A heritage news magazine of Ladakh

Books & Booklets

One of the primary aims of HCHF is to support and encourage local writers to share their indigenous knowledge that will benefit all other people interested in Himalayan cultural heritage. Keeping this in mind HCHF publishes books on culture and heritage related topics. HCHF proud to share that Nub-ra’i gNas-bShad (An account of Sacred
Landscapes in the Nubra Valley) written by Urgyan Rigzin, an astrologer from Nubra, published by HCHF received the J& K best book award in 2011.


Himalayan Cultural Heritage Foundation –HCHF is a community-based non-govt. organization, devoted to promote and conserve Himalayan indigenous, natural and historic heritage by working directly with the different mountain communities and strengthening and supporting community based institutions.

The unique historical monuments or architectural masterpieces, rich culture, magnificent, eye-catching landscapes with panoramic fauna and flora and simplicity of the place bring people from all over the world to Ladakh. On the other hand the above mentioned cultural heritages are being destroyed or forgotten in recent years. Deterioration of built heritages due to time factor, harsh environment and climate change is another concern for preserving Ladakh’s heritage. Seeing the fast disappearing of the knowledge base on myths, beliefs, rituals and legends associated with built and natural heritage, dying of many monastic arts and crafts and other built heritage in advance state of decay due to lack of maintenance, time factors and unplanned developmental works, HCHF strongly felt for the need to disseminate
information to a wider audience and help in generating awareness, especially among the younger generation who shoulders the responsibility to safeguard our rich heritage.

Heritage Himalaya magazine is an endeavour to extend our reach and intensify information dissemination among locals and non-locals on the heritage of Ladakh. Through this magazine we bring out a comprehensive informative material considering the call for awareness generating about the significance of Himalayan cultural heritage among the Ladakhis and outsiders interested in Himalayan Heritage. It is the sincere, meticulous and dedicated work that today, we can boast of the positive response we received from both locally and internationally as the news magazine which is first of its kind in Ladakh. As the name suggest, this news magazine has in its content news and information pertaining to tangible and intangible heritage of Ladakh in particular and Himalayas in general. It is an initiative where every Ladakhi or non-local can contribute through advertisement and subscription to support the HCHF’s activities in the promotion and preservation of the rich cultural legacy of the Himalayas. By advertising your business/company with ‘Heritage Himalaya’, the first of its kind in Ladakh and widely read magazine, you are also supporting and encouraging our magazine team to bring out better issue every time.


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