The story of Indian forests and the Forest Research Institute!
Built in 1707, almost half a century after Taj Mahal, this lesser known shrine, situated in the heart of Dehradun, is the reason why the town is named so! The construction was patronised by Aurangzeb who dedicated this place to his friend and guide, Sri Guru Ram Rai. This complex is one of the finest examples of artworks of Mughal times ..with marvellous Frescoes, Marble-inlay work (pachchikari) done by the descendants of artists who worked on Taj Mahal.. this place is an oasis of tranquility in Dehradun.
In this episode – the story of Buddhism in Dehradun, Tibetan Buddhism, and the Buddhist connections of Benaras, Kashmir, Uttarakhand and Haryana!
New vlog/documentary 🙂 This time it’s the beautiful tomb of Nawaab Safdarjung, located in Delhi, India!
Our new vlog covering the following topics 🙂
– Tomb of Humayun
– Isa Khan’s Tomb
– Bu Halima’s gateway
– Arab Ki Serai
– Afsarwala Tomb and mosque
– West Gate
– Char Bagh, Paradise Gardens
– Conservation and redevelopment
– Architecture, Aesthetics and Culture
– Nizamuddin Basti Redevelopment
– Skill Development
Our vlog/documentary about this amazing paradise garden in Delhi 🙂
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. 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 hectare). Future plans aim to link nearby areas to develop it into India’s largest park covering 900 acres.
Today Sunder Nursery contains fifteen heritage monuments of which 6 are UNESCO World Heritage sites, including Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) protected Sunder Burj, Sunderwala Mahal and Lakkarwala Burj.
The development works at Sunder Nursery commenced in 2007 by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) in partnership with the Central Public Works Department (CPWD), the nursery reopened to public as a heritage park on 21 February 2018. Now it contains over 300 types of trees, making it Delhi’s first arboretum.
During the British rule, the nursery was established to grow experimental plants, which gave it its current designation as a nursery. The “Sunder” part of the name comes from the Sunder Burj tomb located in the same premises. Although the name Sunder Nursery has still held, the park has been quoted to be a ‘Delhi’s Central Park’ after landscape development works undergone since 2007.
Sunder Nursery is part of the larger Nizamuddin Urban Renewal Project of the Aga Khan Trust, master plan which involves restoration work on 30 nearby heritage structures.
Welcome to the land of “the rising sun”.. the 10th century Sun Temple and reservoir – Surajkund ..located amidst the tranquil surroundings of Aravalis! In this tour we will discuss about the evolution of this neighborhood since the ancient till the modern times, the architectural style found here and other significant chapters in the history of Delhi. We will also together experience a unique energy healing and musical meditation session while wandering amidst the relics of an ancient Sun Temple!
We highly encourage you to bring kids and other kin along for this beautiful journey 🙂 It might rain, making it double the fun.. please dress accordingly and carry along an umbrella if you like. Some meditation activities might involve touching and feeling rocks, trees, soil etc. (optional). Please carry along hand sanitiser, if needed. It’s a longish trail and food might not be available at the venue. Feel free to carry along some snacks and typical picnic food.
The terrain is mostly easy. The ascend to the temple and the descend to the reservoir includes some stairs and stone blocks to be manoeuvred.
Walk leader : Aditya Pathak
Event Fee*: Rs.500 per individual
Inclusions: Venue Ticket** (Indian) + Heritage Walk + Meditation/Healing Session
*Note1: the event is FREE for kids below 15 years in age when accompanied by adults – up to a max of 2 kids with 1 adult
**Note2: Foreign nationals will need to bear the entry tickets themselves (Non Indian entry tickets – Rs.300 per head)
Date: Sunday, 4th Aug 2019
Meeting Point: Surajkund Lake Gate/Ticket Counter – Map: https://goo.gl/maps/vva2kwp43rAHcaQK7
Parking: Available near the meeting point
Nearest Metro Station: Badarpur Border (approx. 7.5 km from the venue)
for any queries : 9818278665