Hiking from Gorkha Bazar to Gorakh Nath Temple

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Theme: Revisiting the History – Part I ‘Tour De Gorkha Darbar’
Hiking Route: Gorkha Bazar – Gorkha Museum – Purano Durbar – Siddha Paila – Tallo Kot – Gorakh Nath Temple
Day: July 6, 2008, Sunday
Hike Coordinator: Manoj Rokka
Participants: Bimal Koirala,Sarjan Gautam,Bidha Rimal,Pallavi Sharma,Upasana Rai,Hitesh Karki,Subash Devkota,Biswa Shrestha,Sujan Gautam,Jeevan S. Basnet,Ganesh Thapa,Tilak Thapa,Rajiv Shrestha,Manoj Rokka
Caption: GaneshT
Report: Pallavi Sharma
Camera: SujanG,SubashD,ManojR
Creative Support: Dhilung/Dijup

The trip started with the usual congregation at the office premises. Some of us were in still in awe of the fact that we had finally got selected for the trip after contending with several others who had submitted their names.

We left the office premises at about 6:45 for Gorkha. The start of the journey was solemn with very few of the hikers talking to each other until we reached Kalanki and there was this joke about the “chwank” conductor which evoked a string of joke sessions thereafter. Rajiv was the recipient of some of the funniest comments of the entire trip. We stopped for “masu chiura” at Naubise before heading further.

We reached Gorkha earlier than expected. The hike started with the tour of the “Tallo Darbar” which was recently converted to a museum. The site was absolutely breathtaking. To our surprise, the museum was clean and well managed. The museum boasted a wide array of artifacts dating back to the days of Prithvi Narayan Shah and his descendants. There were cannons, rifles, arrows, spears, the traditional “panas”, “panche baja”, chaityas and other ancient relics. There were several paintings depicting the Shah Kings and their courtiers. Some of us posed in front of the throne of Prithvi Narayan Shah for photograph just to get the feel of the era and giggled all the way about it-only to find out later that actually all of us had posed in front of the throne. There was even a torso of Ram Shah at the museum- the King famous for being just to the public and we couldn’t help but say “hami nyaya pauna Gorkha ako”. On the rear of the palace some few meters below was a garden lush with greenery. The view of the garden from above was awesome. It was like standing on top of an outdoor amphitheatre and savoring the succulence around.

After the tour of the museum we headed for the Upallo Darbar and then the real accent began. Gorkha was hotter than Kathmandu. The scorching heat became unbearable at times and we wished there was some rain. After walking for a while, we stopped at Mahendra Pratap school. One of the teachers at the school told us that all the schools in the area were closed and the only students who were present at the school were of grades 8, 9 and 10. We met the headmaster of the school and Hitesh handed over the stationery that we had carried with ourselves to him to distribute among lower secondary children. The headmaster of the school apparently asked Hitesh dai if there were students among the hikers.

We left the school behind and headed towards the Tallo kot- lower fort and the Upallo darbar. Gradually the heat became unbearable and all the stock of water went dry. The heat seemed to be directly piercing through our heads. The journey was punctuated by sighs and jokes and the cameramen never stopped taking good pictures all the way. There were steps that eventually led to the Tallo kot but Bimal dai had other plans. Half way through he led the whole team through a scanty forest and finally reached the Tallo kot. Hunger-struck all the hikers devoured on the snack that was available and termed the snack as “nyaya”. After the snack break we headed up the steps towards the Upallo Darbar.On our way up to the Upallo Darbar, we practiced some rock climbing as well. Bidha was so scared of the climb she nearly called cried.

A few steps from the main entrance towards the right lay the famous Gorakhkali Temple. We stopped for a while offered some prayers although the temple was closed and the priest spoke to us in Hindi for no apparent reason at all. Hitesh dai punched Sujan with some humor saying “ailenai magihala jj magnucha” . Few steps above, high atop a hill, the Upallo darbar was one of a kind. Although the palace was closed, the view from the palace premises was breathtaking. There was a replica of Pashupatinath at the palace premises. Gorakhnath Temple lay few steps below the main entrance and it too was closed. Nevertheless we explored the area as much as possible. Paradoxically, on top of one of the windows of the palace hung a board which said “Democratic Republic of Nepal”. There were several stone encryptions to which Subhash referred as being the “SVN of the Kings”.

Adjoining the palace was a small cliff which we climbed atop and then took some rest. By the time we reached the cliff, we were so tired that none of us even bothered to pose for photographs. Bimal dai’s photographic mavericks were out of the ordinary-he made us pose for what seemed eternity before he actually clicked a photograph.

After resting for a while, we started the descent. When we reached our vehicle it was such a solace. We stopped for few minutes to fill ourselves with “chana chatpate” that was being sold. We headed to Malekhu for a late afternoon lunch. Some of us managed to enjoy brief siestas on our way to Malekhu. After lunch at 5 PM at Malekhu, we headed towards Kathmandu. Not to forget the shopping that The journey back home was fantastic. The game of “antakshari” was never so funny and so interesting at the same time. We stopped at sounds like “hummm, ummm ” and asked the other team to start a song from there on. Bimal dai kept adding on to the fun with some never-heard-before songs.

