Sunder Nursery – Delhi’s Central Park

Our vlog/documentary about this amazing paradise garden in Delhi ๐Ÿ™‚

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.

Glimpses : Heritage and Healing at Surajkund

Welcome to the land of โ€œthe rising sunโ€.. the 10th century Sun Temple and reservoir โ€“ 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!

More info: https://adityapathak.net/2019/07/31/surajkund-tour/

Chakrata Vlog ๐Ÿ˜Š ๐ŸŒ Tiger Falls – Fruit Plucking – Geology Lessons and more!

Vlogged a recent trip to the beautiful hill station of Chakrata, Uttrakhand (India). Beautiful landscape, fun times and even lessons in “Geology” ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy!

Nirvana Trail – Glimpses

Glimpses from the recent tour ๐Ÿ™‚ The Nirvana Trail โ€“ โ€˜Viharaโ€™ (โ€˜experientialโ€™ walking) across a lesser known ancient chapter in the story of Delhi!

Asoka Mission – Buddhist Vihara in Mehrauli (Video – Hindi and English)

Bringing to you another hidden gem from #TranquilDelhi ๐Ÿ™‚ Here’s ASOKA MISSION for you! A #Buddhist Vihara in #Mehrauli ..since 1948!

 

 

A premier Buddhist institution of Delhi, Asoka Mission was founded by the eminent Cambodian monk Ven. Dharmavara Mahathera in 1948 with invaluable support from Prime Minister Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru and other public men and scholars.

Asoka Mission is a registered society. Its objective is โ€œto promote friendly relations, understanding and peace amongst men through education, health care, social and religious services and economic upliftmentโ€. It endeavours to promote friendly relations between nations and communities.

Asoka Mission has the privilege of receiving high ranking dignitaries like HH the Dalai Lama, HH the Panchhen Lama, Prince Norodom Sinhanouk of Cambodia, HH Sangharaja of Laos, Fuji Guruji of Japan, HH Gamboja Hambo Lama of Mongolia, former President KR Narayanan of India and many others. Former Prime Minister of Myanmar, U Nu had planted the bodhi tree on the mission premises in 1953.

Ven. Dharmavara Mahathera left for USA in 1975. Asoka Mission was formally reorganized with Ven. Lama Lobzang as President. New Activities were started to revitalize it.

Asoka Mission campus is spread over 12.5 acres in the heart of capital city of India. One of the old structures is used as the shrine. It has been regularly celebrating the bUddha Purnima and other functions and religious rituals. It has been organizing meditation camps and retreats, (including those by foreign monks) from time to time.

Asoka Mission apart from running a meditation center and its other activities is presently concentrating on providing a firm foundation to its research wing, Centre for Studies in Transnational Buddhism & Civilizations. It is engaged in research on Education in Ancient Asia of which the Global Buddhist Congregation, the current conference is an offshoot. Before this conference, The Meaning of SriNalanda, held in April 28th to 30th, 2003 was the first international conference the Mission conducted. The Mission is also engaged in two other projects, viz., the Himalayan Research Centre for High Altitude Diseases, and the Asoka Mission Health Care Centre, New Delhi- A lifeline for Ladakh.

Note: Text sourced from: https://www.indiamart.com/asoka-mission-delhi/aboutus.html

Jain Mandir Dadabari (Mehrauli)

Latest webisode in the #TranquilDelhi #JourneysWithin vlog series – Jain Temple Dadabari of Mehrauli, Delhi, India!