It 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 kilometres 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. It is connected historically with the creation of the modern Nepal and the name of the legendary Gurkha soldiers. The attractive point in Gorkha is the royal palace which lies on the top of the hills. Inside the premises of the palace, there are two attractive temples of Gorhakhnath and Kali within the outstanding examples of Nepali architecture. It is the location of the Manakamana Temple. Treks to Manaslu and Annapurna Circuit Treks begin from here.
Places of interest:
This historical palace is situated on the top of the fortified hill above the township. It is believed that the name of Gorkha was derived from the name of this sage, whose blessings inspired King Prithvi Narayan Shah for the unification of Nepal.
It is primarily a cobbled street market place where by people from neighboring hill dwellings come to trade.
Shrine of Goddess Manakamana, also known as the wish fulfilling Goddess is located 6 kilometers north of Mungling on the Prithvi (Kathmandu-Pokhara) Highway. It is nestled on a top edge (1,302 meters) gazing the valleys of Trishuli to the south and Marshyangdi to the west. You can reach there by cable car along the highway right up to the temple in less than 10 minutes.
Ten meters below the palace’s southern side, is the sacred cave temple of Gorkhanath.
It is situated at a 20 minutes walking distance from Gorkha palace.