All in all a fantastic trip which helped us revisit history and get a glimpse of the past.

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First catch
01 First catch
Country road take me ...
02 Country road take me …
I wanna touch the sky
03 I wanna touch the sky
Silent Malekhu Bazaar on a hot mid day sun
04 Silent Malekhu Bazaar on a hot mid day sun
CNN goes green, Nepal comes green
05 CNN goes green, Nepal comes green
Dare you curtail me, I`ll treat u like a li`l dirty earthworm and swallow deep down
06 Dare you curtail me, I`ll treat u like a li`l dirty earthworm and swallow deep down
River_boolean algebra; Trishuli+Marshyangdi = Trishuli
07 River_boolean algebra; Trishuli+Marshyangdi = Trishuli
Kids strolling around Trishuli river
08 Kids strolling around Trishuli river
a hydro electricity project in the making
09 a hydro electricity project in the making
a regular scenic beauty
10 a regular scenic beauty
D2 Squad all set to explore
11 D2 Squad all set to explore
Capturing a moment of togetherness
12 Capturing a moment of togetherness
Temple of rameshower Mahadev & Panchain Vishnu
13 Temple of rameshower Mahadev & Panchain Vishnu
South side of Gorkha Museum
14 South side of Gorkha Museum
See what preservation can get you with
15 See what preservation can get you with
D2ians exploring the museum
16 D2ians exploring the museum
Mused over discovering  the history
17 Mused over discovering the history
Artilleries on 18th century
18 Artilleries on 18th century
Weaponries used then
19 Weaponries used then
PN Shah`s personal armaments
20 PN Shah`s personal armaments
Local armaments
21 Local armaments
Typical Nepali Musical instruments
22 Typical Nepali Musical instruments
Utensils used then
23 Utensils used then
Khadkulo
24 Khadkulo
Pathee, a unit & device of measurement
25 Pathee, a unit & device of measurement
Pathee in different shapes and sizes
26 Pathee in different shapes and sizes
Different styles of Oil Pot
27 Different styles of Oil Pot
Roche
28 Roche
Lichhavi Chaityaa from gorkha darbar
29 Lichhavi Chaityaa from gorkha darbar
Sample throne of P N Shah at Museum
30 Sample throne of P N Shah at Museum
P N Shah giving instruction to his soldier
31 P N Shah giving instruction to his soldier
Probably planning over conquering Kathmandu Valley
32 Probably planning over conquering Kathmandu Valley
P N Shah showing Nuwakot Darbar to his troops
33 P N Shah showing Nuwakot Darbar to his troops
Don`t you also feel like a snapshot here
34 Don`t you also feel like a snapshot here
Jeevan,Bidha,Pallavi & Upasana at Museum Window
35 Jeevan,Bidha,Pallavi & Upasana at Museum Window
Heart of the palace
36 Heart of the palace
This is where the Shah dynasty roots to
37 This is where the Shah dynasty roots to
Another Ram Shah
38 Another Ram Shah
Great combination
39 Great combination
Amazingly organized an art of work
40 Amazingly organized an art of work
Givin a glance back at the palace that we`d left behind
41 Givin a glance back at the palace that we`d left behind
And the description of tallo darbar, a museum now
42 And the description of tallo darbar, a museum now
Mapping Gorkha in figures and lines
43 Mapping Gorkha in figures and lines
D2 is always there for a good cause
44 D2 is always there for a good cause
Back to work after an applauding job
45 Back to work after an applauding job
Cha Cha Huieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
46 Cha Cha Huieeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
Bimal, is it shortness of breathe
47 Bimal, is it shortness of breathe
A moment in peace
48 A moment in peace
Tallo Kot
49 Tallo Kot
Go clean, prevent wastage
50 Go clean, prevent wastage
Lady on climbing mission
51 Lady on climbing mission
Lady on climbing mission   I
52 Lady on climbing mission I
Givin it a hard knock
53 Givin it a hard knock
And v for victory
54 And v for victory
Beautifully wild childhood
55 Beautifully wild childhood
Badalu ko ghumto le
56 Badalu ko ghumto le
Daraudi river
57 Daraudi river
A blonde goes brown
58 A blonde goes brown
Gift from mother nature
59 Gift from mother nature
Bimal impersonating Ram Shah
60 Bimal impersonating Ram Shah
Waiting for somebody from D2
61 Waiting for somebody from D2
Helipad, probably in a height of 1500m, amazing
62 Helipad, probably in a height of 1500m, amazing
Passing by helipad
63 Passing by helipad
Wondering around
64 Wondering around
South side of Gorkha Darbar
65 South side of Gorkha Darbar
Mulling over the majestic beauty of the palace
66 Mulling over the majestic beauty of the palace
Cannon with inscription mentioning the contribution of Chandrarup Shah during the reign of King Prithivipati Shah
67 Cannon with inscription mentioning the contribution of Chandrarup Shah during the reign of King Prithivipati Shah
Probably this is the palce where Nepal was conceived
68 Probably this is the palce where Nepal was conceived
temple
69 temple
Have you seen the pigeon with red color
70 Have you seen the pigeon with red color
Have you even seen this immense Chimta ever
71 Have you even seen this immense Chimta ever
Moment to cherish
72 Moment to cherish
Preserving these monuments will be a solid tribute to king PN Shah
73 Preserving these monuments will be a solid tribute to king PN Shah
North side of darbar
74 North side of darbar
Hope the black clouds aren`t signifying anything bad
75 Hope the black clouds aren`t signifying anything bad
Gorkha durbar goes misty at no time
76 Gorkha durbar goes misty at no time
Wall,Gorakhakali temple & Darbar
77 Wall,Gorakhakali temple & Darbar
Cave at shiddha paila
78 Cave at shiddha paila
Shiddha paila
79 Shiddha paila
Smile & the world smiles with you
80 Smile & the world smiles with you
I wanna fly
81 I wanna fly
Swara Villege  East Side of Darbar
82 Swara Villege East Side of Darbar
Returning back from shiddha paila
83 Returning back from shiddha paila
Raise your hands and say hello
84 Raise your hands and say hello
Antics   Sarjan & Tarjan
85 Antics Sarjan & Tarjan
Bidding adieus to Gorkha Darbar from gorkha bazaar
86 Bidding adieus to Gorkha Darbar from gorkha bazaar
Prithivi Pratap Shah & his residence
87 Prithivi Pratap Shah & his residence
Colors of nature
88 Colors of nature
Legends have it that these hills age back to the time when dinosours once existed
89 Legends have it that these hills age back to the time when dinosours once existed
Hiking from Gorkha Bazar to Gorakh Nath Temple was last modified: January 6th, 2015 by Administrator

