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The Database of the Western Himalaya Archive Vienna (WHAV) is an online and freely available resource of visual data collected mainly from 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: