The Database of the Western Himalaya Archive Vienna (WHAV) is a freely available online resource of visual data collected mainly during third-party funded field research by various scholars in the Himalaya region and beyond.

The structure of the Database closely reflects the structure of the physical, on-site WHAV archive at the Department of Art History, University of Vienna, and is therefore organized mainly by geographic regions.


You have currently two possibilities to access the data:

Browse Archive: for users familiar with the region, sites, monuments and artefacts.

Search: for persons who are not very familiar with the region, the system allows for a free-text search of all categories.


All images in the database belong to the WHAV and are meant for non-commercial usage.

If you are planning to use any of our pictures for publications, please contact: