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  • Hotel/Lodges
  • Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November)
  • Guided
  • Available
  • English
  • Bus,Cab


Gorkha is a part of Gandaki province and the fourth largest district of Nepal with a surface area of 3,610 km2 (1,390 sq mi). It is located 110km northwest of Kathmandu. Gorkha is one of the most historical places in Nepal. Many people know Gorkha as the birthplace of King Prithvi Narayan Shah, who united many states of Nepal, during the 18th century. Gorkha is also the name of those fearless soldiers who later were known as the brave Gurkhas hence the place is also known as the land of brave warriors. Basically, the history of Nepal begins with Gorkha. The birthplace and the former winter palace of King Prithivi Narayan shah is now a major tourist attraction as well as a hilltop Gorkha Kalika Temple. This beautiful place has much to offer to its visitor and has also been successful to attract many national and international tourists with its historical significance, cultural heritages, and view of the place itself. There are many spots you can go to once you reach the Gorkha districts. 

Manakamana Temple– Manakamana temple is one of the major highlights of the Gorkha district which was built in the 17th century. It lies at the height of 1300m, in Kafakdada hill. Manakamana is a traditional 2 story Nepalese pagoda-style building and features an ambulatory outside, and extends over 3.8930 Square kilometers) of land.   It is a beautiful temple with deep religious significance. Many people from different parts of the country visit Manakamana to worship and for wishes. Manakamana also has a facility for a cable car. Before, the only way to reach the temple was a long and tiring hike. Now, there is a cable car available from Kurintar. The cable car rides over a distance of 2.8km in about 10 minutes. The button station of the cable car is Kurintar and the top station is Manakamana itself. It carries 6 passengers each time and can handle up to 600 passengers per hour. The operating time of cable car is 9 am to 5 pm with a small lunch break in the afternoon.

Gorkha palace- Built in the 16th century by Ram Shah, Gorkha Palace is a historic landmark and one of the finest highlights of the Gorkha district. The Palace itself is the birthplace of King Prithivi Narayan Shah and is situated at an altitude of 1000m. The walls of the palace are about 3 feet thick and the floor is supported by extended wooden beams. Basically, Gorkha palace or Gorkha Durbar is the perfect example of traditional Newari architecture. There is a Kalika temple, in the western part of the palace, built in the 17th century and holds a great religious value for Hindus. People other than Hindus are not allowed inside the temple and also any kind of things made of leather are not allowed. The temple is beautiful and has wooden carvings of birds, animals, and deities. On the southwestern of the place, lies the temple of Goddess Gorkhali. There is a Gorakhnath temple near Gorkhali temple. Goraknath was a Hindu Yogi who was an influential founder of the Nath Hindu movement.

Besides these, Gorkha also offers the best view of mountains and a close-up view of Mount Manaslu. Gorkha Bazar itself is a beautiful town to which many people from near villages come for trade. Gorkha is a place tucked on the historical and religious value, a place from where the unification of Nepal began.  


  • Explore the Gorkha Durbar museum
  • Visit one of the holiest temples Manakamana
  • Get to see many rivers including Marshyangdi


1. Departure from Kathmandu (6:00 AM - 7:30 AM)
• Start your journey early in the morning from Kathmandu to Gorkha. The drive takes approximately 3-4 hours, so leaving early allows you to make the most of your day.
2. Manakamana Temple (8:00 AM - 10:00 AM)
• Upon reaching Gorkha, head to the Manakamana Temple.
• Visit this traditional Nepalese pagoda-style temple, built in the 17th century, with deep religious significance.
• If you're feeling adventurous, take the cable car from Kurintar to Manakamana for breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape.
3. Lunch in Gorkha (12:00 PM - 1:30 PM)
• Enjoy a traditional Nepali lunch in Gorkha, savoring local flavors and cuisine.
4. Gorkha Palace and Kalika Temple (2:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
• Explore the historic Gorkha Palace, built in the 16th century by Ram Shah, the birthplace of King Prithivi Narayan Shah.
• Admire the traditional Newari architecture, thick palace walls, and extended wooden beams.
• Visit the Kalika Temple, located in the western part of the palace, which holds great religious value for Hindus. Note the intricate wooden carvings depicting birds, animals, and deities.
5. Gorakhnath Temple and Gorkhali Temple (4:30 PM - 5:30 PM)
• Visit the Gorakhnath Temple near Gorkhali Temple, paying homage to the influential Hindu Yogi, Goraknath.
• Explore the Gorkhali Temple, adhering to the religious practices. Note that entry may be restricted to non-Hindus and items made of leather.
6. Sunset and Mountain Views (6:00 PM - 7:30 PM)
• Head to a vantage point in Gorkha to enjoy the sunset and get a close-up view of Mount Manaslu.
• Capture the scenic beauty and relax in the peaceful ambiance of this historical town.
7. Dinner in Gorkha Bazar (8:00 PM onward)
• Conclude your day with dinner in Gorkha Bazar, experiencing the local town atmosphere.
• Engage with locals and explore the vibrant trade activities in the area.


Cost Includes

  • Airport/Hotel Transportation (via car)
  • Admission Charges
  • Private Lodging
  • Car Commute
  • Meal Package (inclusive of breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
  • Expert Guide proficient in English
  • Taxes and Relevant Fees

Cost Excludes

  • Travel Insurance
  • Visa Charges
  • Gratuities and Tips
  • Personal Expenditures


What is the significance of Manakamana Temple in Gorkha?

Manakamana Temple, built in the 17th century, is a traditional Nepalese pagoda-style temple located on Kafakdada hill. It holds deep religious significance, and many people visit to worship and make wishes. The temple can be reached by a cable car from Kurintar, providing stunning views during the 10-minute ride.

What are the key attractions within Gorkha Palace?

The palace houses the Kalika Temple, built in the 17th century, known for its religious significance among Hindus. There’s also the Gorakhnath Temple, dedicated to the influential Hindu Yogi Goraknath. Non-Hindus may have restrictions on entering some areas.

How can I reach Gorkha from Kathmandu, and how long does it take?

Gorkha is located 110 km northwest of Kathmandu. The journey from Kathmandu to Gorkha takes approximately 3-4 hours by road. You can hire a taxi or use public transportation to reach Gorkha.

Is there an entrance fee for Manakamana Temple and Gorkha Palace?

es, there may be entrance fees for Manakamana Temple and Gorkha Palace. These fees contribute to the maintenance and preservation of these historical and religious sites. It’s advisable to check the current ticket prices and regulations.

What is the best time to visit Gorkha for a good view of Mount Manaslu?

The best time to enjoy a good view of Mount Manaslu in Gorkha is during the late afternoon or evening. You can head to a vantage point to witness the sunset and capture the scenic beauty of the region.

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