The hometown of Shah Kings of Nepal
A 25 kilometers road off the main highway connecting Pokhara and Kathmandu brings you to the ancient town of Gorkha. The home town of the Shah Kings of Nepal and the brave Gorkha soldiers. It was king Prithivi Narayan Shah of Gorkha who initiated the unification of Nepal about 250 years ago. The historic old Durbar of Gorkha, the original palace of the Shah kings’ perched on a hilltop is the major tourist attraction in Gorkha. The palace commands a sweeping view of the surrounding hills and the valleys along with the views of Mt. Manaslu and the Himalchuli. Many trekkers prefer to start the Manaslu circuit trek from Gorkha while enjoying the historic remains of the old dynasty that unified and ruled Nepal for about 240 years.