NEPAL HERITAGE DOCUMENTATION PROJECT is supported by the Arcadia Fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin and provides an open access approach to extensive heritage documentation in Nepal. The project itself straddles Germany and Nepal. In Germany, the NHDP is run collaboratively by the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies (HCTS) and the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (HAdW). The project’s key partners and representatives in Nepal include the Department of Archaeology of the Government of Nepal and the Saraf Foundation of Himalayan Traditions and Culture.
Please note that some of the monument entries are incomplete due to the pandemic situation in Nepal. Our team members’ safety is of utmost importance to us and currently documentation process is slowed down. The missing data will be uploaded as soon as the situation in Nepal gets better. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Heritage Focus Areas and Heritage Walks
Heritage focus areas
Alongside our attempts to cover the old Royal City of Patan, we have defined certain ‘clusters’ of monuments that are characterised by a certain historical, social or ritual importance and connectivity. We call them “Heritage Focus Areas”. You will be able to see monuments in relation, and enter each one in the database. It is important to point out that the ‘borders’ of these clusters have been defined on the basis of these criteria, and do not represent any existing administrative or planned boundaries.
Join us for a heritage walk! Besides documenting individual sites, NHDP also records how the sites are connected to ritual and other forms of practice. This combination keeps cultural heritage alive. In connecting heritage sites through the heritage walks, we are able to present you with thematic approaches that enable a different understanding of the rich and dynamic heritage in and of Nepal. We have selected a few thematic walks that will be published on this website over the next months.
The maps were designed by Elias Michaels, who georeferenced the historic basemaps and aerial pictures and integrated them in the interactive framework, allowing a multimedia perspective on the heritage walks and its locations.