Where is Gorkha?

Gorkha District is a region of central Nepalnepal-map[1] situated in the mid hills approximately 110km north west of Kathmandu. It is a town of great historical significance as it was the birth place of King Prithvi Narayan Shah who, during the last half of the 18th century, united the many states of Nepal. The well respected King is still greatly revered for his wisdom, tolerance and justice. He was born in the Gorkha Durbah a palace/temple which is now a tourist attraction.

Gorkha is also the name of the fearless soldiers of the region, who later became known as the Ghurkhas. The Ghurkhas still serve within the British Army and have a much respected reputation.

The town of Gorkha is now a bustling small hillside town in the foothills of the Himalayas approximately five hours drive from Kathmandu.  There is good road access linking the town to other cities of Nepal, and roads have more recently been developed through Gorkha to more rural areas further into the mid hills whilst more remote rural locations in the region still depend on inter village pathways.The town now has improved drainage and water supplies in the main area though this is limited in the outskirts of the town and the rural areas still lack all amenities including regular water and power supplies.

 

Terraced hillside for farming

 

Traditional rural house

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Houses destroyed by earthquake

In April 2015 the area was greatly affected by earthquakes with many lives lost, several villages completely destroyed, most schools in the area affected/destroyed and thousands of houses lost leaving the poorest people still living in bamboo/galvanise shelters.

Bamboo shelter for family of 6 children after earthquake

 

Galvanise shelter – boiling in summer, freezing in winter when it gets to just a few degrees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A google map below introduces you to the region of Gorkha.


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