Gorkha District is a region of central Nepal 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.
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.
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