The 16th century Royal Palace and 3 mountains ranges, the Manasalu, Annapurna and Ganesh Himal which include more than 40 mountains, surround the area. Gorkha, a place of historical, cultural, religious and ecological significance lies in western Nepal. The history of modern Nepal begins from Gorkha. Prithvi Narayan Shah, king of Gorkha unified the then small provinces which used to function as autonomous nations. The old fortress town of Gorkha used to be an important strategic outpost. It controlled the ancient routes to major marketing hubs. Gorkha itself is branded with world famous ‘Gurkha Soldiers’.The beautiful meadows set amidst shooting snow-clad peak and glaciers, tranquil pine and rhododendron forest with hospitable people would be a major attractions for luring the tourists and provide them life-time memory and experience of the Manaslu and the Gorkha region.‘Manaslu Conservation Area’ in Gorkha region is famous for rich bio-diversity and ecotourism activities. Gorkha offers enchanting walks leading to interesting sites, whether it is day-travellers around Gorkhabazaar, or few days backpacking up to Manslu region.
On a beautiful ridge south-east of the township of Gorkha lies the holy temple of Manakamana, the holy goddess of aspirations. This temple is thought to be one of the manifestations of the Hindu goddesses Bhagwati. People have a faith that the Devi fulfills all aspirations and wishes of her devotees, thus is also known as wish fulfilling deity. The Devi in fact rewards her devotes on reaching the shrine in both spiritual and physical exhilaration.
The temple area owes quite a small bazaar with good views to its surrounding. One can enjoy mild climate and plenty of interesting walks down deep valleys and terraced fields. It is now a bustling bazaar that is growing rapidly everyday.
The temple has been easily accessible within 10 minutes on due to the introduction of the cable car. The cable car station lies in Kurintar which is 105km west of Kathmandu. Manakamana is a four hour walk from Abukhaireni on Kathmandu-Pokhara highway. Manakamana is facilitated with a number of hotels and lodges ranging from average to luxurious.
Lakhan Thapa Village:
This village is the home of the first martyr of Nepal, Lakhan Thapa Magar, who was one of the first prominent resistors against the rule of the Rana regime. He worked vigorously to overthrow the Rana rule. He set forth revolutionary political vision to overthrown the autocratic rule of Jung Bahadur Rana. On 27 February 1877, Lakhan Thapa was given a death penalty hanging him on a tree by Rana government. Bungkot is his town which is about 10 km away by road form Gorkha Bazaar. Villagers offer warm and hearty hospitality to any visitors to this place.
Gorkha is very famous for adventurous and arduous traditional honey hunting practices. Arduous traditional honey hunters just hang on a rope and slide down to the middle of the massive rock/riff and hunt honey.
Gorkha’s uniqueness is its historical, natural and socio-cultural diversity. It has been developed as a common dwelling place for the Mongoloid and Aryan people of different castes with their own traditions alike. The area is the abode of rich cultural heritage, unsurpassed beauty, and biological diversity. Crossing over its thundering rivers with the help of ropes and suspension bridges, passing beneath towering rock cliffs and through dense jungle adds to new experiences. The topography changes each day ascending through number of climatic zones into rugged territory and hastily joining the barren lunar landscape of Tibetan plateau. These diversities provide a best ground to researchers for their studies.
Some villages around Gorkha are culturally so rich that tourists can mingle themselves with villagers. Most of them have well preserved Gurung and Ghale culture, art and handicrafts. Among these, Barpak, homeland of Victoria Cross honored late Captain Gaje Ghale, was visited by Dr. Roman Herzog, President of Germany in 1997. This village has been developing community based cultural tourism.