Gorkha Tour – Its attraction & Staying at Gorkha Garden Hotel
Gorkha is the land of courageous and valiant soldiers. Nepal as the whole country is often referred to as Gorkha so, during this tour, you will get to encounter the real Nepal. Every visitor traveling to Nepal must visit Gorkha because you will get to experience the local lifestyle of people along the majestic Himalayas scenery. Gorkha has always been a top destination for
pilgrims and crusaders since the major attraction of this district is the holy Gorknath and Gurukha Kalika. This place represents ferocious Nepal. In earlier nineties, Nepal was divided into 50 tiny states and Gorkha was one of them. The great king Prithivi Narayan Shah unified these tiny states into one as Gorkha. After that, he built a great palace there and began to rule Nepal. Nepalese people were known as Ghurkhas, the legendary brave warrior who fought guns and bombs with knives, and stones.
The place provides you the splendid views of the green grassland and the tall mountain peaks. Gorkha durbar is the place that you must visit once if you are in Gorkha. This palace is located in downtown Gorkha and takes one hour of trekking. You will be blown away by the strategy of how the palace is built over a mound hillock. There is a goddess Gorakhali located on the southern side of the Gorkha palace. Gorkha is the perfect place where you can get a majestic view of the Manaslu and Himalchuli peaks. You must visit the Upallokot which provides you with the best view of the place and peaks. Upallokot lies at the altitude of 5,000 feet made on a pedestal over the hills.
How to get there?
Gorkha is the best location for traveling as it is full of natural beauty, and panoramic views of rolling green hills. Moreover, the unspoiled jungle areas, lakes, ancient caves, waterfalls, and flora ads beauty to this place. During this tour, you will get a spectacular glance of different small mountains including Manaslu and Himalchuli.
You will be bedazzled by the great scenery of the Gorkha valley. Most tourists prefer this tour because this Gorkha is accessible from both Pokhara and Kathmandu. The villages in Gorkha are untouched by the latest world so you can encounter the rural life of Nepal. The quaint hill town and the amusing trail have a history of their own.
Gorkha has been a pertinent kingdom since ancient times as it was the capital of Nepal till the last monarch. Gorkha is situated midway between Pokhara and Kathmandu so you can reach Gorkha within a couple of hours from both of these places. This district lies at an altitude of 3,500 feet from sea level. Gorkha has always been the center of attraction for domestic and international visitors due to its simple yet remarkable beauty. Although Gorkha is one of the isolated districts in Nepal but reaching it is very easy.
You can take the bus to Gorkha both from Kathmandu or Pokhara, however, you can easily find the bus from Kathmandu (the new bus park). It takes 4 hours to reach Gorkha from Kathmandu and 2 hours from Pokhara. Gorkha has a single bus park located south of the museum.
Where to stay ?
Gorkha Garden hotel
There are few hotels in Gorkha but the most good one and new one with all faciliites is Gorkha Garden hotel. Gorkha Garden Hotel is all set to engage you in one of the finest vibrant Hospitality Experiences in the emerging city Gorkha. GORKHA GARDEN HOTEL, ideally suited for business & leisure travelers in Gorkha, as it is located in the hillside with a proximity of pilgrimage, historical site visit, various activities and shopping within easy reach. Gorkha Garden Hotel is situated in a quiet locality, yet close to the bustling city of Basantpur.
The hotel has a total of 45 rooms, 2 Presidential Suite, 2 Family Room, 8 Super Deluxe and 33 Deluxe rooms. All of the rooms are vibrant and comfortable, offering the traveler a refreshing haven and offering an opportunity to relax after a long day. The rooms have good quality of beds and duvet, a tea-coffee maker, a mini bar, a closet, a writing desk, telephone line and wall mounted LED TV with cable channels. The entire Hotel is Wi-Fi enabled. Standard toiletries are on offer in bathrooms. Gorkha Garden Hotel is just 500 meter from bus park, 29 KM away from Abu Khaireni and 35 km from Mugling
Places that you must visit in Gorkha
Gorkha durbar and museum
The major attraction of Gorkha is the Gorkha Durbar. This palace is one of the ancient buildings as it was built during the 16th century by king Ram Shah. Gorkha durbar is the perfect place for people who are interested in the history of Nepal. You can also encounter the ancient architecture of Nepal. In addition to this, you can visit the museum, which is located inside the premises of this durbar. You can see all the weapons and accessories used by the ancient king in this museum.
Another interesting thing about Gorkha palace is the picturesque view of the mountains from the temple. You can see mountains like Mt.Ganesh, Mt.Manaslu, Mt. Himalchuli, and Mt. Annapurna. Moreover, religious places like Gorakhali and Gorknath temple also lie inside this palace. Gorkha durbar is the main reason that people visit Gorkha.
