The Gorkha District, being one of the seventy five districts of Nepal is associated with the name of the legendary Gurkha soldiers. Located about 24km north of Abu Khaireni, Gorkha is famous as the birthplace of Prithvi Narayan Shah who unified the rival kingdoms of Nepal.
There are three fascinating facts related with the naming of Gorkha. One fact associates it to “Gorakshaa” which in Sanskrit means protection of cow making it unholy and illegal to kill a cow in Nepal. Another myth holds that a saint names Gorakhnath appeared first in Gorkha and thus the city was named after him.
The Gorkha District has quite a few places to visit in and around it. The Manakamana Temple situated in this area is the sacred place of Hindu Goddess Bhagwati, the incarnation of Parvati. As the name indicates it is believed that the Goddess bhagwati grants the wishes of all those who visit this shrine to worship her. Another tourist spot is the Gorakhnath. It is located ten meters south of Gorkha Palace and is a holy place for the Brahmins and Chhetris.
The architectural wonder of Gorkha is the Gorakhnath Palace which stands at an altitude on 3281 ft. and requires climbing of around 1700 steps! The rich history of this region can only be experienced after visiting this place.