Himalayan Cities

Published Book

“Himalayan Cities: Settlement Pattern, Public Places and Architecture” published by Niyogi Publishers, New Delhi. See the book here


This book is a result of my last 20 years of work in the Indian and Nepalese Himalayas. This book is illustrated with some 120 drawings which have been either drawn me or my students which I have supervised. This publication makes a case for settlement in the Himalayas and tries to decipher the code of their settlement pattern, public places and Architecture. In terms of its scope it includes Ladakh, Himachal, Gharwhal, Kumaon, Sikkim, Nepal and Bhutan. This is for the first time that an analytical study on the spatial construct of the Himalayas has been attempted at this scale. It tries to not only describe the Himalayan cities through documentation but tries to derive useful lessons for urban designer and planners while they deal with contemporary problem of development in landscapes such as Himalayas


Chapter “Settlement Pattern; Moodabidri” in “The Jaina Heritage”  by Editor Julia A B Hegewald by Heidelberg Series in South Asia and Comparative Studies. Publisher Samskriti, New Delhi

This chapter in the book edited by Dr. Julia Hegewald was important from the point of view of articulating the urban condition of historic settlements in the Karnataka region of India, which I have been researching. Moodabidri is an important Jain town and I had conducted field research with my students in the region leading to documentation drawings of the place. I carried out further analysis of the landscape conditions; settlement pattern and idea of public place and correlated it with the Jain philosophy and practice. In the process I ended up articulating the distinctiveness of this Jain town in terms of its spatial structure.

Papers and Articles

Liker Monastery: The structuring Principles of the Complex

The Changing Himalayan House

Is their Something like a Himalayan City?

Patan: Reading Urban Form in Cultural Landscape

Himalayan Cities as Repositories of Vernacular Tradition

A Short History of Global History of Urban Form

The Grey Zones of Modernity in Journal Spade. Volume 2, 2009


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