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Welcome - Namaste - नमस्ते

The Nepal Heritage Documentation Project (NHDP) documents endangered monuments and sites of Nepal’s cultural heritage. The project is particularly valuable in this time of urban transformation, and the damage caused by the earthquake of April 2015.

Findings from decades of historical and anthropological research, new up-to-date documentation standards, and Open Access data-sets will be merged into a new Digital Archive of Nepalese Architecture, Monuments and Objects (DANA), a powerful tool designed for the management, preservation and protection of the national and community heritage of Nepal.

Grounded in know-how from across disciplinary borders, the project team includes experts from the fields of architecture, history, anthropology, indology and digital humanities among others.

In Germany, the NHDP is based on the cooperation of two academic institutions: the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies (HCTS) and the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (HAdW).

The key project partner and representative in Nepal is the Saraf Foundation of Himalayan Traditions and Culture (see partners).

Header photo: View of Patan Darbar Square, Patan. Credits: C. Brosius


NHDP Film Portrait

Funding Source

The NHDP pilot phase (2018-2020) is generously funded by Arcadia, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin. Visit.