Nepal's early history is shrouded in myth and legend. Separating fact from fantasy is almost impossible as very few written records have survived the successive dynasties that have reigned over this incredibly diverse Himlayan kingdom. This section of the Ayo Gorkhali Timeline traces the development of Nepal from the time of the Kiratis almost a thousand years BCE (Before the Common Era or 'BC'), when the mountain kingdom did not extend much further than the Kathmandu Valley, through the invasions and expansion under the Lichhavi, Thakuri and Malla dynasties, until the time of the British arrival in India in the 17th Century CE (Common Era or 'AD'). This section of the Timeline is no more than a very basic summary of a fascinating and truly epic period in Nepali - and global - history.
Using the Timeline
You can explore the Ayo Gorkhali Timeline using the interactive version above or - if you do not have Adobe Flash Player installed in your browser - you can use the Era menu to the right of this introduction or the Timeline Menu at the bottom of the page. Please note that the Flash version of the Timeline has additional entries not available via the Era menus.
Many of the Timeline entries contain references to the online sources we have used in our research. You will find links in the Timeline information and, in some places, in the separate external links panels, so that you can follow up on points of interest. We realise that we have left out alot of historical events and characters, so please leave comments on the Timeline entry pages if there are important people, events or facts you think we should include. We will be developing and improving the Timeline over time, so if you would like to be kept up to date with what is happening on the site, please either register or join our newsletter mailing list. Alternatively you can post your comments here, on our Facebook page or to our Twitter feed.
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