Sunder Nursery with its formal landscaped gardens and informal biodiversity zone, provides for a wholesome and enriching experience to its visitors.

Since its opening in February 2018, the Park has attracted awards and recognition for its sensitively planned landscape and the well-managed model of visitor experience. The Park is home to six UNESCO World Heritage monuments, viz., Sunder Burj, Sunderwala Mahal, Lakkarwala Burj, Mirza Muzaffar Hussain’s Mausoleum, Chota Batashewala, and Mughal Mausoleum. The conservation and landscape restoration of the monuments and the Park have been undertaken by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) as part of the Nizamuddin Urban Renewal Initiative, which has generated not only significant visitor interest, but also appreciation from organizations like UNESCO and Outlook, amongst others.

“The project showcases technical excellence in built-heritage restoration alongside a commitment to socio economic development, long a hallmark of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture.
At the same time, it pays equal attention to ecological restoration, thus underscoring the message that heritage conservation is beyond monuments and is only truly sustainable when essential linkages between nature and culture are profoundly understood and nurtured.”
UNESCO Special Recognition for Sustainable Development

(Left) Hon’ble Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi with Mr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the President of the Federal Republic of Germany at Sunder Nursery during his official visit in March 2018.

Best Social Impact Project GOLD- Nizamuddin Urban Renewal Initiative
The judges were very impressed by this initiative of the Aga Khan Trust Culture (AKTC) in Hazrat Nizamuddin Basti, a compact, self-contained urban settlement that is home to 18,000 people. It receives thousands of visitors daily to the shrine of Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya, the revered 13th century Sufi saint after whom the area is named. The area has many heritage sites, ten of them of national importance, and is rich in cultural traditions, like Qawwali music, poetry, food and rituals that have defined both Hindustani culture and Sufism. This public-private initiative led by the AKTC with the South Delhi Municipal Corporation, the Archaeological Survey of India and the Central Public Works Department demonstrates admirably how the urban renewal of a historic city can improve the quality of life for residents and meet tourism objectives.

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UNESCO’s Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation

Sunder Nursery was awarded the Award for Excellence at the 2020 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awardsfor Cultural Heritage Conservation. The awards, which was established in 2000, recognizes projects that have demonstrated a conservation approach that understands the significance of a place and displays a significant social and policy impact at the local, national and regional levels.
Sunder nursery was also awarded the Special Recognition for Sustainable Development for its “transformative impact in turning a barren site into an urban oasis in the heart of New Delhi

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A site with breath-taking monuments, paradise gardens and biodiversity, Sunder Nursery was listed amongst the 100 WORLD’S GREATEST PLACES of 2018 by TIME Magazine.

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