Nuwakot is a very small town in Nepal but with great wonders and historical importance which moulded the Nepalese history. For it is here that the Great King Prithvi Narayan Shah set out in 1750 to unify Nepal which at that time was dotted with tiny kingdoms. Nuwakot is a topographical wonder with extreme variation in its vertical limits, like it is just 450m above sea level at the banks of river Trishuli but reaches up to staggering 5144m above sea level at other place. There are nine forts scattered over the Nuwakot region, hence it is also called ‘Nawakotta’, which means nine forts. It is about 75 km from Kathmandu and is a major toursits attraction for people visiting Nepal. This beautiful place can be reached within 3-4 hours by road from Kathmandu. The region has historical variety ranging from temples, statues and stupas or pillars to paintings and ornaments of ancient times. The cultural traditions which were practiced during those long times are still in vogue here, which amuses the tourists all the more.
The Nuwakot Palace is a magnificent historical structure that has being in existence in this hilly region with its splendor since ancient times. The palace stands on a garden compound with temples and other buildings surrounding it. The place is very clean and immaculately kept.
Among the many architectures ‘Saat Tale Darbar’ or the seven storey palace is another talked about palace here, the magnetism of whose attract many tourists.. It was built by Prithvi Narayan Shah, the first king of unified Nepal, in 1762. We can also visit the turret room on the roof. It also gets its prominence from the fact that King Rana Bahadur Shah met Mr. William Kirkpatric, a British representative here after the war between Nepal and China ended.
Then, nearby is Rangamahal palace, it’s uniqueness being that is it made of oily bricks and was the recreation ground for the Malla Kings who came here for relaxation. There are many cultural activities practiced here which have their origin traced back to the Malla period, and tourists love to get aquainted with them.