Gorka is the capital of Gorkha District, Nepal which is a part of Gandaki zone and is one of the seventy five districts of Nepal. Gorkha is the birthplace of King Prithvi Narayan Shah, who united the kingdom during 18th century. Gorkha offers great view of snow-fed mountains and it is an untouched and captivating town of Nepal.
Places to visit in Gorkha:
Gorkha Durbar –: Gorkha Durbar is a historical palace, situated on the top of the hill. To reach Durbar the visitors have to climb 1500 stone steps. Gorkha Durbar is a fort, a palace and a temple. There is a statue of a sage in the palace. The sage was called as Gorakhnath Baba and it is believed that the name of Gorkha was derived from his name, whose blessings inspired King Prithvi Narayan Shah for the unification of Nepal. From Gorkha Palace, the view of Manaslu and Himalchuli is marvelous.
Gorkha Bazaar –: It is a cobbled street market where people from neighbouring hill come to trade.
Gorkhnath Cave –: Ten meters below the Gorkha Palace is the sacred cave temple of Gorkhanath. The cave was carved out of solid rock and it is among the most religious sites for Brahmin’s and Chhetri’s of Nepal.
Uppallaokot –: Uppallaokot is situated at a 20 minutes walking distance from Gorkha Palace at an altitude of 1520m. From Uppallaokot, visitors can enjoy the spectacular view of Gorkha Palace and snow-covered peaks.
Manakamana –: It is the temple of holy goddess of aspirations, which is a famous pilgrimage site for Hindus.
Kalika Mandir –: This temple was built by King Ram Shah which is full of psychedelic fantasy of carved peacocks, demons and serpents. Only the Brahmin priest and King can enter the temple, but non-Hindus are allowed to observe sacrifices which are done in the temple.
Dhuni Pati –: Dhuni Pati was the former palace of the King Prithvi Narayan Shah. The palace is covered in elaborate wood carvings and windows in a shape of Garuda. Non-Hindus cannot enter in Dhuni Pati.