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Delhi’s lost scenic beauty comes to life: Sunder Nursery debuts as heritage park

Delhi is blessed with several historically significant sites and monuments. Adding to the list is the 90-acre Sunder Nursery in Nizamuddin area which has been renovated into a new heritage park and gifted to the city.

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After giving a major facelift to the Sunder Nursery in Nizamuddin area, the 90-acre garden was inaugurated by Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu in the presence of Aga Khan in New Delhi. Sunder Nursery is bestowed with the first arboretum (botanical garden of trees), a bonsai house, and is home to 80 species of birds, 36 butterfly species and 280 native trees. Delhiites now have a new heritage park that is as good as the popular Lodhi Garden. The nursery came up during the British rule and in 1950 a renowned botanist whose name is unknown gifted a bonsai collection to the nursery.

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Touted as Delhi’s Central Park, the Sunder Nursery was a lesser-known monument in New Delhi. However, after the renovation people may like the flora and fauna of the park.

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A walk through the massive heritage garden — dotted with flower beds, raised sandstone pathways and marble fountains — takes one to the six monuments that were given World Heritage designation by UNESCO in 2016.

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The Lakkarwala Burj, Sunder Burj, Sunderwala Mahal, Mirza Muzaffar Hussain’s Tomb, Chitra Batashewala and an unknown Mughal Tomb fall under this category. Although, little is know about who built them.

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It was through these monuments that the 16th century Grand Trunk Road once passed.

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A portion of the boundary wall of Mughal-era Azimganj Serai also falls in the area.

The project has given a new look to the garden.

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Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) has built a storage facility to preserve the bonsai collection to the nursery.

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So when are you planning to visit the brand new Sunder Nursery in New Delhi?