Published Date :06 Jan, 2016
Gorkha lies 156 km west from Kathmandu. Gorkha is the origination of Shah Dynasty from where the king Prithivi Narayan Shah unified the modern Nepal. Gorkha is the hilly/Himalayan region which has been extended from 488 m to 8163 m. Gurkha is the homeland of the legendary brave warriors. It is the region where Mt. Manaslu, 8163 m is situated. It is the pioneer traveling destination for the explorer. There are other things like Sita Cave, Tibetan pilgrims in the northern part of Gorkha, historical ditch of military, rhododendron forest, Yak meadows can be visited and the people for their guests welcome as the God in the evening. So, Gorkha is a district of historical, cultural, religious and ecological significance. It is noted for her bravery, justice, beauty and grace. Gorkha itself is branded with world famous ‘Gurkha soldiers’. Gorkha Bazaar, the district headquarters, is a small town with many old heritage sites. Manaslu Conservation Area in Gorkha region is famous for rich biodiversity and ecotourism activities. There are many villages with unique culture, landscape and scenic beauty that are really attractive. Gorkha has everything to offer easy-going charm of people, the fascinating culture and the spectacular beauty. In a nutshell, Gorkha proffers different ranges of holidays from environmental to cultural experiences for any discerning traveler.
Gorkha is quite rich in cultural heritage, arts and artifacts. Northern Gorkha particularly Tsum and Nubri valley is quite rich in Buddhism cultural heritage with numerous monasteries, stupas while the Gorkha Bazaar itself is ancient historical place with age-old temple. Manakamana Temple is famous for the wish fulfilling goddess. The area is very easy to get through cable car. There is flow of devotees from different parts of the country. The Gorakhnath Baba cave is near to the old Royal Palace on the top hill of Gorkha. The Indian sage, originator and the promoter of the famous Hathayoga in the 9th century, came to meditate and lived here who blessed King Prithivi Narayan Shah, the conqueror of modern Nepal. Kalika Bhagawati is another powerful goddess, being worshipped with great devotion by Hindus.
Besides its historic glory, Gorkha bestows numerous natural assets, cultural and religious heritage. Gorkha is rugged with high hills and Himalayan peaks. North Gorkha is popular for trekking, mountaineering. South Gorkha has been enriched with its bio-diversity, cultural, religious and environmentally sound tourism. The countryside with rich village life, wide range of flora and fauna, sub tropical forest, and low river valleys have made this region worth visiting. The trek Ghyalchowk to Gorkha bazaar makes our visit exhilarating. The folk song and the traditional dances like Ghatu and Chudka dance in Gurung community, Kauda and Maruni dance in Magar community should not be missed. One can enjoy Gorkha tour with short hiking, home-stay to Manaslu trekking.