Duration: 13 days
Cost: USD Contact Us
Trip Type: Hotel,lodge
Altitude: 3281 ft
Activities : seightseeing
Meal : Full Board while On Tour
Best Month : Around The Year
Group Size : 1 To 15 pax
Transport: Private car,Bus
Gorkha is a scenic hill- town with great historical significance covering an area of 3,610sq. Km and has a population (2001) of 288,134. A 25 kilometer road off the main highway connecting Pokhara and Kathmandu brings you to an ancient Gorkha - the untouched and captivating town of Nepal. Gorkha is a picturesque hill- town that has a rich ancient history of its own.
King Prithvi Narayan Shah, who unified the kingdom of Nepal during eighteenth century, was born in the township of Gorkha. His Gorkha palace resides on top of a hill at an altitude of 3,281 feet (about 1,000 meter) The King would watch-over his people as far as his eyes could see from the tallest palace in the very center of Nepal! Gorkha is also the home of Gurkhas - the legendary brave warriors who fought with knives against guns. Situated on a small hillock at an attitude of about 1000 m, Gorkha offers panoramic view of snow-fed mountain.
The small kingdom of Gorkha, founded by king Drabya Shah in 1560 A. D. became famous during the dynasty of Ram Shah (1604-1641 A.D.), who earned the reputation for bringing justice to his people. There was a famous proverb in those days which said that one should go to Gorkha if he were looking for justice.
This beautiful township has always remained as the center of attraction for many Nepalese as well as foreign visitors.
Gorkha durbar: This historical palace is situated on the top of the fortified hill above the township, about one hour's walk uphill from the bus station. On the west side of palace is the temple of Goddess Gorakhkali. There is also a famous cave sheltering the statue of Gorakhnath Baba (sage). It is believed that the name of Gorkha was derived from the name of this sage, whose blessings inspired King Prithvi Narayan Shah for the unification of Nepal. From the top of the hill above Gorkha palace and from a saddle east of the bazaar, the view of Manaslu and Himalchuli is spectacular.
Gorkha bazzar: It is primarily a cobbled street market place where by people from neighboring hill dwellings come to trade. There are a few temples near about, but not much. Yet, it is worth a visit as it provides a very good vista of the quiet charm that soaks a typical hill village of Nepal.
Gorakhnath cave: Ten meters below the palace's southern side, is the sacred cave temple of Gorkhanath. The cave is is carved out of the solid rock and is among the most important religious sites for mainstream Brahmins and Chhetris of Nepal. Gorkha is also an alternate starting point for a few trekking routes in the region. Gorkha-Trisuli is an easy three day walk along unspoiled Nepali country side. One can also walk a long day's walk to Besishahar, which is the usual starting point for Annapurna and Manang area treks. One can also walk through Besishahar area to Pokhara in four days.
Upallokot: It is situated at a 20 minutes walking distance from Gorkha palace.There is a viewing platform at an altitude of 1520 meters in Upallokot from where the spectacular view of Gorkha palace and the sliver shining snow-fed peaks can be enjoyed.
Manakamana: Manakamana is situated 12 km south of Gorkha bazzar. On a beautiful ridge south-east of the township of Gorkha lies the holy temple of Manakamana, the holy goddess of aspirations which is about 1,302 mt. above sea level.. It is a famous pilgrimage site for Hindus. Manakamana is 4 hour's walk uphill from Anbu Khaireni on Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway. But the easiest way to reach manakamana temple is through cable car.Cable car is operating from kurintar. The cable car ride covers a distance of 2.8 km. with 31 passenger and 3 cargo cars, each with a seating capacity of 6. The system has the overall capacity of handling 600 persons per hour. Spectacular views can be seen from inside of cable car including deep valleys, terraced fields and the Manaslu-Himalchuli and Annapurna ranges.
Popular Trekking from Gorkha: If you seek to trek from Gorkha, there is no where a better place to taste some of Nepal’s hillside experience than from Gorkha. You can choose to trek from Gorkha to Kathmandu or Gorkha to Pokhara, However, the most popular trekking from Gorkha is from Gorkha to Pokhara, which is of 10 days. First day, arrive at Gorkha Bazaar, complete sightseeing of the Gorkha palace, then from the second day onwards start trekking from Gorkha - Luitel - Hirmantar - Tarughat - Besisahar - Ghattekhola - Gharpokhari - Rupatal - then arrive Pokhara on the 10th day, then extend a few days of trekking or sightseeing in and around Pokhara.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02: Sightseeing in and around Kathmandu
Day 03: Kathmandu to Gorkha
Day 04: Gorkha to Khanchowk
Day 05: Khanchowk to Takukot
Day 06: Takukot to Jaubari
Day 07: Jaubari to Bhechhek
Day 08: Bhechhek to Kerabari
Day 09: Kerabari to Thalajung
Day 10: Thalajung to Amppipal
Day 11: Amppipal to Khoplang
Day 12: Khoplang - Terakilo / Daraudi River
Day 13: Drive back toKhoplang