Gorkha is located in the western region of Nepal is one the pioneer ancient district of Nepal. Which is regarded as the land of the brave Gorkhali soldiers. About six hour smooth drive from Kathmandu and five hour cool drive from Pokhara is the district of Gorkha where the brave King Prithvi Narayan Shah was born.You can directly get bus from Kathmandu,Pokhara and other main cities to reach Gorkha.
The artistic, majestic, fort, a palace, and the temple perched high on the top of the hill around 1000 feet above the Gorkha Bazaar, the Gorkha palace is the major attraction in Gorkha. The palace complex offers attractive views of mountains like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Himchuli, Lamjung Himal and other peaks in the north and lush green valley in the south.
After your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in medieval and modernized Kathmandu, you will be warmly greeted by our office representative and transferred to the hotel. After check-in and some refreshments, our senior guide will come to meet you and give you a brief orientation about Your Tour Plan.
Legends say Kathmandu Valley used to be a large pond and it became habitable only after Manjushree cut a hill to drain the water out. The Valley is a treasure trove in terms of art and architecture, culture and tradition. An old saying says: ‘There are more temples than houses and more idols than people in Kathmandu.’ You can find numerous temples dedicated to different gods and goddesses in every nook and corner of the Valley. Most of these temples are built in pagoda style – often multi storied with slanting roofs but each successive roof smaller. The three cities in the Valley –Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur – used to be three independent kingdoms about 300 years ago. They used to be ruled by Malla kings. They built many temples and palaces which are standing tall even today. This special tour package takes you to these architectural grandeurs of the Kathmandu Valley.
Bhaktapur Durbar Square.
Bhaktapur: Bhaktapur, also known as Bhadgaon, translates into city of devotees. It is an old city founded in the ninth century. It used to be one of the three Malla kingdoms in the Kathmandu Valley before the unification of Nepal. Located east of Kathmandu, the core areas of the city is inhabited by Newars who still follow age-old customs and tradition. Houses here are the best examples of Nepali stone and wooden craft. The 55- window Palace built in 1697, the five-storied Nyatapola Temple, the Kashi Biswanath Temple, and the Dattatreya Temple, among others, are the major attractions in Bhaktapur. Considered a living museum, one can witness ancient traditions carried out even today as they were centuries ago in many areas of the city such as in Potters square where the local potters use age old techniques to make clay pots. You can catch them in action at Taumadhi Square.
Kathmandu Durbar square.
Kathmandu Durbar Square: Kathmandu Durbar Square used to be the palace of Shah kings after unification of Nepal about 270 years ago. This is the place where Nepali kings used to be crowned and legitimized until 2007 when the country adopted republican setup. The area, which is also known as Basantapur or the Hanumandhoka Durbar, because of the idol of Hanuman at the entrance, has many pagoda temples like Maju Deval, Jagannath, Shiva Parbati, Kasthamandap and Taleju, among others. These temples are rich in wooden architecture dating back to centuries. Another attraction here is the Kumari Ghar or the house of Kumari – the living goddess. It is also the place where the famous Indra Jatra festival is organized. The are suffered major damages in the 2015 earthquakes with most of the tall monuments floored. But reconstruction work is going on to rebuild the temples in the previous shape and style.
Patan Durbar Square:
Patan Durbar Square: Patan is one of the cities of the Kathmandu Valley. It used to be an independent state before Nepal was unified. The city is best known for its artistic heritage. The city is surrounded by four Ashokan stupas built in four corners. The city is full of temples and monuments, bronze gateways, guardian deities and wonderful carvings, among others. The main palace has three courtyards — Mul Chowk, Sundari Chowk and Keshav Narayan Chowk. Patan Museum and the golden temple of Hiranaya Varna Mahavihar are the other attractions in and around the Durbar Square.
Swoyambhunath: Seated on a hilltop in the southwestern part of Kathmandu Valley, Swoyambhunath Stupa is an important pilgrimage for Buddhist and a most-visit site for tourists. The nearly 2,000-year old stupa is a whitewashed dome — 20 meters in diameter and 32 meters in height. A conical spire sits on the top of the dome capped by a golden pinnacle. At the base of the spire is four pair of eyes looking in the four directions. There are many temples dedicated to Buddhism and Hinduism in the Hindu premises – the perfect example of religious harmony existing in Nepal. The hill is surrounded by dense forests – a habitat for monkeys, giving it a nickname ‘Monkey Temple’. This UNESCO World Heritage site offers sweeping view of the Kathmandu Valley. On sunny days, you will be rewarded with the view of Himalayas glittering in the northern horizon.
