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.
A Heritage Walk to the mazaar of the great poet Mirza Ghalib at the Nizamuddin area of Delhi, India!
Qawwalis and some memories from “Shaam e Hzt Nizamuddin” (3 Jan 2016) a Sufi exploration walk organized by our friends at Delhi Karavan
Some memories from “Shaam e Hzt Nizamuddin” (2 Jan 2016) a Sufi exploration walk organized by our friends at Delhi Karavan 🙂
Many Dilli-waalas are aware of Hzt. Nizamuddin Auliya, anecdotes from his life and the way he is loved by so many seekers! But not many are aware that one of the narrow by-lanes of South Delhi also houses the final resting place of the woman who brought this great Sufi saint into this world. We bring to you the shrine/dargaah of Hzt. Mai Sahiba, the divine mother of Hzt. Nizamuddin Auliya! Happy Exploring 🙂
So here’s the final episode from our Heritage Walk at Nizamuddin Basti! In this episode, surrounded by the numerous phool-wallahs and “chappal yahaan rakhiye sahab” folks, we walk through the narrow lanes and reach the main Dargaah complex. We experience the main shrines there and also the Baoli. As the Qawwals churn out one enchanting melody after the other we discuss about the other prominent remains of the Mughal era in the complex. Hope you’ll like the finale 🙂 Stay tuned in for more explorations ahead.. Gwalior’s rich Heritage is in the list next 🙂 Best wishes!
From Nizamuddin Basti.. Next in our Heritage Exploration series is ATGAH KHAN’s TOMB! The tomb is hidden amid the living spaces of several families in the basti and it is hard to imagine that those narrow lanes and alleys lead you to something standing tall with such grandeur! For those familiar with the Jodha-Akbar stories – Atgah Khan was a fatherly figure to emperor Akbar and was killed by Adham Khan..who was in-turn punished to death by Akbar. Check out the episode to know more 🙂
Atgah Khan’s Tomb: https://youtu.be/seUOJm2ZXKs
Other episodes from Nizamuddin Basti: https://www.youtube.com/playlist…
Adham Khan’s tomb (Mehrauli): https://youtu.be/b_HWK_oD3sU