Gurkha Memorial

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For weary travellers in Nepal this stone stucture - a chautara - has offered welcome relief along the main routes in the foothills for centuries. The stepped design allows Nepalese baskets called dhokas to be lifted with ease. The dhoka is shaped like a backpack and carried like one.

Often a chautara is built in memory of a loved one. This one is dedicated to Sir Horaces Kadoorie, 1902 - 1995, who supported the native Gurkha homeland. It displays regimental badges from the 12 gurkha regiments.

Traditionally chautaras feature a Banyan and Papul tree for their religious significance. Because they are not hardy in England, there are two Acer sterculiaceum in their place.

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