Bagmati Promenade

Transformation of the City’s History through the River

Bagmati Promenade: Thapathali-Teku, heritage walk designed by Storycycle with the British Council Nepal in collaboration with Kathmandu Metropolitan City Ward 11 and 12 people living and working in the vicinity and/or having a special affinity conducted the mega event on 27th July inaugurated by Bidya Sundar Shakya, mayor of Kathmandu with parallel walks held under themes like Safeguarding Bagmati by Hiralal Tandukar, Storytelling by Sanjib Chaudhary, Philosophy by Chief Priest(Mahant) Pushpa Raj, Heritage and Heritage Mobility by Alok Siddhi Tuladhar and Shriju Pradhan, Environment by Saurav Dhakal, Architecture by Anjela Tamrakar, Mapping by Sushil Dhakal and Water system by Samita Kapali.  Speaking on the occasion, Hiralal Tandukar, chairperson of ward 11 of Kathmandu municipality, highlighted the Bagmati heritage and emphasized that the consciousness of youth towards  the heritage today and they are always eager and enthusiastic to learn about the heritage. The heritage walk was started from Thapathali Chess-Park through Akhadas, Kalmochan Ghat, Tripurasundari, Chandra Ghat, Puret Ghat, Pachali Bhairav, Teku Dovan and ended at Jagannath Temple.

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. Further, the walks will integrate heritage site monitoring using a geospatial method, over time, as a preventive conservation measure which helps promote the cohesion of cultural and environmental values. Such walking trails in the field of heritage emphasize the preservation of tangible and intangible cultural heritage and provide a wonderful opportunity to understand the history of cities and the cities that have changed over time. This program tinted the conservation of heritage by highlighting more important historical and cultural issues. It links historical events, religious and social life with modern society.

Iconography of Religions

Family of priests at Changu Narayan temple. He has been working for over 12 years in documenting rituals and other intangible heritages. Guiden us on how the iconography of religions help to depict the historical past and the present, as well as the future and the afterlife.

Iconography expert, Abhas Rajopadhaya led the walk with efforts to resemble the authentic information and convey the religious icons, visual images to the commuters. Walk conducted despite the heavy rainfall gave the essence of need for these sacred places to be away from the pollution.Religious icons are used to convey concepts concerned with humanity’s relationship to the sacred or holy and also to his social and material world. Other nonreligious types of icons achieved increasing significance in the 19th and 20th centuries, especially those dealing with human beings’ relationship to and conceptualization of the material world. Rational, scientific-technical icons have assumed ever-increasing importance in modern science and technology.

     The emphasis on the depiction of historical past and the present, the cultural enthusiast found the walk the best on grounds with the walk leader turned the walk route to a mythical playground. The effort for awareness and realisation of the importance of these sites which bear great historical and cultural importance.

Environment

British Council Climate champion, Saurav Dhakal guided through the walk trail emphasising on the impact on natural and cultural environment of human activities.

The gruesome force towards ongoing development has transcended the boundaries and indeed built a road for us- one which led to morbidity. Unmanaged water-pipe/drainage and irrational human settlement takeover has abusively raised our thirst for the quality environment. The 

walk has induced resonating force towards the importance of both tangible and intangible natural and cultural heritages with ongoing human evolution.