Hauz Khas Village Market
The Hauz Khas village area is no longer a mystery to the locals as well as the tourists after the 13th and 14th Monumental delights located in this area were recently deemed as a protected heritage site and is undergoing renovation and restoration by the Archaeological Survey Of India whose principle function is to explore, excavate, conserve and protect the monuments and sites of National and World Importance. Initially, this place was tucked away in one corner and known only as a residential complex that housed its own market area.
Today, the Hauz Khas Village is known as the New York East Village of Delhi. It houses elegant homes along side trendy designer buildings, home décor & furnishing outlets as well as fashion boutiques. Along with these retail outlets, this Village also offers a grand view of the 13th Century Monuments situated along an ancient water body also known as the Hauz-i-Shamsi, a water storage tank or reservoir that was constructed by Sultan Iltutmish of the Slave Dynasty in 1230 AD and is adjacent to a sprawling park that is tucked away from the noisy streets of Delhi providing an apt recluse from a hectic day or tiring shopping spree.
The Hauz Khas Village Market definitely offers a peaceful and serene experience that is unique and not seen in any other market place in Delhi due to its location and the ancient architectural backdrops that meet the eye while shopping. Besides these haunting yet alluring ruins, the Hauz Khas Village is known for its curio shops, designer stores, two South Indian specialty restaurants, a lounge bar and a Travel Café.
The ‘Kunzum Travel Café’ is located close to the entrance of the monument complex and runs on the basic principal of Pay what you like for coffee, tea and cookies. Visitors can enjoy free internet Wi-Fi connectivity and can also plug their iPods into the music player available in this Café absolutely free of charge. The décor displays a few wicker chairs, mooras, coffee tables and wooden chests that are comfortably spread out across this 500 sq. ft. Café. It features a bookrack that has a couple of Lonely Planets books while a smaller rack is stacked with travel magazines. It also features a board where little paper chits are pinned that have been scribbled in by visitors informing of their next travel destination. The walls are dressed with 60 photographs all framed and taken by the owner during his trips to Assam, Kashmir, Ladakh, Rajasthan, Nepal and Uttarakhand that are retailed at a price between Rs. 2000 to Rs. 25,000 each. It also features a space where poetry societies and music bands can perform during small events hosted here. This Travel Café is a definite must visit for all travellers and tourists.
The new attraction of the Hauz Khas Village market area is its fascinating and stunning art galleries that have been noticed recently. New galleries have sprung up in the past few years and a few are still sprouting around its neighbourhood. The market place just witnessed 3 new art galleries that opened during the first month of 2011 itself hence confirming that this Village is a definite art destination of Delhi. Serious buyers can purchase these art works while visitors who merely want to enjoy a view of these galleries can spend a good hour or two here.
A few famous Art Galleries situated in the Hauz Khas Village area include the Delhi Art Gallery situated at 11, Hauz Khas Village and opens from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM. The Impulse Art offers art work at a price starting at Rs. 80 and onwards. It is situated at 13 – A basement, Hauz Khas Village and opens from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM. The Village Gallery showcases Husain lithograph retailed at Rs. 2.5 lakhs. It is situated at 14, Hauz Khas Village and opens from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM. The Art View gallery specializes in showcasing the art works done by young contemporary Indian artists. Prices range from Rs. 10,000 to Rs 2 lakhs. It is situated at 3, Hauz Khas Village and opens from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM. The Rang Art Gallery showcases art works priced between Rs. 3,000 and Rs 1 lakh. It is situated at 29, Hauz Khas Village and opens from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM. The GNR Art Gallery showcases art works priced between Rs. 10,000 and Rs. 20,000. It is situated near Naivedyam Restaurant, Hauz Khas Village and opens from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Arjuns art gallery showcases art works priced between Rs. 15,000 and up to Rs. 45,000, depending on the size of the canvass and the work detail of the painting. It is situated at 24 / 3, Hauz Khas Village and opens from 10:00 AM to 6:15 PM. The Green House is situated at 24 / 3, First Floor, Hauz Khas Village and opens from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM.
The Hauz Khas Village also features stores like Yodakin which is a unique book store, music and cinema store. The Art Galleries and Boutiques are complimented by fine dining outlets such as the Naivedyam Restaurant and the Park Baluchi Restaurant that offers all the shoppers with their much needed lunch breaks during a serious shopping spree activity.
The Hauz Khas village is definitely an authentic market place of Delhi that homes numerous outlets that retail a variety of antiques, arts and crafts, consumer durable goods, fashionable garments, furniture, shoes, accessories and even multi cuisine food joints. Please note that this market remains opened from Monday to Saturday between 10:30 AM and 7:00 PM and remains closed on Sundays only.