Pashupatinath: Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Pashupatinath is the holiest shrine in Nepal and one of the four important shrines for Hindus all over the world. Believed to have been built in the 5th century and later renovated during the reign of the Malla kings, the site is believed to have existed from the beginning of the millennium when a Shiva lingam was discovered here by cow herders. This largest temple complex in Nepal sits on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. The main pagoda temple is two-storied with a golden pinnacle and has four silver doors and intricate wood carvings. There are temples and idols of several Hindu and Buddhist deities on the temple premises.
Located just 3 kilometers from the city center, the Pashupatinath Temple premises is a UNESCO World Heritage site. There is also a cremation site on the banks of Bagmati River where last rites of Hindus are performed. In the evening, a special aarti is offered to Lord Shiva amidst chanting of sacred mantras and performance of Tandava dance by young priests.
Bouddhanath: Bouddhanath is one of the largest stupas in South Asia and a focal point of Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal. The 36-meter high whitewashed dome sits on a big mandala. A spire is erected on the top of the dome and capped by a glittering pinnacle. At the base of the spiral lies four pair of eyes looking at the four directions. The stupa, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site, is believed to have been built in the 5th century. It is believed to entomb the remains of a sage Kasyap who is venerated by both Buddhists and Hindus. The environment in the stupa complex is always vibrant. Walk along devotees as they circumambulate the stupa, rotating prayer wheels. You can see monks and lama wearing maroon robes circumambulate the stupa chanting mantras. The area is also the best place to buy Tibetan souvenirs – ranging from colorful thankas to trinkets and rugs. Eateries with rooftop patios serve you good food, offering fantastic views of the stupa and the surroundings.
After Sight seen of Kathmandu Valley Overnight at Hotel.
After breakfast, we drive from Kathmandu to Manakamana The Manakamana temple lies 12 km south of the town Gorkha. The temple is located on a distinguished ridge 1,302 meters (4,272 ft) above sea level and overlooks the river valleys of Trisuli River in the south and Marsangdi in the west. The Manaslu- Himachali and Annapurna ranges can be viewed to the north of the temple. The temple is approximately a 140 kilometers from Kathmandu We will Reached Manakamana Temple Through Cabal Car and Puja in Manakamana Temple.After Puja Over Night In Hotel.
After breakfast, we drive from Manakamana to Gorkha. We follow the bank of Trishuli River, the popular rafting river for mild rafts, streams and reach to Gorkha. Gorkha is a historical town, the origin of Shah Dynasty and the gateway for the Manaslu Trekking and many other village tours. In the time of monsoon, the flowing rivers and stream produces wonderful sound, the playful clouds seem kissing the horizon and the local folks are found in wonderful lyrical song singing and planting rice. Gorkha is a hill town. Hiking lovers can enjoy a lot. We visit Gorkha Museum and hike to Gorakhkali temple. There we can see Gorakhnath cave, Kali Temple. It is the superb view point for the scintillating mountain views and nearest hills. We descend from the way of Ram Shah Chautari and arrive at the hotel. Overnight at Gorkha.
After breakfast, we drive back to Kathmandu by the Prithivi Highway. We come across through many streams, hills, bridges, Rivers. We find the countryside very much alluring with the terraced lands and the farmers working there. After our arrival at Kathmandu, we do check in hotel and take rest. Overnight at Kathmandu.
Your trip to the Gorkha Kalika Temple Tour ends today. We depart you to airport 3 hours before your scheduled flight. If you would like to buy dainty gifts for your family, relatives and friends, we could help you guiding into the bustling local market of Kathmandu. Finally, we escort you to the airport and leave you on the gate of departure.
Ancient seat of Shah dynasty.
Guru Gorakhnath meditated in the cave.
Knife like edged ridge from where tantalizing mountain view of Manaslu and Annapurna.
The name Gurkhas originated from this place because of Gorkha soldiers’ bravery.
Old Newari architecture and wooden crafts.