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 Summer 2015          



 Summer 2015


 Editor's Note

 Maharaja Duleep

 Nizamuddin Revived

 Nizamuddin Basti

 Sunder Nursery

 Humayun's Tomb

 Nizamuddin Dargah

 Gautam Gambhir

 Kangchenjunga - 60
 Years of 1st Ascent

 Darjeeling & Beyond

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Sunder Nursery

The 70-acre Sunder Nursery, situated along the erstwhile Mughal-era Grand Trunk Road, has several monuments dating from the 16th century.  Known as Azim Bagh during the Mughal period, it was established, as a nursery, in 1912 (when the imperial Delhi complex was being planned and constructed) to try out different tree species from across India and overseas.  The nursery stretches from the entrance plaza of Humayun’s tomb to the edge of the 16th century Azimganj Serai – a grand corridor that is planned to exhibit the flora of Delhi’s fast disappearing biodiversity. The nursery has already turned into a secure habitat for ground nesting birds such as peafowl, and is a small haven for migratory birds.

Conservation work on Sunder Burj, and the 18th century Garden Pavilion, began in 2008 and was completed in three years. Sunder Burj, a 16th century tomb, with profusely adorned interior, had been subjected to wrong conservation and repair works in the previous century, and these had to be undone. Similarly, the garden pavilion, with its distinctive architectural style, scale and ornamental plasterwork, was in an extremely poor state and needed major repairs as it had been virtually taken over by rampant vegetation, even wildlife. The area around the pavilion was landscaped to create a formal garden setting.  

Restoration work is ongoing on the 16th century Sundarwala Mahal and Lakkarwala Burj. The latter has profusely ornamental interiors with Quranic verses on plasterwork encircling the room.

Along with restoration, the Sunder Nursery is also being landscaped anew. A pedestrian central axis, formally arranged gardens around the heritage structures, a proposed arboretum, mist chambers and water gardens – all will revitalise this heritage space.  


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