Looks like our volunteers from Norway, Kirsten & Taliah have both immersed themselves in village life. A lengthy telephone call to Taliah revealed that Kirsten is away with her host family (the local family she is staying with) attending a wedding in Trishuli Bazaar. We believe she is having a great time at the wedding wearing a ‘sari’ and dancing to the wedding band’s tunes. According to Taliah, Kirsten will be gone for at least 4-5 days as she will be attending all the ceremonies. So while we wait for Kirsten to fill us up on her ‘Nepali wedding experience’, Taliah confided that she is busy exploring the village- walking around , getting acquainted with the villagers and the NGO workers. She said that she has become pretty familiar with the school teachers and students at the Nuwakot Village school.
Nuwakot Palace or Saat-Taale-Durbar, built by King Prithvi Narayan Shah, of the Shah dynasty will shortly be opened for public as a museum. According to historians the palace was built between 1818 and 1825 BS, after Shah invaded Nuwakot.Plans to capture Kathmandu were made in this very palace. The sprawling building is over 46.6 feet in length and 38.4 feet in width with spacious halls and beautifully designed bedrooms. Representing a vintage tradition, it exhibits maximum use of wood and bricks. The outer layer and façade of the palace are decorated with traditional windows and artifacts similar to those found in the Malla era palaces. Shah, according to historians, had called in masons from Kathmandu to give shape to his designs. The Department of Archaeology is currently renovating the seven storied palace. Shah´s beddings and furnishings, kept at Hanumandhoka Palace, where he spent the later part of his life as a ruler of newly united Nepal with Kathmandu as the capital, are among many things to be dispatched to Nuwakot.
Located just 75 km from Kathmandu, Nuwakot is one of the most central settlement in Nepal.One of the seventy- five districts in Nepal, the town has a rich history. King Prithvi Narayan Shah’s campaign for the unification of Nepal in 1744 AD began with the union of Nuwakot, which lies between Kathmandu and Gorkha.
Places of interest in Nuwakot include heritage sites like the Saat Taale Durbar, Nuwakot Bhairabee Temple and Jalpadevi Temple. The main centers of trade and commerce in the district are at Batar, Trishuli, Nuwakot, Khairinitar.