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 four hours drive from Kathmandu.  There is good road access linking the town to other cities of Nepal, and a road is currently being developed through Gorkha to Barpak which is an area further into the mid hills. Other 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 water and power supplies. GDS has peviosly been involved in a water scheme and some town planning.  Using the google maps below you can find the location of Gorkha, Nepal and start planning your trip!

Gorkha town view

Hillside near Gorkha

 


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