After our trek in the Langtang Valley we come back to Kathmandu to request our visa for India, but after a week we are ready to leave again. We are recommended to visit Gorkha, a small but historically important village from where King Prithvi Narayan Shah unified the country under his rule.
The interest of this small village lies in the fort that overlooks from above. You need to climb 1500 steps up through rural houses and crops after passing the Gorkha museum (that we don’t visit), so it is a good workout to burn the big breakfast we had in the morning 🙂
Once in Durbar Square, you enter a small, smelly complex with a Hindu temple, next to the old royal dwelling that served as the King’s ruling headquarters and a small shrine. The area is protected by the army but the pigeons and monkeys are the ones who have actually taken over (thus the smell).
The effort we make to climb all the way here is now rewarded with the views of the Annapurna, Manaslu and Ganesh Himal snowed peaks, and the village and green terraces continue their slow pace beneath.
We continue downstairs and find a very nice and old ficus that leads to a shrine with a few steps to climb. At the top there is a stone with two feet that represent where the saint Gorakhnath appeared and that is why the name ‘Gorkha’ was given to the city and the reason it was established there; This is a great viewpoint from which we can see the fort and the Himalayas together.
Gorkha can be reached from Kathmandu from the new bus station Gongambu. Many men will approach you asking for your destination, but don’t buy the ticket from them, as they will try to charge you much more. Go to the official ticket selling office and look for the ticket window that says “Gorkha”, by the end of the hall. We paid 300NPR per person.
Gorkha Durbar entrance ticket costs 50 NPR that the guards will make sure to charge you, plus 200NPR for camera fee.