"Appreciating and Conserving Nepal's Cultural Heritage"

Vision For The Project

The age-old, close and friendly relations between India and Nepal and its shared civilizational and cultural heritage forms the basis for a unique collaboration for the post –earthquake conservation and rehabilitation of 28 cultural heritage sites spread across Nepal which encompasses different typologies like the tiered temple, Buddhist monasteries, traditional houses, Hindu Mathas, Dharamshala, Gumbas and public buildings.

This unique collaboration between the two countries is a shared pursuit to work together in an area of mutual interest particularly in the field of conservation of cultural heritage sites affected by the Earthquake and work towards restoration and rejuvenation of lost or damaged cultural heritage of Nepal.


Collaborating for the Conservation of tangible and intangible Cultural Heritage of Nepal


India and Nepal share a unique relationship of friendship and cooperation since 1947 as close neighbours. Government of India’s assistance programme in Nepal is guided by the vision that economic deliverables, particularly in the areas of education, health and infrastructure, must reach the people in a smooth, quick and unencumbered manner. The Embassy of India in Kathmandu is working with the Government of Nepal for the development of Nepal including post-earthquake reconstruction projects in cultural heritage, education, housing and health sectors as part of our commitment of USD 1 billion including USD 250 million grant pledged during International Conference on Nepal’s Reconstruction held in June 2015.


The National Reconstruction Authority (NRA) was established with the main objective of rapid reconstruction of the physical damages caused by the massive earthquakes and their aftershocks. It was established on 25 December 2015 according to the Article 3 of the Act Related to the Reconstruction of Earthquake Affected Structures, 2015. For the post-earthquake reconstruction of the cultural heritage sites spread across eight districts of Nepal, the Government of India has committed USD 50 million grant assistance. The NRA is the nodal agency on behalf of the Government of Nepal for this project. The CLPIU (Building) under the authority of the NRA is the implementing agency and is coordinating the various projects.


Founded in 1984 with the vision to spearhead heritage awareness and conservation in India. Today INTACH is recognized as one of the world’s largest heritage organizations, with over 190 chapters across India. In the past 37 years INTACH has pioneered the conservation and preservation of not just their natural and built heritage but intangible heritage as well. The Architectural Heritage Division (AHD) is dedicated to the promotion and conservation of India’s vast cultural heritage. It has set standards for conservation work, documenting heritage and implementing conservation projects. INTACH headquartered in New Delhi, has set up the Project Office in Kathmandu with a core technical team comprising of Conservation Architects, Architects & Engineers.


Project Background

INTACH is providing technical expertise for the conservation of 12 cultural heritage sites project spread across the Kathmandu valley encompassing varied typologies of buildings. This includes preparation of DPR according to their Post-Earthquake condition assessment, acknowledging its unique architectural heritage features, addressing future safety, provide seismic strengthening and supervision and monitoring of the project implementation.

What's New

[email protected] Art Council’s Conversation in Art Event
25 May 2023: INTACH shared the real-time experiences of working in Conservation of Cultural Heritage in Nepal, gained through the Government of India funded Conservation projects with a special attention to Conserving Art and it’s relevance in Nepali context at Nepal Art Council Premises, Kathmandu as a part of the NAC monthly talk series “Conversations in Art” which was attended by NAC members, art enthusiasts, local historians, and artists.
Interaction with Shri Phanindra Ratna Bajracharya ji, Newari author and poet
INTACH team was honored to meet and interview Shri Phanindra Ratna Bajracharya ji, Newari author and poet on April 20, 2023. He was kind enough to share his first hand experience working with Chittadhar Hridaya ji, one of the greatest Nepalese Poet. Shri Ratna Ji threw light on Chittadhar Hridaya’s life and struggle towards the Nepal Bhasha and its preservation. The oral histories collected from the communities will help us in the content development of Nepal Bhasa Parishad Museum which is housed in the personal residence of Kabi Keshari Chittadhar Hridaya ji.
Interaction with Engineering Students, Kathmandu University
24 March 2023: Happy to have students (soon-to-be-graduated) from Kathmandu University at one of our sites: Nepal Bhasa Parishad. INTACH discussed the various interventions that are being done and it’s complexities in the historic structure especially keeping in mind the museum design requirements. We wish the students all the very best for their future endeavors!


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