which is a college of University of Delhi. St. Anthony's senior secondary school[8]


Fastbooktrip, Institute of Home Economics, Gaudiya Math, Panchshila Club, Chor Minar, IDGAH, DDA Sarvpriya Vihar Park


  1. ^ Y.D.Sharma (2001). Delhi and its Neighbourhood. Hauz Khas. New Delhi: Archaeological Survey of India. pp. 79–81. Archived from the original on 31 August 2005. Retrieved 24 April 2009.
  2. ^ a b "Whine Not". Indian Express. 19 July 2011. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
  3. ^ Emma Tarlo (1996). Clothing Matters: Dress and Identity in India. C. Hurst & Co. Publishers. pp. 288–. ISBN 978-1-85065-176-5.
  4. ^ "Bars 'raise fire safety fears' in Delhi's Hauz Khas Village". Mail Online. Retrieved 12 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Hauz Khas Village eateries under lens". The Times Of India. 6 March 2013. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
  6. ^ "The New, New, Hauz Khas Village". Indian Express. 18 October 2011. Retrieved 15 June 2013.
  7. ^ "Delhi's soho". Hindustan Times. 15 June 2011. Retrieved 16 June 2013.
  8. ^ http://www.stanthonyschool.in/

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