Gorkha, January 5
A Nepal Army troop has begun trekking the trail that Prithvi Narayan Shah, the founder of modern Nepal, followed while unifying small principalities into one country.
The 40-member troop led by Captain Dal Bahadur Thapa started its journey from Hanuman Bhanjyang near the historic Gorkha Durbar in Gorkha, the home of Shah, on Tuesday. The trek is being organised on the occasion of National Unification Day or the birth anniversary of King Prithvi Narayan Shah, which is being marked on January 11.
Gorkha’s Chief District Officer Tirtha Raj Bhattarai, Gorkha Municipality Mayor Rajan Raj Panta and Nepal Army Regional Chief Binaya Bikram Rana handed over the torch and the flag to the team at a function today.
The team is expected to arrive in Kathmandu on January 11 and participate in a function organised at Singhadarbar of Kathmandu on the occasion.
Ujwal KC, the chief of the Ranasingh Dal Battalion, informs the troop will arrive at Bunkotghat near Gorkha-Dhading border and hand over the torch and the flag to the troop[ of Devidutta Batallion. The Dhading-based battalion will then treks its part before handing over the torch and the flag to the Jagarjung Battalion, which will travel to Kathmandu.
Some members of the troop are dressed in the uniform of Prithvi Narayan Shah’s army, according to KC.
The trek was organised last year also.