KUKRI HISTORY & HERITAGE.
BRIEF NOTES ON
GORKHALI / GURKHA / GORKHA
Gorkhalis in 1814-15, painted by JB Fraser, brother of William Fraser of the British East India Company, during or prior to the Anglo-Gorkha War.
Left: A soldier of the Nepalese Army in Ceremonial "Old" Gorkhali uniform at the Kathmandu Durbar Square.
Middle: My grandfather Col. Tek Bahadur Kunwor (retired late 1960´s) wearing the Khukuri in traditional way on his "patuka" belt.
Right: A Gurkha soldier of the colonial era British-Indian Army, probably early 1900´s.
PART B. The National Museum of Nepal,
1. The Making of Nepal (mid 16th to 18th century).
2. The Kingdom of Gorkha (18th century).
3. The Anglo-Gorkha War (19th century).
4. The Thapa & Rana Era (19th century).
5. The Shumsher Rana Era (19th to 20th century).
The second part "B" highlights the National Museum of Nepal in Kathmandu and its vast collection of Arms & Armour as used over the past centuries in the hills of Nepal and further. We find out more about the collection and particularly that which is related to the Khukuri/Kukri knife and some of the leading officers and makers of Nepal, the land of the Gorkhalis, Gurkhas and Gorkhas.
Note to remember to Wikidepia is that it is not the most reliable source of information and for more exact and full information various books and articles should be consulted. If you need recommendations on books to read, please send us a message and we will gladly help. When we are not making Kukris and various blades we are often reading and researching more of the heritage.
The story of history and heritage of the Gorkhali - Gurkha - Gorkha would not be complete without all three, hailing from Nepal.
Battles in the process of Nepal´s unification, 18th and 19th century.
Battles towards the
conquest of Kathmandu,
1743 - 1768.
Battles to secure the Kathmandu Valley and expansion of the Gorkha Kingdom, 1769-1809.
Left: Map of Nepal but titled "NEPAUL" as it often was often called in the 19th century if not "NIPAL" along with the Gorkha Kingdom.
Above: One of the earliest postal stamp styles of Nepal/Gorkha Kingdom.
Battles to secure the borders of the Gorkha Kingdom & National Importance for Sovereignity.