The land of the Gurkhas The name Gorkha evokes images of fierce warriors wielding khukris; renowned for their bravery and total disregard for danger.  Gorkha is the name of the town and the district from which these fearless tribes hailed.  Once a tiny Himalayan kingdom ruled by the Shah dynasty, It was from here that Prithvinarayan Shah, ancestor of the present king marched his Gorkhali army into the heart of Kathmandu and overthrew the ruling Malla king.
When the mighty British failed to subdue the Gorkha forces in the 1800s they were inducted into the British army and soon became a force to reckon with. The British called them “Gurkhas”. The Gurkha personifies bravery. No fighting force has ever earned so much respect for its valor and discipline.
The district of Gorkha stretches from the raging river Trishuli (popular for rafting) to the arid border of Tibet.  With its verdant river valleys and sharply rising hills, Gorkha is ideal for treks. The terraced hillsides shine yellow and green in bright sunlight. Delightful hilltop villages far removed from the trappings of the 21st century dot the countryside.
Places to visit
The Royal Durbar (durbar= palace) of Gorkha is a piece of history giving visitors a glimpse of the past. The historic town lies under the shadow of the Royal Durbar that is perched on solid rock.  The Durbar was built in the 1600s by Ram Shah; an ancestor of the present king of Nepal. Within the palace is the sacred Taleju temple of the tutelary deity of the ruling dynasty. The durbar is a fort, palace and temple complex that displays a wealth of Nepali architecture. Also within the palace complex is the Pashupati temple and the cave of Lord Gorakhnath. The view from the palace is awesome. The giant peaks of Manaslu, Himal Chuli, Baudha and others stand majestically against the skyline towards the north.
Gorkha is a cozy little town with a bus park off the main street. There are many hotels and restaurants along this road. Further up lies the town center with its collection of temples and the old Tallo Durbar (lower palace), which is being converted into a park. Nearby is the Rani Pokhari; a small pond beside which is a Shiva shrine and a metal statue of King Prithivi Pati Shah, grandfather of King Prithvinarayan Shah. In the vicinity also lie the Krishna and Vishnu temples. Further up are the jewelry shops and others selling watches and clothing.
Manakamana, the shrine of wish fulfillment lies within Gorkha district. With the introduction of the cable car, the temple is easily reached within ten minutes from the highway to Kathmandu. This pagoda style temple receives hordes of pilgrims every day who come with offerings for the benevolent Goddess.
Trekking is the major activity around Gorkha distirict. Many short or extended treks can be made around Gorkha. You can follow the old road to Kathmandu from Pokhara, which passes through Arughat in Gorkha district. The more interesting is the twenty-day Manaslu trek.  Following the Budi Gandaki river, the trail goes through the Larkya Pass at 5,200m and then follows the Marshyangdi river reaching the popular town of Besisahar where the Around Annapurna trek also begins. During the trek many Gurung, Magar and Tamang villages are encountered and the mountain views are fabulous.
Getting there The small town of Gorkha lies 142 km north west of the capital Kathmandu and is easily reached within five hours by bus. The 106 km from Pokhara to Gorkha takes just four hours.

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  1. Thank you for the report. It helped me for my practical marks of last term examination of class 8.