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Monumental efforts: Preserving our past

11 January 2021

In Dehli, Rahim’s Tomb mausoleum stood in ruins with a risk of collapse until 2014 when the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), in partnership with InterGlobe Foundation and the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), began conservation efforts. After nearly six years of restoration work, the tomb opened to the public in December. Similarly, after lying abandoned for decades, in 2007, a memorandum to redevelop Sunder Nursery (a 16th-century heritage park complex adjacent to the Humayun’s Tomb) was signed by the AKTC, the ASI and the South Delhi Municipal Corporation. A decade of work has resulted in a 90-acre park dotted with historical monuments, 300 tree species, 36 butterfly species, two amphitheatres, a bonsai enclosure and a peafowl zone.