Gorkha district lies in western region of Nepal. It become part of Nepal when King Prithvi Narayan Shah of Gorkha (also known as Gurkha) unified the country 250 years ago. The District headquarters is Gorkha Bazaar.
Gorkha headquarter is connected by all weather road from Kathmandu (4 hours), Birjung (10 hours), Bhairahawa/Sunauli(10 hours) and Pokhara (3 hours). Buses are generally crowded. Micro buses are fast and relatively comfortable. Taxi can be hired from Kathmandu or Pokhara to Gorkha. Alternatively, a traveler can take any bus that goes via Abu Khaireni. You can get down in Abu Khaireni and take another transport to head to Gorkha. It is approximately 30 KM, takes about an hour.
- Gorkha Durbar. The fort of King Ram Shah of Gorkha.
- Manakamana Temple. The temple can be reached by a cable car running from the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway. The temple is dedicated to the Goddess Durga, and receives up to 3,000 visitors daily, which increases to tens of thousands during festival times. The high elevation of the temple also allows fantastic views over the Himalayas.
- Mount Manaslu (8,163m). The eighth highest peak in the world.
- Dashain. The festival in Kathmandu starts only after flowers and holy offerings arrive from Gorkha.
- Cable car. Visiting the Manakamana Temple by cable car is one of the major attractions of the region. Take a local bus to kathmandu and get out in Kurunta (?). Or find a bus who drives directly to Manakamana if you won't pay 15 USD for the cable car. One Way 760 rupees for foreigner.
- Manaslu Tea-House Trek (5,135m), . A two week trek from either Gorkha Bazaar or more commonly Arughat through the upper reaches of Gorkha District. The trek partially circumnavigates beautiful Manaslu peak. The trekking area is relatively undeveloped as it used to require camping until recently. This is restricted area trekking route requires special entry immigration permit and minimum two trekkers. edit
- Tsum Valley Trek (3,700m), . About 12/13 days trek from Arughat through the remote villages approaching Tsum. This is newly opened restricted trekking route requires minimum two foreigners to apply for immigration permit. Lodges are available for basic accommodation during autumn and spring. edit
Local handicrafts, garments and locally grown oranges.
Simple local, western and chinese menu restaurant are available in Gorkha Bazaar and Manakamana. Local food stalls are available along the trekking route to Manaslu valley.
There is no restriction for any drink. Local wine, beer and "Raxi"(liquor)are available
Sleeping at the main Gorkha Bazaar is one option, but the better one
Manakamana has many budget lodges with facilities such as TV, telephone and attached bathroom.
- Hotel Bisauni, Gorkha Bazaar: Not really recommendable, this hotel should be renovated, its more than necessary. A lot of things, you pay for, are broken. So check the room while visiting with the guy from reception. Toilet broken, shower broken, tv broken, windows broken, thin matresses, loud cause you can not close the windows in all rooms. They charge for double and single rooms 700 rupees. For that what you get, its overpriced. you can find similar rooms in the whole village from 300 to 400 rupees.
Be also carefully with your bill when you check out and controll it. Its probably the only hotel in nepal, what charge you 10% service for the room. Good Wifi in Restaurant.
- Hotel Prince, Gorkha Bazaar, simple rooms, some with a nice view. Around 400 without bath.
- Hotel Old Capital, Gorkha Bazaar
- Hotel Gorkha Inn, Gorkha Bazaar, they have a nice garden. rooms are simple, like the most in gorkha or nepal, but overpriced. Rates around 6,000 Rs (May 2014) although you can probably take them down still further; the best option in town but really expensive. The restaurant is cheapish and has a varied menu.
- Hotel Cafe de Gorkha Chautari, Gorkha Satipipal: A really nice Hotel on a beautiful spot. It is not at the main Bazaar, little more up, around 10 to 15 min walking from the Main Bus Park. Taking a taxi to there is about 200-250Rps. It is a family run Hotel, with different rooms with different rates: From about 500 to 2500 Rps. All new equipped and clean..You have stunning views on the Manaslu range and on the Dharauti valley directly from your rooms. Also a camping ground, a rooftop and garden is available. Local food and delicious homemade Pizza are there to eat and real org. coffee to drink. From here you get the best walking way to the King´s Palace through jungle and ruins. The hotel has also a table tennis and a games room and offers you to rent a "Vespa Motor roller".
Go trekking to Pokhara or go to Kathmandu/Pokhara/Birjunj/Sonauli by bus/micro.
Micro bus to Kathmandu costs 300 Rupess and takes around 4 hours. They drive every hour, last is at 15 p.m. You can buy the ticket at the ticket counters in the bus.