Hauz Khas

Siri is not just Apple’s intelligent personal assistant. Siri was the capital city of the Delhi Sultanate at the end of the 13th century. The royal lake (“Hauz Khas” in Farsi) was a reservoir to provide water to the city, constructed by Allah-uddin Khilji. Later Tughlaq rulers built a famous madrasa and mosque on the lake shore. In the mid 14th century, Delhi became the most important centre of Islamic education. The Mongols sacked Siri a hundred years after it was built.


Over the past thirty five years, the area has been restored. Hauz Khas village has been gentrified, with fancy restaurants and clothing shops.

There is some street art, but not as impressive as Lodhi Colony.

Around the lake is a deer park, dotted with ruined tombs and cages containing rabbits and guinea pigs. We gatecrashed a birthday party in Kali Gumti and made some new Indian friends.

In an attempt to get more Delhiites to get physically active, there are some areas with very basic exercise machines.


By Dr Alfred Prunesquallor

Maverick doctor with 40 years experience, I reduced my NHS commitment in 2013. I am now enjoying being free lance, working where I am needed overseas. Now I am working in the UK helping with the current coronavirus pandemic.

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