Gorkha is the gateway to many touristic places like Pokhara, Chitwan, and Manaslu trek. You can trek to mount Manaslu from Aarughat Gorkha, the trail to this trek passes through the Tibetan border. It takes hours 10 to 15 days to complete the Manaslu trek from Gorkha.
During this trek, you will get the closest and crystal clear view of the high mountains like Mt. Ganesthan, Mt. Sringi, Mt. Lamjung, and Mount. Himlung and so on. On this trek, you will be passing through the remote yet magnificent Tsum Valley, sanagaun, and Birendra Lake. Mount Manaslu is the eighth highest peak in the world and lies in the Gorkha district.
People tend to do this trek to get the experience of trekking other high mountains. Throughout this trek from the starting, you will get the closest view of the mountain with glacial ridges and landscapes offering amazing views. On the trail to this trek, you will come across many rivers,
streams, and waterfalls. The trail to this trek goes through narrow terrains and the hills add beauty to the trip.
The famous Manakamana temple lies in the Gorkha district of Nepal. This temple is devoted to the goddess Bhagwati. There is extraordinary spiritual energy inside the premises temples that hold lots of religious and historical importance. People believe at the goddess fulfills all the wishes of the devotee in this temple. Moreover, you will need to ride in the cable car to get to the temple. It is the highest cable car in Nepal and provides with you a gorgeous view of the entire Gorkha district.
You can reach Manakamana in just 10 minutes through this ride. Every year thousands of people from all around the world come to visit Manakamana temple to seek blessing from goddess Bhagwati. Manakamana temple is the most renowned temple in Nepal that holds a lot of religious beliefs. This temple lies in the southeast of the township of the Gorkha district. This place is the holiest place for Hindu pilgrimage and is said by the holy goddess of wish fulfillment. You will have to walk for around four hours from Anbu Khaireni on the Kathmandu-Pokhara.
Larpak village is a great place to visit in Gorkha. This is the majestic village which is surrounded by high snow-capped mountains. Most people of the Gurung and Sherpa community stay in this village sharing their culture. You can experience the local life of the villages in Nepal. The unique language and culture of the Gurung add up the charm to this village. The house is made in the traditional style with stones and decorated with painting on the roofs.
Buddhism is predominantly followed by the people here so the trail to Manaslu from this village is filled with Buddhist flags. Agriculture and farming is the main source of people living here. Larpak village provides jaw-dropping views of the mountains during the clear days in winter.
Bhimsen Park is a beautiful place that lies about a 2km walk from the Gorkha palace. Like most of the places in Gorkha Bhimsen Park is also conned with the history of Nepal and the first Prime Minister Bhimsen Thapa. There is the statue of Bhimsen Thapa in this park. This park is the place to relax and enjoy the view of the spectacular mountains. This place seems to be crowded during holidays as many people visit this park and enjoy it with their families.
If you wish you can also visit Pacchimkhali temple which takes a couple of hours from
this park. Pacchimkhali temple is the perfect example of Nepal architecture.
Food and accommodation during Gorkha tour
Food is another prominent part of this Gorkha tour. You will get to try lots of local cuisine including the famous Dal Bhatt. Food in Gorkha is grown mostly organic. For accommodation, you can find many options from luxurious hotels and lodges to homestays. Gorkha is a simple yet clean and cozy place so visitors tend to visit Gorkha often.
Itinerary of Gorkha Tour
you can do the tour of Gorkha bazaar for 1 or 2 days with the historical sites. . You can visit the museum nearby with the magnificent view of the snow-capped mountain range. After that, you can get back to Kathmandu or Pokhara via bus.
Frequently asked question
1. How to stay in good health when traveling to Nepal?
If you are a tourist and coming to Nepal after the pandemic, you must get covid vaccination. After getting to Nepal you should eat food that is cooked thoroughly. You should be conscious to drink water from only a reputed brand of bottled water or cleaned and boiled water only.
During the Gorkha trek you can drink soft drinks like Coke and Pepsi are fine to drink but try to avoid hard drinks like alcohol and beverage. If you are trekking to Gorkha during monsoon season then you should be extra careful about the food and drinks. If possible try to wear a mask when walking in the dusty and polluted street.
The summer season in Gorkha can be tough to walk in the street due to the pollution. In addition to this, if you have any medical condition you must inform your guide about it and take necessary precautions for it.
2. Is Nepal a safe country to travel?
Nepal is generally a safe country to travel to with a very low crime rate. However, we suggest you to aware and follow the safety concern. You might try to avoid demonstrations, rallies, and public gatherings as there might be a chance of robbery.
You should be aware of the surrounding that you are traveling with. Do not go anywhere alone or without informing a guide, you should check with the representative about the safe and unsafe areas. You should zip your wallet and bags and try not to open them in public. If you are traveling solo then make sure that the hotel that you are staying in is safe and register.