This early Mughal tomb, together with Sunder Burj, originally stood within an enclosure measuring 740’ by 610’ and was entered through a lofty gateway. By the 1920’s the enclosing walls had mostly disappeared but the gateway still stood – no trace of this survives now. In a good state of preservation until the 1960’s, the tomb, rubble built, was designed to be rectangular in plan, with the corners cut off, with a vaulted underground chamber in the centre. Around this chamber is a verandah which had five arches on each of its four sides. On the south where there is an entrance to the vaulted chamber, are two staircases leading up to the roof. The centre of the latter is occupied by a dais some 10 m square, which could have originally held a cenotaph. Four of the northern arches now remain while severe and rapid deterioration on the other sides has resulted in the partial or complete loss of several of the arches – consolidation with cement mortar has not arrested the decay as the arches were structural elements. The monument requires partial reconstruction to restore the original plan, square with chamfered edges, and also to halt any further decay resulting from the loss of structural fabric.
Nanda, Ratish, and Mohammad Shaheer. "Sunder Nursery Conservation". In Heritage of the Mughal World, edited by Philip Jodidio, 209-217. Munich: Prestel, 2015.
Sunder Nursery, earlier known as Azim Bagh or the “great garden”, was established in the twentieth century to experiment and propagate plants for New Delhi during British colonial times. Within Sunder Nursery and its adjoining Batashewala complex stand seven Mughal-era garden-tombs. The Landscape Master Plan now being implemented at Sunder Nursery aims to link the conservation effort on the standing monuments to create a major landscape space of truly urban scale, deriving inspiration from the traditional Indian concept of congruency between nature, garden and utility, coupled with environmental conservation.
From Sunder Nursery Conservation in Heritage of the Mughal World (Philip Jodidio, editor)