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Gorkha Durbar, Nepal

Origin Kingdom of the Shah Dynasty, the birthplace of King Prithvi Narayan (1723), district headquarters of Gorkha, lies 140 km (87 miles) northwest of Kathmandu. The historical with cultural most important place lies 24 km north of Abu Khaireni on the Pokhara-Kathmandu highway. The Sunset view remains impressive from the town. 

Places to visit are Gorkha Durbar (palace), Kalika Temple (1450 m), Dhuni Pati, Tallo Durbar (palace museum), district headquarters, a fort with splendid views of Dhaulagiri (8167 m), Manaslu (8163 m). The founder of modern Nepal, King Prithvi Narayan Shah, ruled in the mid-18th century. King Ram Shah (1609-1636) was ruled there at the beginning of the 17th century.

Gorkha once was the capital city of Nepal before Kathmandu. India was a colony of Britain until 1947. The British government was so impressed with the fighting skill of Nepalese during the Anglo-Nepalese War in 1814-1816. They did not colonise Nepal. British recruited a Nepali source of warriors in 1857 called Gurkha to the district Gorkha. 

Gorkha Bazaar takes 40 minutes of uphill walking to get former palace with 17th-century Kali Temple. Dashain celebrates two times at Kali Temple in October and March by worshipping and sacrificing male animals. The Yogis take an initiation, pierce ears and put discs with Gurus in the Kali Temple. A Dhuni Pati with Shiva Temple is there. Take 30 minutes uphill walk to the fort, a telephone tower with views of the Himalayas. Gorkha Bazaar has established hotels, restaurants and markets.