If you’ve travelled to Nepal recently or are hoping to visit you will probably spend some time in Kathmandu and visit one or both of two other cities in the Valley. Most tourists do, but apart from marvelling at the architecture very few know any of the history of them or of the founding of modern day Nepal so here’s a bit of guidance from my non guide book, An Englishman in Nepal!
“Once upon a time there were three small kingdoms called Kantipur, Lalitpur, and Bhaktapur, but you probably know them better by their modern day names of Kathmandu, Patan, and of course Bhaktapur. There were many other city states in the country now called Nepal including Kirtipur, Nuwakot and …… Gorkha, and it was from this latter state that King Prithvi Narayan Shah set out to conquer them all, finally achieving his aim in 1768 and creating the extended Kingdom of Gorkha. If you are wondering about the name “Gorkha”, you’d be correct in recognising it as the origin of the Gurkha warriors or soldiers in today’s British army.”
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