Stretching from the entrance plaza of Humayun’s Tomb through the park’s tranquil environs and terminating at the threshold of the 16th c. Azimganj Serai, the Central Axis establishes a grand Mughal corridor of landscape and heritage. It is envisioned as a modern interpretation of a Persian garden and comprises of water channels, marble fountains, flower beds, sandstone seating, with motifs inspired from Mughal landscape and architectural masterpieces of the subcontinent. It features water channel overflowing into 10 exquisite jaali panels echoing the rich crafts traditions of India that offer much design variety within a single module.
A nursery was originally established here in the early 20th century when the Imperial Delhi complex was being planned and constructed. It was used as a place for propagating trees and other plants to be used in the new capital city, and also for testing species brought from other parts of India and from overseas, to pick those which successfully thrive in Delhi’s harsh climate. A large number of these trees, some of which are only occasionally seen in the city, are still flourishing here. Sunder Nursery, as a repository and experimenting ground for trees meant for use in the planning and building of New Delhi is an intrinsic part of the urban heritage. Therefore, the landscape plan has creatively combined monuments, forest type vegetation and nursery functions within one interactive experience, so as to address: