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Gorkha is a district in the western region of Nepal. It became part of Nepal when King Prithvi Narayan Shah of Gorkha (also known as Gurkha) unified the country 250 years ago. The district headquarters is in Gorkha Bazaar.

Manakamana Temple

Get in[edit]

Gorkha is connected by all weather road from Kathmandu (4 hours), Birjung (10 hours), Bhairahawa/Sunauli (10 hours) and Pokhara (3 hours). Buses are generally crowded. Micro buses are fast and relatively comfortable. Taxi can be hired from Kathmandu or Pokhara to Gorkha.


  • Gorkha Durbar. Residence of Shah Kings, at an elevation of 1510 m.
  • Manakamana Temple. Dedicated to the Goddess Durga, this temple can be reached by a cable car running from the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway. The temple receives up to 3,000 visitors daily, which increases to tens of thousands during festival times. The high elevation also allows fantastic views over the Himalayas.
  • Mount Manaslu (8,163 m). The eighth highest peak in the world.
  • Liglig Kot. Historical Fort at an elevation of 2700 m.
  • Shreenathkot. Tourist place at an elevation of 2700 m.
  • Dudh Pokhari. High altitude holy milky lake at the height of 5300 m.
  • Ganesh Himal. 7429 m.
  • Barpak Home Stay. tourist area


  • Dashain. The festival in Kathmandu starts only after flowers and holy offerings arrive from Gorkha.
  • Cable car. Visiting the Manakamana Temple by cable car is one of the major attractions of the region.
  • Manaslu Tea-House Trek (5,135m). A two-week trek from either Gorkha Bazaar or more commonly Arughat through the upper reaches of Gorkha District. The trek partially circumnavigates beautiful Manaslu peak. The trekking area is relatively undeveloped.


Local handicrafts, garments and locally grown oranges.


Simple local, Western, and Chinese restaurants are available in Gorkha Bazaar and Manakamana. Local food stalls are available along the trekking route to Manaslu valley.


There is no restriction for any drink. Local wine, beer, and raxi (liquor) are available


Manakamana has many budget lodges with facilities such as TV, telephone and en suite bath.

  • Hotel Bisauni, Gorkha Bazaar
  • Hotel Prince, Gorkha Bazaar
  • Hotel Old Capital, Gorkha Bazaar

Go next[edit]

Go trekking to Pokhara or go to Kathmandu/Pokhara/Birjunj/Sonauli by bus/micro.

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