Rasuwa Fort

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Rasuwa Fort
रसुवागढी
Rasuwa Fort 01.JPG
Rasuwa Fort in the foreground, Chinese customs building in the background
Alternate name Rasuwa Gadhi
Location Rasuwa District, Nepal
Coordinates 28°16′40″N 85°22′40″E / 28.2778°N 85.3778°E / 28.2778; 85.3778Coordinates: 28°16′40″N 85°22′40″E / 28.2778°N 85.3778°E / 28.2778; 85.3778
History
Founded 1855 AD
(Nepal Sambat 1912)
Periods Rana dynasty

Rasuwa Fort or Rasuwa Gadhi (Nepali: रसुवागढी) is a historical fort ruin in the Rasuwa District of Nepal near the border with Tibet, China. It is located along the Trishuli River 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) north of the Nepalese town of Timure in Langtang National Park.

A trekking permit obtained in Kathmandu will allow tourists to visit the border, but not to cross the bridge into Tibet.

History[edit]

The area was the site of a three-day battle during the second campaign of Sino-Nepalese War in 1792.[1] In 1855 during the Rana dynasty when Jung Bahadur Rana invaded Qing-ruled Tibet in Nepalese–Tibetan War, the fort was constructed on the site.[2][1]

In 2012, Nepal and China agreed to open new border crossings, Rasuwagadhi site being one of the crossings.[3] The fort was damaged during the construction of border crossing in 2013.[4] In December 2014, the port of entry was opened near the fort.[5] This route between China (via Gyirong Town / Kyirong on the Chinese side) and Nepal was considered to be more reliable than the crossing through ZhangmuKodari.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Cowan, Sam (Fall 2013). "All Change at Rasuwa Garhi". Himalaya, the Journal of the Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies. 33 (No. 1 , Article 14.). Retrieved 2017-02-13. 
  2. ^ Lim, Francis Khek Gee (2008). "Imagining the Good Life: Negotiating Culture and Development in Nepal Himalaya". Brill. Retrieved 2017-02-13. 
  3. ^ "中华人民共和国政府和尼泊尔政府关于边境口岸及其管理制度的协定" [China-Nepal Agreement on Port of Entry] (in Chinese). Chinese Embassy in Nepal. 2012-01-14. Retrieved 2017-02-10. 热索瓦根底 
  4. ^ Shakya, Bikram (July 25, 2013). "Rasuwagadhi fort falling apart". newsbikram.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2017-02-13. 
  5. ^ Murton, Galen (March 2016). "A Himalayan Border Trilogy: The Political Economies of Transport Infrastructure and Disaster Relief between China and Nepal". Cross-Currents E-Journal. ISSN 2158-9674. Retrieved 2017-02-09. 
  6. ^ "Rasuwa-Kerung road spells new heights in trade - Timure". Timure. Retrieved 2017-02-13.