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Soul of the city

20 July 2020

Sunder Nursery is named amongst 20 projects worldwide that have transformed cities. For 200 years it was a scrubby patch of land that swallowed up the ruins of grand Mughal-era monuments in New Delhi. But after years of campaigning to turn the land into a park, followed by a decade of diligent landscaping, Sunder Nursery opened to the public in 2018. Within weeks it became packed with people picnicking, walking and taking photos among the colonnades, roses and tombs. “It’s been an incredible journey, especially to see how quickly Sunder Nursery has become a favourite hangout place for so many people across the board,” says Ratish Nanda, CEO for the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, whose experts created the park with its own funding and continue to act as managing trustees. “It doesn’t matter about your economics or religion. People love being here.”