Cha Thar Ghar

Introduction to Cha Thar Ghar

Cha Thar Ghar are the Six Original Aristocratic Houses of the Kingdom of Gorkha that held the Biggest Administrative Positions until and after the Unification of Nepal. They had hereditary Rights over the Powerful Administrative, Religious and Judicial Positions and dominated Nepalese Politics till the 19th Century.

The six families – Pande, Aryal, Pantha, Khanal, Rana Magar, and Bohara – were appointed to key positions by King Drabya Shah. They were prominent in Gorkha till the Unification by P.N. Shah and continued to exert influence in the United Palace Court of Nepal after the Unification of Nepal.

The Members of these families managed to Exert influence over Nepal till 1850 A.D.

Origin of Cha Thar Ghar

The Six Houses and Families That Belonged to Cha Thar Ghar are as follows:

  1. Pande
  2. Aryal
  3. Pantha
  4. Khanal
  5. Rana Magar
  6. Bohara

Initially, Drabya Shah had appointed Six Houses to the Top Administrative Posts of the Kingdom of Gorkha. He appointed the courtiers that had helped him defeat the Khadka King that ruled Gorkha before him.

Ganesh Pande was provided the post of Kaji. Narayan Aryal was granted the honor of being Rajguru. Sarveshwor Khanal was made Rajpurohit. Bhagirath Pantha was made the Commander-In-Chief of the Gorkha Army.

Also, Keshav Bohara had been provided the responsibility to regulate Lands and Land Revenue. Finally, Gangaram Rana Magar was made the Chief of the Administration of Justice.

The Most Powerful Clan among the Six is the Pande Clan. Men Like Ganesh Pande, Kalu Pande, Damodar Pande, Bansaraj Pande, etc. dominated the Nepalese Political Landscape for decades.


The Char Thar Ghar were the Aristocrats of Pre and post-unification Nepal. They were conferred Hereditary Rights by the Kings of Gorkha. Kalu Pande, Bansaraj Pande, Damodar Pande etc. belong to this Aristocratic Family Group.


Pokhrel, A. (2023). Cha Thar Ghar – Itihasaa. Encyclopedia of Nepali History.