Gorkha District

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Gorkha District

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Gorkha museum in Gorkha
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Location of Gorkha (dark yellow) in Gandaki Province
Country Nepal
Province Gandaki Province
Established12th century
  Type Coordination committee
  Body DCC, Gorkha
  Total3,610 km2 (1,390 sq mi)
  Density75/km2 (200/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+05:45 (NPT)
Telephone Code064
Main Language(s) Nepali, Ghale, Gurung, Magar, Newari, Miya

Gorkha District (Nepali : गोरखा जिल्ला Loudspeaker.svg Listen  ), a part of Gandaki Province, is one of the 77 districts of Nepal, which is the fourth largest district (by area) of Nepal and connected historically with the creation of the modern Nepal and the name of the legendary Gurkha soldiers. The district, with Gorkha Municipality (previously known as Prithivi Narayan Nagarpalika) as its district headquarters, covers an area of 3,610 km2 (1,390 sq mi) and has a population of 271,061 according to the 2011 Census of Nepal. [1] Gorkha district is the site of the Manakamana Temple. [2] The temples of Gorakh Nath and Gorakh Kali are found in the district. Several major rivers—the Chepe, Daraudi, Marsyangdi, Budi Gandaki, and Trishuli—run through the district.



There are two legends associated with naming of "Gorkha":

Geography and climate

Climate Zone [3] Elevation Range% of Area
Lower Tropical below 300 meters (1,000 ft)0.1%
Upper Tropical300 to 1,000 meters
1,000 to 3,300 ft.
Subtropical 1,000 to 2,000 meters
3,300 to 6,600 ft.
Temperate 2,000 to 3,000 meters
6,400 to 9,800 ft.
Subalpine 3,000 to 4,000 meters
9,800 to 13,100 ft.
Alpine 4,000 to 5,000 meters
13,100 to 16,400 ft.
Nival above 5,000 meters11.5%
Trans-Himalayan [4]


3,000 to 6,400 meters
9,800 to 21,000 ft.



Gorkha town has daily bus services to and from Kathmandu (six hours) and Pokhara (three hours). [6]


At the time of the 2011 Nepal census, Gorkha District had a population of 271,061. Of these, 72.9% spoke Nepali, 13.3% Gurung, 4.7% Magar, 3.9% Tamang, 1.1% Ghale, 2.6% Urdu, 0.7% Newari, 2.6% Miya 0.6% Kumal, 0.6% Chepang, and 0.5% Bajjika as their first language. Chhetri&Brahmin are largest indigenous group in this region. Brahmin surnames such as Pandey, Koirala, Acharya, Bhattarai, Kattel, Khanal etc. and Chhetri surnames such as Khadka, Thapa, Shah, Basnet, Malla etc. are mostly found in Gorkha.

24.7% of the population in the district spoke Nepali, 0.8% Gurung and 0.5% Magar as their second language. [7]

Health care

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Surgeons in Amppipal

Following is the data obtained from the PHASE Nepal website:

A district hospital is in Gorkha, the municipal hospital in Amppipal is supported by a German NGO.

The small health centers in many village development committees (VDCs) are without Auxiliary Health Workers (AHWs), Auxiliary Nurse Midwives (ANMs) and Community Health Workers (CHWs). So, people seeking emergency health assistance have to travel a long distance to the district headquarters or Kathmandu or end up dying because of lack of treatment. Many people still believe in Dhami and Jhakri and are against taking medicine or going to the hospital for the treatment. An NGO, PHASE Nepal provides many health care facilities and training programs to three VDCs: Sirdibas, Bihi/Prok and Chumchet. Many people residing in these VDCs have benefited from the program. [8]

Educational status

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Gorkha students after earthquake

As per the National Population and Housing Census of Nepal 2011, the literacy rate of Gorkha is 66.34%. The female literacy rate is 59.44% and the male literacy rate is 75.09%.


The district consists of 11 Municipalities, out of which two are urban municipalities and nine are rural municipalities. These are as follows: [9]

Former Village Development Committees

Prior to the restructuring of the district, Gorkha District consisted of the following municipalities and Village development committees:

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Gorkha district with VDCs

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Coordinates: 28°17′24″N84°41′23″E / 28.289976°N 84.68975°E / 28.289976; 84.68975