When Nepal was divided into small states before 240 years, it was King Prithvi Narayan Shah, the king of Gorkha, who conquered and united the small fiefdoms into one country, Nepal, and aid foundation of the modern day Nepal. King Prithvi Narayan Shah’s old palace still stands on a mountain ridge at an altitude of 1.000m overlooking this ancient capital, from which the Gorkha soldiers derive their name.
Manakamana is one of the most popular pilgrimages in Nepal with a temple thought to be one of the manifestations of the Hindu goddess Bhagwati. People believe Manakamana Devi fulfills the wishes of her devotees, thus calling it as wish fulfilling Deity presenting you with a reward on reaching the shrine in both spiritual and physical exhilaration. The temple area presents stunning views of deep valleys, terraced fields, Mt. Manaslu, Himalchuli and Annapurna Range. The temple is accessible in about 10 minutes by cable car starting from Kurintar. Before the introduction of the cable car people used to go to Manakamana by a long strenuous walk from AbuKhaireni.
Gorkha Durbar is a intricately designed palace, strategically located over a fortified hillock. On the southwestern side of the palace lies the temple of Goddess Gorakh-kali adjoining with a cave that claims to shelter the statue of Gorakhnath, famous as the Tantrik sage. The location of the palace is perfect for some beautiful views of Mount Manaslu, Himalchuli and several other mountain peaks of Himalayan Range. In the center of Gorkha Bazaar lies the museum transformed from Tallo Darbar built in 1835.The museum boasted a wide array of artifacts dating back to the days of Prithvi Narayan Shah and his descendants.
Lakhan Thapa Village is the home of the first martyr of Nepal ‘Lakhan Thapa Magar’ who was one of the first prominent resistors against the rule of the Rana dynasty. He propagandised his political ideology to destroy the Jang Bahadur Rana regime, to form a free state and army in 1874. Rana government martyred Lakhan Thapa on 27 February 1877 by hanging. His town Bungkot is about 10 km away from Gorkha Bazaar. Villagers offer warm hospitality at private homes, offering local organic food and on request they present a magar cultural show.
Gorkha also has a few popular trekking routes such as Manaslu Circuit, Tsum Valley, Dharchey Manaslu and Lig Lig Kot. For more information on the trekking routes or sights and activities in Gorkha, please contact us.