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Tansen, Palpa Nepal

Tansen is a municipality, headquarters of the Palpa district and local market in Lumbini Province. This Newar town at 1372 m lies on slope hill, covers 24 Sq Km. land, 126 km (78 miles) west of Pokhara, 38 km northeast of Butwal. Tansen municipality has 32000 people of mixed communities Magar, Newar, Brahmin, and Chhetri. 

Tansen is the most beautiful place with panoramic views of Madi Valley and ranges of Kanjiroba, Annapurna, and Ganesh Himal. The town is famous for Magar culture, Newar lifestyle, temple, church, Palace, Palpali Dhaka (A hand-woven Dhaka used to make Nepali cap, kerchief, wallet, bodice, and bridegroom-dress), Water jug (Karuwa), a Wine jug, Newari cuisine (Hans ko Choila), tower, and Golf course. A Newar settlement with a slate street and Hindu temple is similar to Asan street in Kathmandu. The town's maximum temperatures remain 32°- 34° Celsius and minimum temperatures remain 7°- 8° Celsius. It has a bank, hotel, restaurant, school, shops, and internet access. The places to visit in Tansen, Palpa are below. 

Amar Narayan Temple 

Amar Narayan Temple was built by Amar Singh Thapa in 1806 AD. Three-tiered pagoda-style Hindu temple situated east of town with an erotic woodcarving of roof struts, a public waterspout, school nearby. 

Tansen Durbar (Palace)

Tansen Durbar (palace) was established by Pratap Shamsher Rana in 1927 AD. It has 65 rooms with beautiful architecture, a Large Wooden Gate in Nepal, calls Baggi Dhoka (Mul Dhoka). Unfortunately, it was destroyed in 2006 at the time of the Maoist war. It was rebuilt afterwards. A rest house near the big gate calls Sitalpati was built by Khadga Shamsher Rana in 1895.

Ranujireswori Bhagabati Temple

Ranujireswori Bhagabati Temple is a wish-fulfilling Goddess near the palace. It was renovated by Ujir Singh Thapa in 1815 with a promise. Mr Ujir Singh Thapa prayed Goddess to win the Anglo-Nepalese War (1814-1816). Nepalese Army defeated the British Army in the War. 

Srinagar Danda

Srinagar Danda at 1524 m is a beautiful hill station on a forested hill of pine that lies 1 kilometre northwest of Tansen Bazaar. There were 507 stairways to the hill station, which takes 30 minutes. The mountain panorama is stretching from west Dhaulagiri to east Ganesh Himal with Kali Gandaki valley with Terai Region. This place is famous for the sunrise view, picnic spots, golf course, few lodges, and Karuwa (traditional water jug) shaped view tower. 

Ridi Bazaar

Ridi Bazaar is 28 km far from Tansen Bazaar at a confluence of the Kali Gandaki and Ridi rivers. Narayan Temple is popular as the Benares of India for Hindu devotees. The statute of Narayan was found by Mukunda Sen during his ritual bath. Fossils can find on Kali Gandaki riverbanks. Two popular festivals, Maghe Sankranti celebrates in mid-January and Thulo Ekadashi celebrates in November.  

Rani Mahal

Rani Mahal also called Ranighat Palace translates to Queen's Palace, 13 km away from Tansen Bazar. The Mahal stands on a huge rock at the Kali Gandaki riverbank. Four-stored, 56 ft broad, 112ft tall palace was constructed with a fusion of European and neoclassical styles of architecture. The surrounding views are peaceful with a forest and the holy river. The Governor of Palpa, Khadga Shamsher JBR built the palace in 1893 in memory of his beloved wife Tej Kumari (died 1892 AD).  


Rambapani is a Newar town located 30 km away from Tansen Bazaar. It has a homestay and beautiful temples of God Ram and Goddess Sita.