Thanks to a restoration project, the place is now akin to New York City’s Central Park, and a lot more
February 21, 2018 happened to be a monumental day for a historical landmark of Delhi—Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), in partnership with the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) and the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), inaugurated the Sunder Nursery Park restoration project.
As part of it, a century-old nursery adjoining Delhi’s popular Humayun’s Tomb was converted into a sizeable heritage, ecological and nursery zone over the span of a decade. To truly ascertain the scale of the project, take a look at these statistics: a 90-acre expanse with 280 native tree species (making it Delhi’s first arboretum or botanical garden dedicated to trees), 4,200 mapped trees, 20,000 saplings, a biodiversity zone spanning 30 acres, 20 acres of nursery beds, 80 bird species, 36 butterfly species and 15 historical monuments.
The monuments, especially, have undergone major transformations—the 16th-century Sunderwala Mahal, for instance, was in a derelict state. Today, it stands good-as-new, and the building materials and methods used to achieve this were true to the original construction. Sunder Nursery has been designed by the landscape artist M. Shaheer, with Mughal-inspired gardens, marble fountains, rectangular flowerbeds and sandstone pathways all arranged in perfect symmetry.
More at the source: Outlook India / Manek S. Kohli / February 27, 2018
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