Gorkha Land of The Brave

Known as the land of brave warriors and the birthplace of King Prithvi Narayan Shah who unified Nepal, Gorkha is where the history of Nepal began. A part of the Gandaki Pradesh and one of the 77 districts of the country Gorkha is also world-famous for the Nepalese soldiers recruited by the British and India as Gurkhas. The name Gurkhas or Gorkhali is what represents Nepalese indicating the bravery of the soldiers who fought with great courage and honour. Gorkha has a lot to offer to the people who visit here. The unbelievable Gorkha Durbar of Shah Regime which survived many battles, the Gorkha Bazaar filled with local people and local items, the antique Gorkha museum, the beautiful view of Himalaya ranges, the heavenly Mount Manaslu and many trekking routes. The roots of Gorkha are very much connected to the past. So if you connect with history then this place will definitely take you to a different time interval.

Gorkha Durbar
King Prithvi Narayan Shah, founder of Nepal
Cannon at Gorkha Museum, Gorkha

Sadly, the devastating earthquake of 2015 brought lots of damage to this area as it was the epicenter. Lots of houses were wiped out and many were in critical stage. In spite of all these hurdles today many houses have been rebuilt with the help of funds and the tourist areas have been renovating. Gorkha has again leapt forward with its beauty to win over the tourists.

The major attractions of this place are:

Gorkha Durbar

Gorkha durbar is the historical palace where the Shah dynasty began its regime. Being on top of a fortified hill, the palace is one hour walk from the bus station. As you start your walk you will come across many villages and the local people. After reaching the top, breathtaking views of Mount Annapurna, Manaslu and Ganesh range awaits for you. One can also see the Trishuli River glistening in the sunlight. The crafting of the palace is done by the best craftsmen of that time. The palace is a fort as well as a temple so leather shoes and belt are to be removed before entering. The western part of the palace is where the temple of Goddess Gorakhkali found.

Gorakhnath Cave

Below the southern part of the palace approximately 10 meters is the sacred cave of sage Gorakhnath. It is believed that King Prithvi Narayan Shah valued and bowed to Gorakhnath baba. The cave is carved out by hand from a big rock and is said to have religious importance.

Gorkha Museum

At the central part of the Gorkha Bazar in a grand Tallo Durbar, you will find the Gorkha Museum which has a collection of artifacts and achievements of Gurkhas during the war. Tickets are to be taken in order to enter the museum and photography permissions for those who want to click pictures. The museum also has a collection of weapons used during the war. The cannons highlight the museum.

Bhimsen Temple

Dedicated to the Newari God of commerce Bhimsen, the temple is a miniature pagoda. It is said that if you throw a coin inside then you will have a good fortune. Visitors visit the temple with great belief.

Mount Manaslu, Gorkha

Mount Manaslu

Eighth highest Himalaya in the world Mount Manaslu is one of the major attractions of this place. It offers a variety of trekking options to the tourists who visit this place. One can hire a guide and enjoy the trek to the mountain for a new adventure.

Ganesh Himal

Named after the Hindu deity Ganesha, the Ganesh Himal slightly resembles an Elephant from the southern belt. Many tourists come here to get a lifetime experience of climbing a mountain. By hiring guides or mountaineers you can be a part of the thrilling trek.

Dudh Pokhari

On the border of Lamjung is the challenging trek to Dudh Pokhari. History says that the mother of the kings of Gorkha and Lamjung had dropped her breast milk in this lake to stop the fight between two brothers. The lake is said to be the spirit pond where people come to take bath and cleanse their sins. Also, the view of the Himalaya range from this spot is worth admiring.

Gorkha is a package full of diversity. There is history, amusing bazaars, snow-white mountains, adventurous trekking routes, temples and many places to discover. Also, Gorkha is not just a place; it is the identity of Nepalese people as well. Many have witnessed or learned about the bravery of the Gurkhas in the battlefield. People are definitely eager to visit this place as the place has many songs about the battle and triumph to sing.

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