Gorkha

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Picturesque Gorkha, the headquarter of Gorkha district lies between Kathmandu and Pokhara. Not so much prominence in the tourist map of Nepal, yet this district has given shape to the present day Nepal and the Nepalese language also has its origin from this district. . The town Gorkha,  got its name from the presence of the Gorokkhakali and Gorokkhanath temples.

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In 1768, King Prithvi Narayan Shah, of the Shah dynasty, attacked and drove the Malla kings out of Kathmandu and transferred his capital from Gorkha to Kathmandu.

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Gorkha has very limited facilities for tourists. The hotels are of very mediocre standard. There is no private transportation. Local hotels serve only Nepali dishes.

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Gorkha Durbar is perched on a hill about 1000 meters above Gorkha Bazar. The only way to get there is hiking, good sneaker and a bottle of water are a must to carry on this two hour trek. The foot trail meanders around the hill passing through Gorkha villages. On a winter morning, one can see kids playing and the elderly taking a sun bath. The

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Durbar is a combination of a fort, temples and a palace. The Gorokkhonath and Gorokkhakali temples are here.  Animal sacrifice is a popular ritual. On a clear day one can get a magnificent view of the Himalchula and Manaslu range from here.

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The museum is situated below the Durbar. On the way back to Gorkha Bazar one should take a peek at the museum,

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which houses paintings, arms and utensils from the various ages of the Shah dynasty.  The museum has an entry fee.

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About Sanjoy Dutt

Sanjoy Dutt, an engineer, and a linguist is passionate about traveling and writing. He has lived and worked in various places in India and Nepal and now lives in America. While exposed to the struggles of life in early childhood he is a strong believer that challenges in life makes you stronger. He and his wife Lindsay enjoy exploring areas of the US and occasionally struggle with the pots and pans in the kitchen. Sometimes the experiments are delightful.​ Sanjoy has written travelogues and short stories for various journals in Bengali and English. As a child, Sanjoy loved drawing pictures. He has done all the illustrations for his book 'Calcutta in Shorts'.
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