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Places to visit in Nepal - Gorkha

Gorkha, Where Monarchy Began

Gorkha lies almost midway between Kathmandu and Pokhara. After travelling from Kathmandu towards Pokhara for 118 kilometers, the diversion to Gorkha is on the intersection at Abu Khaireni, and from there it is a short 18 kilometers drive northward to the birthplace of King Prithvi Narayan Shah, the first ruler of the Shah Dev Dynasty.

Situated on a hill overlooking the snowy peaks of the Himalaya is the beautiful Gorkha Durbar, a fort, palace and temple complex. It was built during the reign of King Ram Shah (1606-1636). It was from this very palace that King Prithivi Narayan Shah began his campaign to unify the kingdom of Nepal. The temples of Gorhakhnath and Kali within the outstanding examples of Nepali architecture. Treks to Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit Treks begin from here.


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