Harike Wetland Map &

HANIFL Explorers' Map

Harike, Landour 2014

While working with arch i platform, I got the chance to work on two projects that were illustrated maps of natural areas.


Covering an area of 86 km2 in the heart of Punjab, the Harike Wildlife Sanctuary is a RAMSAR wetland site of international importance. Spread across the districts of Tarn Taran, Kapurthala and Ferozepur, the area includes rivers, rivulets, lakes, marshes, agricultural fields, hamlets and villages that were submerged after the barrage was made in 1958. Commissioned by Infrastructure Development Investment Program for Tourism, Punjab, this to-scale map is an artistic representation of the wetland region for tourists and visitors to the site. Under Dutch architect Anne Feenstra, I worked on the concept for the front of the map. The key intention was to bring to the map a dreamy, almost painting-like feel to represent the surreal landscapes of the site.


The HANIFL CENTRE for Outdoor Exploration at the Woodstock School, Mussoorrie commissioned the Explorers’ Map. It was designed to be used by students, teachers, and visitors to Landour, Mussoorie. The intention was to create a visually appealing handy tool that indicates the popular treks and trails in the region along with some information that excites the visitors to take them. I worked on the front of the map and the overall production management. On the front, the elements are the zoomed in view of Landour because of a higher degree of detail, the gradual shift in perspective of the mountains after crossing the Aglar River all the way to the snow-capped mountain peaks as they are seen from Landour. The border is a collage of paintings on nature done by 7th-grade students of Woodstock School. The map logo is hand lettered.

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