Palpa district lies in Province No.5 in Lumbini zone with Tansen municipality as it headquarters. Palpa was the seat of the Sen kingdom that ruled over this region from 16th century for almost 300 years. It is a beautiful hill station in the western part of Nepal. It lies between Pokhara and Lumbini and is only 65km from Sunauli an Indian border. Tansen is perched on the lap of the spectacular Srinagar Hill which commands a gorgeous panorama of the Himalayas as well as the plains of Terai. It is located at an elevation of 1310m and is a pleasant place to visit during any season of the year. Karuwa- a water jug made of bronze, typical Nepali cap and shawl made of Dhaka textile are legendary souvenirs from Tansen. Tansen is famous for various kinds of handicrafts, textile, organic coffee and also for Ginger. The percentage of the Magar and Newar population in this district is high. Other inhabitants living here are the Brahmin, Chhetri, Bhojpuri, Tharu, Gurung, Tamang, and Limbu.
Places to visit in Palpa
Tansen Bazzar is one of the Nepal’s most interesting and charming bazzar. Its climate and natural beauty, its history and architecture, the traditional wooden Newari houses with their intricately carved windows with the narrow roads and also mix of Nepali people cannot help but remind the visitor of Kathmandu valley. We can see the majestic view of mountain form Srinagar Hill, explore the fascinating history of Tansen, visit tansen durbar, temple, and staying in one of the comfortable and hospitable community homestay.
One of the nice short walks is the one hour stroll up Shreenagar Danda which is 1492m high hill. This wonderful hill offers the magnificent panoramic view. It is covered with dense pine woods that add to its beauty. The forest comes to life in the rhododendron blooming season i.e. spring turning all of the forest into red. Besides the hill it is also the best place for viewing the sunrise and sunset. It also offers a majestic view of the Himalayas.
Rani Mahal also known as Taj Mahal of Nepal was built as the symbol of love for the beloved late wife of General Khadga Shumsher Jung Bahadur Rana. The Mahal was built in the 19th century at the banks of the Kali Gandaki river. It is situated at the distance of 13km from Tansen which looks attractive sitting on a massive rock at a secluded and a quiet place. The palace took 5 years to be completed as every piece of the architecture was detailed. It has dozens of rooms, beautiful ponds, a temple, wonderful garden surrounding the area. The palace was built on the edge of the jungle, So the jungle was also named as Rani Ban. The river also has a religious importance as it is believed that touching the water of the river provides salvation to any sinners. Rani Mahal is a jewel of Palpa and a true epitome of love that looks magical.
Rambha Devi Mandir
It is located in Tahu Palpa. Tahu village is 32km east from Tansen. Annual festival is held On Krishnasatami and people from different places visit here to worship the Goddess.