Are you interested in experiencing local shopping in Delhi? There are many places to go to like: Chandni Chowk, Connaught Place, and many more local streets in Delhi, giving you that great experience. But if you are in for something unique and laid back at the same time and like to shop for organic produce then, visiting the Sunday Farmer’s market at Sunder Nursery will genuinely excite you. You can take your family for one hell of a Sunday, enjoy a fantastic heritage garden and get your veggies all in one go. It’s a great way of getting to know the city you live in and educating your kids on appreciating nature’s beauty.
Located in The Nizamuddin area, adjacent to Humayun’s Tomb, Sunder Nursery is another sprawling beauty known for its lush green environment. A heritage park, formerly known as Azim Bagh during the Mughal era, a UNESCO world heritage site. This garden is genuinely one of Delhi’s many beautiful gems. The name Sunder Nursery is given as the park has the Sunder Burj tomb.
The park opened to the public and declared a Nursery during the British rule, as there is a wide range of plant species in this area. The garden spreads over a vast area of 90 acres. After 11-years of renovation, it finally opened in 2016. There are more than 4500 types of trees and 54 types of flowers that one can spot in this garden along with the 80-year-old Bonsai garden. It is one of the best places for early morning walks and jogs, and would not be an exaggeration to call it the Green Lungs of Delhi.
Do not be surprised if this garden would emerge out as one of the most extensive gardens globally as there has been a proposal to extend and merge it with the Humayun’s tomb complex. Well, that would be amazing, wouldn’t it?
There are 12 monuments within the complex with tags of UNESCO world heritage sites. The significant monuments you can spot at the site are Sunder Burj, Lakkarwala Burj, Mirza Muzaffar Hussain’s Tomb, Sunderwala Mahal, Chhota Batashewala, and the Unknown Mughal’s tomb. Amongst these, the Sunderwala Burj and Lakharwala Burj have a history that dates back to the 16th century. When you are here, you must wait until the fountains go live. That’s undoubtedly one of the most admirable things about the garden.
Apart from all these things, the Sunder Nursery is one fabulous place for photographers and birding enthusiasts. With the massive plant kingdom spread, the site invites many birds, and that can leave you enchanted. You can spot some birds like the Green Bee-eater, Coppersmith Barbet, Asian Pied Starling, and Indian Silverbill. Apart from this, the garden also has a record of spotting the rarest of birds, “The Ultramarine Flycatcher.”
When you are here, you would be surrounded by the jewel-winged creatures, the butterflies in huge numbers as there are more than 30 types of butterflies that the Nursery carries. Some of the commonly found butterflies are Blue Pansy, Pioneer, Plain Tiger, Tiny Grass Blue, and White Arab. Surely, one of the must-visit gardens in Delhi.