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Gorkha Royal Palace in Nepal, Tourist Attractions

It was said, that if anyone was seeking justice, no ruler was as fair and just as the King of Gorkha. The Gorkha kingdom was established in the year 1560, by the legendary King Drabya Shah. From the year 1604 to 1641, the Shah dynasty would become famous and rule over Gorkha. Today, the reminders of this era stand proudly in the form of the Gorkha Royal Palace, the Gorkha Bazaar and Gorkha Durbar.

The Gorkha Royal Palace was the birthplace of Prithvi Naraya, who was
born in the central palace named Dhuni Pari. Prithvi Narayan Shah is known for
gathering his Gorkha soldiers and battling to unify all of Nepal by taking
control of the Kathmandu. After his amazing victory, in the 18th century,
Kathmandu became the capital of Nepal.

To tell someone that the Gorkha Palace is located in
the east side of the Gorkha Durbar would be deceiving. Most visitors are
more than awestruck when they look up at the palace on the hill and the
approximately one thousand seven hundred steps that lies between them and
palace. The climb to the Gorkha Palace might be challenging, but the view is
rewarding and the way down is a lot easier. Most of the palace remains the
same as in the days of Ram Shah, but kings and rulers that followed did
make a few minor changes during their reigns. Restoration work to this
beautiful sight in Nepal has kept the palace in excellent
condition, and although it is not always open to visitors, especially not
the second floor, much can be seen through the latticed windows. The
architectural style of the palace is known as Newari-style, and when peering
through the windows visitors will be able to see the throne of Prithvi
Narayan. Also visible is the “eternal flame” that has been burning for many
years, as it was lit straight after the uniting of Nepal, at the hands of
Prithvi Narayan. The detailed woodwork and spectacular carvings make the
Gorkha Palace a treasured piece of history and a popular sight in Nepal.

On clear days or early mornings, the view from the palace is just short
of a visual miracle of nature. The panoramic views of the rolling green
landscapes, snow capped Himalayas and the town below is spectacular. From
this vantage point visitors will be able to see the Goddess Gorakhkali
Temple, the Himalchuli Mountain, Manaslu Mountain, Annapurna and Ganesh. It
is a view and a moment in time that visitors are unlikely to forget.