History & Introduction
Teleport back to the history of Nepal by visiting the historical town of Gorkha. It was the home and seat of the unifier of Nepal, King Prithivi Narayan Shah.
Gorkha was founded by the Shah dynasty. Drabya Shah decided to establish a home and began ruling in 1560 A.D. Later, the place became popular during the reign of king Ram Shah (1604 - 1641 A.D.) who was known for his justice.
Nepal was divided into hundreds of small quarrying and bickering kingdoms. A young king from north, Prithivi Narayan Shah, changed all that. His vision led to a successful unification campaign, resulting in the formation of a strong country that stood against the East India Company.
It is remarkable to note that the legendary Gurkha warriors are named after this very kingdom of Gorkha.
Some points of interests are the main Durbar, Gorkahnath Cave and Upallokot. The main building is a complex of three units - a temple, a fort and a palace. Until preset day, it preserves its aura of the yore. Prominently located at the top of a hill, it provides a 360 degree view of the surroundings.
The second attraction, The Cave of Gorakhnath is in fact a temple of Gorakhnath. Nepalese kings pay their tribute here. A short walk up to Upllokot will bring you to a vantage point, that provides panoramic views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges.
Significance for Trekkers
Gorkha lies in the route of the classic Manaslu Circuit trekking. Today, the main town carries a historical significance for visitors. The people of Gorkha are friendly and warm - always extending their hospitality to outsiders. If you wish, you can choose to have a home-stay experience, adding value to your trip.
The town of Gorkha is located 30 km north of Mugling, a fork along Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway. En route, you can visit the temple of Manakamana, a goddess who is said to fulfill people's wishes.
You can visit Gorkha from late September to early October during rice-harvesting season. You will see beautiful rural villages and scenic landscapes for which this region is popular. The spectacular views of mountains and hills will make you return to Gorkha and surrounding villages.