Hauz Khas, Delhi derives its name from the artificial lake, created in the fourteenth century to provide water to the residents of the Siri Fort city. The Hauz Khas Complex on the eastern and southern banks of the lake has Firuz Shah Tughlaq’s tomb, tombs of Tughlaq era, madrasa, assembly hall and mosque.
Hauz Khas in Delhi is a historically important area with many monuments belonging to the Tughlaq and Lodi periods. Most of these monuments are in an excellent state of preservation and give an insight into the architectural style of these periods.
I’tmad-ud-Daula’s Tomb is the tomb of Mirza Ghiyas Beg and his wife Asmat Begum. Mirza Ghiyas Beg came to India from Persia and joined the court of Mughal emperor Akbar. He rose in Akbar’s court and Akbar conferred on him the title I’tmad-ud-Daula, which means, the pillar of the State.
Mirza Abdul Rahim Khan-i-Khana (1556-1627), popularly known as Rahim, was son of Bairam Khan and was one of the Navaratnas, or main ministers, in the court of the great Mughal emperor, Akbar. Abdul Rahim was a learned man with great command over Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Hindi and Sanskrit languages.
Humayun (1508-56) was the second Mughal emperor who ruled during 1530-56. Humayun’s Tomb is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was built by his widow, Hamida Banu Begum during the years, 1565-72.