Blog Comments

  1. RockClimbinFan

    Ladies on rock climing was greate, “Go clean, prevent wastage” was greater & focus on natural buity rather then D2 Beuty was greatest.

  2. Divided_Nepal

    Some of us want to see 15 different country inside Nepal so that we have 15 presidents and primeministers. It will then be easier for India to expand. Shame on those who do not respect solidarity and sovereignty of the country. They will lose. Nepal will remain united – hopefully we can annex part of India too.

  3. SupportedOfNepali

    Yes, you are right, Shame on those who even don’t want to take PN Shah’s name and consider them self Hero by throwing Stone at PN Shas’s statue. I don’t have to say anything about dirty politics but PN Shah, he is the man who dreams and had fortitude to follow it.

  4. Nepali Soul

    I take pride on our history. Our ancestors didn’t let anything fall short to save our sovereignty. I just wonder how PN Shah managed to deter the foreigners and at the same time, bring all the sprinkled Nepalese souls in sync. Today what I wonder is how large our Nepal would look, had PN Shah lived little longer? :???: :???:

  5. Vish

    However seriously wrong, awkward, sad, or bad our past may have been we can’t alter the way we were. We can only hope to learn from it. Let us keep doing and make us going.

    All the workings are appreciable. The captions take to signify the pictures more!

    Cheers to all.

  6. GanesT

    It was truly an amazing experience; digging out the root to Shah dynasty, visiting the mammoth palaces, learning about the then-used armaments, tools with full of artifacts, Gorakhnath foretelling and lots of them. And not to forget, the trip itself, with this bunch of fun-loving, humorous, spontaneous yet so vigilant people.

  7. NatureLover

    100% Agree with AshishP view. Yes We should have to continue this for another days to come. Greate Hikers

  8. euta kaudi

    12 Capturing a moment of togetherness
    I loved the caption. and picture as well. we’re all busy all time. it feels good to be together sometimes. they go to the memory lane

  9. Tilak

    “Khalashi ta chwank chha ni!”
    One of the passer-by passed this comment while we were waiting for Rajeev and Ganesh at Kalanki with our van’s door open. They had gone to buy some music CDs. And guess who was at the hot seat of ………..?

  10. AshishP

    I liked the “Go clean, prevent wastage” concept. Hope this will be followed in all the other hikes from now on. BTW nice photos.

  11. 1by0

    I had expected a lot more den wat you guys hav put here from such a woderful themed hike.
    Im disappointed jus like the way i was with ‘could-be-better’ pics from EBC. may be expectation kills.

    Mediocre photos, good captions but somewhere worthlessly struggling to decorate already bad picture. Writup flowed well but no juice inside in the end.

  12. ReplaceHikewithWalk

    Replcae Hike with Walk as I do not hike 1 hour daily to my office as i have no vehicle and money for micro/nep yatayat, but say i walk 2 hours daily. Guys Keep it up but put suitable words in place of Hike route and Hike..whatever.

  13. writeupnotnice

    when you reached Gorkha, you should have revisited startup Dravya Shah and his ego, fortunes, and the Milk river which separated the boundary with Narabhupal Shah. I also do not see the gorkhnath things in d etail who told the king after his 11 descendents, there will be end of shah dynasty. where is the flame picture that glows incessantly? You guys have not captured history of the king using thousands of animals’ tails burning to camoflouge to the enemy that he had 1000s of warriors. ALL details and quest, desire, and thirst for history turned into ashes.

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