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Hauz Khas (Hindi: हौज खास) is an affluent neighbourhood in South Delhi, its heart being the historic Hauz Khas Complex. It is centrally located and offers both rural (Hauz Khas Village) and urban (Hauz Khas Enclave, Market) environments. its also known as tazim ka chota quila.
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 is also home to various diplomatic missions such as the ones of Albania, Iraq, Guinea Bissau, Burundi and Macedonia. Some well-known people like cricketer Virender Sehwag live here.
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 Allauddin Khilji (r. 1296–1316) (the plaque displayed at the site records this fact) to supply water to the inhabitants of Siri Fort.
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 neighbouring 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 Development Area, Hauz Khas Village, Kalu Sarai, IIT-Delhi, Shahpur Jat, Asiad Village and institutional areas like on Sirifort Road and Aurobindo Marg.
Hauz Khas village
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. Then, in the late 1990s restaurants started coming up in the area, today it has around 40 restaurants, bars, pubs and cafes.
Points of interest
Historical Places like the Hauz Khas Complex which consists the Hauz Khas Lake or Royal Tank, a mosque and a tomb, all from the time of the Khilji 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.
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 Line) is situated towards the Outer Ring Road.
Hauz Khas houses prestigious colleges like the Indian Institute of Technology,Delhi(IIT) and the National Institute of Fashion Technology,Delhi(NIFT). Hauz Khas also contains private schools such as Laxman Public School and General Raj's 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 MADEEASY, 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.
Hospitals & Health Care
Hauz Khas has quality hospitals like Max Medcentre, Healing Touch Hospital, Orthonova Hospital. There are also small clinics of reputed doctors in this area.
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