Gorkha Municipality

Gorkha (Nepali: गोरखा, formerly known as Prithbinarayan Municipality) is a municipality in Gorkha District in Gandaki Province of Nepal created in 1996[citation needed]. It was initially named "Prithibinarayan" after King Prithvi Narayan Shah, who was born in Gorkha and united and founded modern Nepal.[1] In 2009, the name was changed to "Gorkha" municipality after the end of the monarchy in Nepal.[citation needed] At the time of the 2021 Nepal census it had a population of 53,285 people living in 12,641 individual households.[2] In 2014, the neighboring Village development committees Nareshwar and Phinam were merged into the municipality.

Gorkha Municipality
Gorkha Bazar
Gorkha Bazar
The seal features Prithvi Narayan Shah in the foreground with the outline Gorkha Palace in the background. There is also a balance scale near the outline of palace representing equality. The seal is surrounded by flag of Nepal in the top, two rhododendron flower on each side of the flag and a laurel on the left and right side. A red ribbon with the words Gorkha Municipality, Nepal in Nepali language is at the bottom.
Gorkha is located in Gandaki Province
Location in Nepal
Gorkha is located in Nepal
Gorkha (Nepal)
Coordinates: 28°0′0″N 84°38′0″E / 28.00000°N 84.63333°E / 28.00000; 84.63333Coordinates: 28°0′0″N 84°38′0″E / 28.00000°N 84.63333°E / 28.00000; 84.63333
Country   Nepal
ProvinceGandaki Province
DistrictGorkha District
 • MayorKrishna Rana Magar
 • Deputy MayorMasali Maya Thokar
Highest elevation
1,522 m (4,993 ft)
Lowest elevation
328 m (1,076 ft)
 • Total53,285
Time zoneUTC+5:45 (NST)
Postal code
Area code064

The old royal palace (Gorkha Durbar), Gorakhnath and Kalika (temple of the goddess Kali) are the main attractions. The Royal Palace itself was destroyed in the 2015 earthquake. However the Gorakhnath shrine and Kalika temple are open with no entrance charges.[3] The lower palace (Tallo Durbar) and a modern park are other major attractions. It is also the starting point of the Manasalu Himal (Mount Manasalu) and Mount Ganesh trekking route. Gorkha Hospital is the hospital and Drabya Saha Multiple Campus and Gorkha Education Campus are the two campuses serving the population.[citation needed]


At the time of the 2011 Nepal census, Gorkha Municipality had a population of 50,684. Of these, 85.8% spoke Nepali, 3.4% Gurung, 2.9% Urdu, 2.0% Magar, 1.6% Kumhali, 1.5% Tamang, 0.8% Bhojpuri, 0.8% Newar, 0.3% Ghale, 0.2% Hindi, 0.1% Maithili, 0.1% Rai, 0.1% Tharu and 0.1% other languages as their first language.[4]

In terms of ethnicity/caste, 21.1% were Chhetri, 15.5% Magar, 12.8% Hill Brahmin, 10.1% Sarki, 8.8% Newar, 6.8% Gurung, 5.8% Kami, 4.7% Kumal, 3.2% Musalman, 2.7% Damai/Dholi, 2.4% Tamang, 1.4% Sanyasi/Dasnami, 0.8% Gharti/Bhujel, 0.7% Thakuri, 0.6% Darai, 0.5% Ghale, 0.3% Brahmu/Barahmo, 0.2% Badi, 0.2% Gaine, 0.2% Nuniya, 0.2% Tharu, 0.1% other Dalit, 0.1% Koiri/Kushwaha, 0.1% Limbu, 0.1% Majhi, 0.1% Rai, 0.1% Teli and 0.3% others.[5]

In terms of religion, 87.8% were Hindu, 4.5% Christian, 4.4% Buddhist, 3.1% Muslim and 0.1% others.[6]

In terms of literacy, 76.1% could both read and write, 1.9% could read but not write and 22.0% could neither read nor write.[7]


To promote local culture Gorkha has three Community radio stations, Radio Manaslu - 103.9 MHz, Radio Gorkha - 92.8 MHz and Radio Deurali F.M - 106.4 MHz.


Palungtar Airport, also known a Gorkha Airport, is an out of service airport that lies in the neighboring Palungtar Municipality. Gorkha is road accessible from all parts of Nepal. Gorkha has direct bus service from Kathmandu, Pokhara, Chitwan [8]


  1. ^ Major Tourism Sites in Nepal
  2. ^ "National Population and Housing Census 2021". Census Nepal. Central Bureau of Statistics. January 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ "Gorkha Durbar Guide". The Longest Way Home. 26 September 2019. Retrieved 15 October 2019.
  4. ^ NepalMap Language [1]
  5. ^ NepalMap Caste [2]
  6. ^ NepalMap Religion [3]
  7. ^ NepalMap Literacy [4]
  8. ^ "Tikapur Airport" (PDF). Civil Aviation authority of Nepal. Retrieved 1 May 2018.