The name by which Nepali people first became world famous is Gorkha (the British called the Nepali soldiers they recruited, Gurkhas). Gorkha is the name of the kingdom from where the Shah dynasty hailed. The Nepal of today was once divided into dozens of small kingdoms until King Prithvi Narayan Shah began his conquest of neighboring states. He then captured the valley kingdoms and moved his capital to Kantipur (Kathmandu’s former name) in 1769. The Shah rulers continued the drive to bring all the smaller kingdoms under their rule until Nepal became one unified country.
Gorkha’s attraction is the historic old Durbar, the original palace of the Shah dynasty which has been maintained well and is the major tourist destination. Perched on a hilltop, the palace also commands a sweeping view of the surroundings. Many trekkers start the great circuit from Gorkha town while also enjoying the sights of the historic remains of an old dynasty and culture of the local populace.
The two major ethnic groups that populate Gorkha are Gurungs and Magars, who have earned a reputation for bravery in the two World Wars, winning Victoria Crosses from the British government. But it is only in the battlefield that they displayed their fierce attribute, remaining a friendly people in normal circumstances with a reputation for excellent hospitality. “The Honey Hunters of Nepal”, a popular documentary made by Eric Valli and Diane Summers was shot in Gorkha where the local people still continue the practice of collecting wild honey.
The town of Gorkha is a six hour drive from Kathmandu and has a number of decent hotels and resorts catering to tourists. There are regular buses leaving for Gorkha from the bus park in Gongabhu, Ring Road, Kathmandu.
Reach at the pickup point early in the morning at around 6:00 Am. After the arrival of all the students and College/School Staff we will move from the pickup point to our peak destination; Gorkha with beautiful eye catchy scenarios. In the same time we will have Thakali veg lunch at Ramailo Danda. After having Lunch we will head towards our destination. Tentatively at 3:00 Pm we will reach to Gorkha and then students shall perform their research based activities. In the time of observation, students can perform their activities like sample collections and perform data collection activities. In the same time they can learn about the history of our late King Prithivi Narayan Shah. After all these activities, we will check in to the hotel and Campfire program will be conducted. After the program we will have Dinner and overnight stay in the same hotel where we had dinner and Campfire program.
Wake up early in the morning. Have breakfast at hotel at around 6:00 Am after refreshment. Move from hotel to visit other places in Gorkha. Hike 30 Minutes to reach Gorkha Durbar. After reaching to our destination, we will also visit Gorkha museum. In the same time students can know about the history of our late king Prithivi Narayan Shah. Some photography program in Gorkha Durbar/Palace. After that we will have lunch at around 11:30 Am. After lunch and refreshment program we will move forward for Gorkha Village Tour. On the same day we will explore whole Gorkha village and culture of local people including all the famous religious temples and popular places. After full day Visit we will get back to hotel where we spent night on the first day. Have dinner in the hotel and overnight stay in the same hotel.
Wake up early in the morning. Have breakfast at 6:00 Am after refreshment program. Check out from the hotel and hike to Palungtar. Students shall observe flora and fauna in the hiking route. In the same way we will also visit Ligligkot Durbar area. In this day students shall perform all kinds of remaining works like interaction with villagers, climate study, and observation of different things. Have Lunch at 12 Pm and drive back to Kathmandu. We will reach Kathmandu at around 5:00 Pm.
Standard tourist hotel and lodges
Breakfast, Lunch (Veg) and Dinner (Non Veg) from standard hotels and Lodges