Indian Army Gorkha Rifles Militaria.
The Indian Army´s Gorkha Rifles originate in the former British Indian Army and traces its history back to the days of the Honourable British East India Company and the Anglo-Nepal War of 1814-1816.
When India gained her Independence in 1947 she kept six (6) of the then existing Gurkha Rifles regiments, while Britain kept four (4). A Tripartite Agreement between Nepal, India and Great Britain regulate the conditions of Gurkha/ Gorkha service today.
The regiments that went for the Indian Army changed the spelling from "GURKHA" to "GORKHA" and continued the proud tradition of being Elite Regiments.
Similar to the colonial days the Gorkha Regiments have produced some of the finest soldiers of the Indian Army and maintains a excellent battle record. A rich tradition bound by its 200 year history of soldiering a unique "KAIDA" makes the Gorkha regiments very special! As General Sir Francis Tuker said "Serve with a Regiment of the Gurkhas, you will return and enlightened man from the experience."
Even before the British had raised the first Gurkha Battalions in 1815, the Sikh Maharajah Runjet Singh had raised a battalion of Gorkhalis, in Nepali called "Lahure." The word meaning those who went/served to/in Lahore, the capital of the Maharajah and implies soldiers from Nepal who took up service in the Maharajahs Army. Even today those that serve in the British Gurkhas and Indian Gorkhas are known in Nepali as LAHURE.
My great grandfathers great grandfather, Captain Balbhadra Kunwor, the Commander of the Nalapani /Kalinga Fort, outside Dehradun, the first main battle of the Anglo-Nepal War in 1814, joined the Maharajah´s Army after fighting the British. Since then many family members have or serve in the Nepal Army, Indian Gorkhas or British Gurkhas. 200 years later I see it as my duty to not forget history and honour our past. As a collector and researcher I maintain a small collection of Indian Gorkha Rifles Military besides my main interest in Himalayan Arms & Armour, specially the Kukri knife.
The 1st Gorkha Rifles and 3rd Gorkha Rifles for example were raised 1815 following the Anglo-Nepal War of 1814-1816. Together with the former 2nd King Edward´s Own Gurkha Rifles, these three regiments are the oldest Gurkha regiments of the British and Indian Army. Over the past 200 years they fought from mountains to deserts, minor frontier battles to the Great War´s various campaign theatres throughout the world. The War cry of the Gorkhas "Ayo Gorkhali" has been shouted on enemies from the jungles of the Chindits to El-Almein, from Delhi to Flanders, Gallipoli to Annapurna.
The Indian Army Gorkha Rifles Regiments Militaria provides a fascinating study of these regiments and now allows the collector, researcher and others to be able to purchase items from these regiments. All items unless otherwise noted are current issue and handpicked at various Army shops in India and Nepal, from Kathmandu to Bombay, Dehradun to Darjeeling.
Please explore further and if there is anything in particular you may be looking for please feel free to send us a Email.
Those familiar with Gurkha Antiques already perhaps know that the main aim of the site is the love of history in regards to the Gurkhas/Gorkhas. Yet funds are needed to continue research and from each item at least 10% is donated to charity organisations working with the Gurkhas / Gorkhas, the rest to finance research. I aim to in the future establish a Museum and currently working on a book about the Khukuri / Kukri / Khukri knife of the Gurkhas/Gorkhas.
As the wise old Babaji outside Almora said " Money come, money go, History and Heritage remain."
Thus I put my hands together and say Dhanyevat and Thank You for taking the time to learn and explore further, perhaps you find something you want to buy, perhaps not, most importantly together we have created Awareness!