Sunder Nursery is in the heart of the city of Delhi. It occupies an area of 90 acres and hase 20 heritage structures, of which six are UNESCO World Heritage monuments. Parts of the complex stand within the buffer zone of Humayun’s Tomb World Heritage Site. Conservation of the 15 monuments that stand within the Park and have also undergone the same careful conservation by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC)r as Humayun’s Tomb.

Restoring Sunder Nursery's Historic Grandeur

Three of the nine Mughal era structures that stand within Sunder Nursery are considered to be of national significance viz. Sundarwala Burj, Sundarwala Mahal and the Lakkarwala Burj. As per the 2016 revision by UNESCO these three monuments too are a part of Humayun’s Tomb World Heritage Site – making it one of the densest ensemble of 16th century Tomb gardens in India.
Conservation works on these monuments has been carried out through a craft-based approach strengthening the age-old building skills, master craftsmen work alongside architects and engineers to match the work of their forefathers using traditional tools, techniques and materials.
Substantial conservation works have included restoration of original intricate plaster and ornamental patterns at the Sundarwala and Lakkarwala Burj, major structural repairs to Sundarwala Mahal and the Garden Pavilion. In 2010, following a Ground Penetrating radar Survey carried out in Sunder Nursery, a 17th century Mughal water tank was discovered. This Lotus Pond, south of the Sundarwala Mahal, has a unique multi- foliate design which has now been restored to its original function and provided a picturesque garden setting.

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