Virtual Heritage Tour

15 Apr 2020 in Arts & Design by Manisha

VHT is an online event where you are able to discover a multitude of tours, talks and other events in your city and at the same time, you will be able to interact with heritage and celebrate culture despite the epidemics of COVID-19. We appreciate art, architecture, food, nature, museums and social causes in the form of a heritage tour. We are looking for people like you to curate tours which open interactions with local heritage and culture. Organizations, institutions and individuals are welcome to apply. It will facilitate online heritage tour series where you can read articles, watch videos, listen to interviews and browse image galleries. You can learn about traditions, practices and rituals, institutions, people, built spaces, historic sites and natural spaces through the tour. The tour will be led online by locals, experts, scholars and researchers, the events will not just tell stories, but also help one discover, learn and experience the vibrant heritage.

Series 05 - Dhe: A Moving Story

Dhe is a mysterious village in Mustang District with an approximate road distance of 639.7 km from the capital of Nepal. Dhe Village is locally known simply as Dewa or Deba. Its name is derived from the concept of the blissful land of the Buddha. The harsh life in Dhe has forced many to migrate down the valley.

Virtual Heritage Tour to Dhe Village will be led by Dr Fidel Devkota. In the tour, he will guide us on the cultural history and heritage of Dhe  based on the migration history of the villagers. Places of social, cultural, religious importance within the village territory or the heritage sites. And, briefly talk about their subsistence based on agro-pastoralism and how it has been affected by climate change in recent times and what lies in the future.

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Fidel Devkota is an environmental anthropologist and a filmmaker based in Berlin and Kathmandu. He holds a PhD in anthropology (FU-Berlin), an MA in visual media anthropology (FU-Berlin). Devkota has almost a decade of research experience in Lo Mustang, especially in the Shar-ri region. His work is mainly focused on the impact of climatic and environmental changes and their implications for local populations in the Himalaya.

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Our Previous Virtual Heritage Tours

Series 04-Everest: Sherpa and the Himalayas

International Everest Day has been observed on 29th May by the world’s highest Everest summiteer for a maximum number of times Kami Rita Sherpa. He has taken a tour to his native land Thame Village, Sherpas traditions, their history in the Everest expedition to celebrate this year’s International Everest Day.  

International Mt Everest Day is celebrated in Nepal and other countries around the world to convey the message to the world about tourism in Nepal, mountaineering expeditions and other adventure activities in Nepal. Sixty-seven years ago, Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary became the first two people to reach the summit of Mount Everest, the world's tallest mountain. 

Series 03 - Lumbini: Birthplace of the Buddha

Lumbini, in the western Tarai plains of Nepal, is popular as the birthplace of Buddha. The only UNESCO cultural heritage site outside Kathmandu Valley, Lumbini has many beautiful monuments and shrines built with the help of devotees from around the world. The main attraction in Lumbini is the sacred garden accommodating the Maya Devi temple depicting the birth of Lord Buddha, the Tank where Maya Devi is supposed to have taken a bath before the baby was born and the Ashoka Pillar pointing Buddha’s birthplace and other holy sites all around the place. A visit to sacred Lumbini definitely ensures peace of mind and the principles of Buddha and PEACE is what our world needs today more than anything else. A symbol of unity in diversity, Lumbini is regarded as the fountain of world peace.

In honour of Lord Buddha – the light of Asia, Buddha Jayanti or the birth anniversary of Buddha is celebrated in Nepal every year during May. All the devotees throng to the Buddhist stupas, especially Swayambhunath and Boudhanath in Kathmandu and pay homage to Lord Buddha. People also travel to Lumbini for special worship on this very day by chanting prayers and burning butter lamps.

ANIL CHITRAKAR is a social entrepreneur, freelance consultant and a columnist. He regularly gives inspirational talks on development. He has served as a member of the City Planning Commission of Kathmandu, where he focused his efforts on reviving the urban heritage, environmental management and social development within the city. He has worked in many fields and in many countries but has consistently been seen as a leader and an innovator. 

Series 02 - Barpak: Stories from Epicenter

Nepal experienced a major earthquake – with epicentre in Gorkha district's Barpak – on April 25, 2015, which triggered the huge loss of lives and property, unprecedented in the country’s history. Almost the entire Barpak was flattened, with huge loss of lives and property. 

Bir Bahadur Ghale will take us on tour and shared how the Barpak community, the epicentre of the quake, rebuilt Barpak. He explained the steps of the rebuilding process and how they are dreamt to make Barpak a sustainable town in future. Bir Bahadur Ghale is an Ashoka Fellow and energy access entrepreneur based in Barpak, the epicentre of the April 25 earthquake. He is a revered community leader of Barpak where people know him for his work of electrifying the village through a micro-hydro plant in the 1990s. Barpak has constructed several micro-hydro power plants for many communities across the country. After the earthquake, Bir Bahadur Ghale was actively engaged in relief and temporary shelter management in the village. He is now engaged in preparing a master plan for the rebuilding of Barpak.

Series 01 – Bagmati Promenade: Thapathali to Teku Dovan

StoryCycle, have been able to bring in community leaders, youth leaders and government leaders in one place and their support for the campaign further in the future. We were able to build a strong relationship with the Ward Chairperson-11 and City Planning Commission of the Kathmandu Metropolitan City(KMC) and have pledged to contribute to our efforts to create situational analysis reports regarding Thapathali-Teku Stretch. A detailed mapping and digital documentation have been carried out which covering the cultural and religious sites. Through these heritage walks, we are aiming at making the local community and commuters aware of the preservation and promotion of culture and natural heritage. These walks will also mobilise the youth, engage and integrate them into the movement for sustainable conservation with the aid of technology. 

A thorough report on Teku Thapathali was done in 1993 under a British researcher, John Sanday. It is obvious that there has been a lot of changes in the structure and the community itself.



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