Sunder Nursery- Among 100 of world’s best places — By Uma Nair on Times of India com | Watch videos on the ecological and built heritage of the 90-acre garden

Aerial view over the newly constructed main spine of the Sunder Nursery public garden. Photo: Aga Khan Trus for Culture

The TIME Magazine picked out 100 of the World’s Best Places. One among these is the Sunder Nursery that stands as a testimony of urban renewal and environmental development in the city of Delhi by the Agha Khan Trust for Culture. To step into the Sunder Nursery at dawn as autumn falls in Delhi is to be greeted by the sounds of birds twittering, watch peacocks screeching amidst the trees, listen to the sound of water flowing and take in a series of old monuments that speak of Indian heritage.


Sunder Nursery (Central Park, New Delhi) is a 16th-century heritage park complex adjacent to the Humayun’s Tomb, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Delhi. It is a necropolis containing the mausoleums of Sunderwala Burj, Sunderwala Mahal and Lakkarwala Burj. The adjoining Batashewala complex includes the beautiful pavilion tomb of Mirza Muzaffar Hussain, a son-in-law of emperor Akbar, another tomb called Chhota Batashewala, as well as a very early Mughal-era mausoleum. Originally known as Azim Bagh and built by the Mughals in the 16th century, it lies on the Mughal-era Grand Trunk Road, and is spread over 90 acres (36 hectares).

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Urban renewal in Delhi – Environmental development: Sunder Nursery — AKDN org

The project aimed to enhance and showcase the ecological and built heritage of the 90-acre Sunder Nursery.  A nursery was originally established here in 1912 when the imperial Delhi complex was being planned for propagating and testing tree species from across India and overseas.

An important aim for the development was to creatively combine monuments, forest and nursery functions within one interactive experience.  The landscape master plan aimed to create a major landscape space of truly urban scale, deriving inspiration from the traditional Indian concept of congruency between nature, garden and utility coupled with environmental conservation.  The nursery also provides a major new green space for public recreation.

An arboretum exhibiting the flora of the Delhi region was a central objective of the landscape plan.  This recreates various micro-habitat zones of the national capital region, showing the richness and versatility of the native or naturalised flora; these include kohi (hill), khadar (riverine), bangar (alluvial) and dabar (marshy) zones, which are all representative of Delhi’s fast disappearing biodiversity.  

Aligned with the large entrance plaza of Humayun’s tomb, Sunder Nursery features a spectacular pedestrian Central Axis conceived in three parts, as a progression of formally arranged gardens around the heritage structures and merging at its end with the proposed arboretum and water gardens.  The park  also features mist chambers and dedicated public spaces for flower shows, exhibitions and cultural events.

Source: AKDN org


Video: Mawlana Hazar Imam inaugurates Sunder Nursery  — The Ismaili

The Aga Khan Trust for Culture commenced conservation and landscaping works at Sunder Nursery in 2007. The area has since flourished into a park comprising of formal and informal gardens, water features, orchards, pavilions, bird habitats, and a sunken amphitheatre for cultural events and festivals. The Mughal-inspired central areas feature marble fountains and flowing water set amidst geometric flower beds, and raised pathways.

Source: The Ismaili

26 February 2018


Sunder Nursery gardens in Delhi— Wild Film India com

Sunder Nursery is a 16th-century heritage garden complex adjacent to the Humayun’s Tomb, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Delhi. Originally known as Azim Bagh, it lies on the Mughal-era Grand Trunk Road, and is currently spread over 100 acres. The garden was originally built by the Mughals in the 16th-century. Today it contains nine heritage monuments, including ASI-protected Sundarwala Burj, Sundarwala Mahal and Lakkarwala Burj. During the British rule, nursery was established to grow experimental plants, which gave it its current name, though much of the original garden was thus lost.



Published on 19 Jul 2014

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