Gorkha

150 kms north from Kathmandu sits the cradle of the Nation Gorkha. Even though it is relatively painless half-day ride from Pokhara, Kathmandu or Chitwan, it still remains strangely untouristed. This is in fact a very fascinating place. Some of the buildings which you see here is believed to date from the reign of King Ram Shah (1606-36). Later, there has been some improvisation utilizing Newari artesian. You will have a superb view of the plunging valleys and the soaring Himalayas. Being a central place for the Nepal’s royal family, it occupies a central place in Nepal history. The famous attraction of Gorkha Durbar is hunched on the hilltop above the market is an architectural triumph. The hill side have network of paths and retaining walls that may have cost fortune to build. The walk along the ridges is rewarding with stupendous views of Mt. Ganesh and Mt. Annapurna. Visit Tallokot, a small, old fort now used as a sacrificial site. Photography is not permitted once you enter durbar premises. Also you are not allowed to weather leather inside the complex. Visit Kalika temple which has superb woodcarvings. Only a special caste of Brahmain priest and kings can enter. A day visit to Gorkha is best way to get to know about Nepal history.

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