History : Gorkha Recruiting Depot, Kunraghat

History, Kunraghat

  1. Gorkha Recruiting Depot (GRD), Kunraghat is located in Gorakhpur. The present location was chosen due to its close proximity to the Indo-Nepal Border and also being the nodal point of all roads leading to the hilly districts of Central and Western Nepal. Gorakhpur is conveniently located on the main NER Broad Gauge Lucknow - Assam line.
  2. Gorkha Recruiting Depot (GRD), Kunraghat is the oldest establishment of its kind in Indian Army. This station came into being as Gorkha Recruiting Depot (GRD), in the year 1886. The prime task of Gorkha Recruiting Depot, Kunraghat is to conduct recruitment of Nepal domiciled Gorkhas (NDGs) from the Central & Western Nepal into the Indian Army. Based on the experience gained from Gorkha Recruiting Depot (GRD), Kunraghat, the Britishers expanded their recruitment drive to other Regiments and regions in India. In 1890, Gorkha Recruiting Depot was also established at Ghoom (Darjeeling) for recruitment of Nepalese Gorkhas from the Eastern Nepal and also for recruitment of Indian Gorkhas from Darjeeling District of West Bengal.
  3. Prior to this, the British had five Gorkha Regiments of a battalion each. However, there was no formal recruitment for Gorkhas from Nepal. As no treaty existed with Nepal on the subject of recruitment of Nepalese into the British Regiments, the latter enrolled NDGs by sending recruiting teams into the hills to bring potential recruits to the Regiment Head Quarters. When Maharaja Bir Shamsher became the King of Nepal in 1886, the relations between the British in India and Nepalese authorities improved. Consequently, the Nepalese regime permitted the recruitment of Gorkhas into British Army from their country. During the First World War, over two lakh Gorkhas were enrolled into the British Army.
  4. This Depot is now spread over an area of 104 acres and has grown from strength to strength over the years. Gorkha soldiers are proud of its rich heritage and rightfully consider this Recruiting Depot as their "Mecca”, since it has served their cause for generations.

CIV POSTAL ADDRESS WITH PIN CODE IN ENGLISH
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CIV POSTAL ADDRESS

Gorkha Bharti Depot
Gorkha Recruiting Depot
Kunraghat, Gorkhpur (UP)
PIN : 273008

GRD Ghoom Tele No : 0354-22571751

GRD Kunrahat Tele No : 0551-2271751
E-MAIL : pashupati.6400@nic.in
E-MAIL : screening@nic.in
Tele Mil : 461154

ARMY POSTAL ADDRESS

Gorkha Bharti Depot
Gorkha Recruiting Depot
PIN-901108
c/o 56 APO
Tele No : 0551-2271751
Tele Mil : 461154

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