Hill station of west
The picturesque hill town of
Tansen lies on the lap of the well-known Shrinagar Hills. Headquarters of the
Palpa district, Tansen is also the hub of cultural renaissance. It falls on the
way to Pokhara in Siddhartha Highway. The charming natural setting combines with
its rich cultural heritage to give visitors a wholesome holiday.
Tansen also offers
enchanting walks leading to interesting sites, whether it is a day of travels
around shrinagar Hills or few-days back packing along River Kaligandaki. In
addition Tansen qualifies as a pilgrim's choice, given its several Hindu
Palpa was the seat of the
seen kingdom that ruled over this region from 16th century for almost 300 years,
which gives it a historical touch. A special of the region is the much popular
Palpali Dhaka, weaved here.
There are many places
around Tansen, which are quite interesting for visitors in terms of scenary and
historical importance. Shrinagar Hill provides excellent views of the Himalayas
Annapurna, Dhaulagiri range and the surround valley. Tansen Bazaar to the summit
of Shrinager Hill is a short, pleasant hike across forest and passing through
several Hindu sites.
Ranighat is adorned by a
marvelous building on the bank of River Kaligandki, built by the-then Rana
governor of Palpa, Khadga Shumsher, in memory of his wife Tej Kumari. The
7-kilometer trail from Tansen to Ranighat is a stead slope passing through a
narrow gorge. There are bird watching and fishing opportunities on the trekking
trail from Tansen to Ranight.
River Kaligandaki, one of
the main tributaries of Gandaki, is regarded sacred by Hindus. The fountainhead
of kaligandaki is at Muktinath in Jomsom. From Muktinath it flows southwards
creating the deepest gorge in the world between the two-world famous mountain
peaks Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. Tourists can boat, raft in the river or trek
along the shore enjoying beautiful landscapes.
There are several holy and
historical sites on the well-known Ranighat. Other popular sites to visit are:
Ridi, Ramdighat and Achammeshor - where a deep gorge cut by River Kali Gandaki
separates Gulmi and Syangja district.
Madan Pokhara is a highly
prosperous village is also culturally rich and has many temples that pilgrams
can visit. The popular temples are Kalanki Devi, Devisthan and Mandabya. Madan
Pokhara is linked to Siddhartha Highway.
Tanahu is another
attractive village with mixed culture and beautiful natural surroundings of
mountains, forests and farmland. One can also see beautiful views of mountain
Arghali is considered the
Banares of Nepal and it is where Rana Prime Minister Juddha Shumsher spent the
last days of his life. The remains of the palace can still be seen in Arghali.
Other nearby places to visit is Rishikesh, Gayatri and Devisthan, the popular
temples of Arghali.
Satyawati Lake, at 1,400
meters takes its name from Goddess Satyawatifrom the Hindu mythology and is a
popular pilgrimage site in the area. One can enjoy beautiful viesws of Himalayan
on the way to the lake. The trek starts at Siddhartha Highway, about 19
kilometers from Tansen, from where it takes about 2 hour trek uphill to
reach Lake Satyawati.
Chalangdi, a typical Magar
village offers cultural taste of the area. The people of Chailangdi are simple
and have a charming lifestyle; singing and dancing are the main part their
lives. They spell Tibeto-Burman language. Chilangdi is situated at the southern
lap of Shirnagar Hills.
Access- Tansen is in Palpa
district, Lumbini Zone. Tansen is approximately 296 kilometers and about
approximately 10- hour drive from Kathmandu via Butwal. It is approximately 324
kilometers from Kathmandu via Pokhara. Buses to Tansen ply from the central Bus
Station, Gongabu in Kathmandu. It is also possible to take a flight to either
Pokhara or Bhairawa from where Tansen is approximately 3 to 4 hour drive.
Accommodation - Good to
moderate accommodation facilities are available in Tansen. There are also modern
restaurants here that serve excellent Nepali and some even continental cuisines.
Other tourist facilities are also available in tansen.
When to visit- Tansen can be
visited at any time of the year While the climate of Palpa varies from tropical
to moderate, Tansen is moderate and warm which lies between 28 degree Celsius as
the maximum during summer and 8 degree Celsius minimum in the winter. The months
of June and July have maximum rain.
Predominant culture- Palpa has
diverse culture and religion. It falls in the twelve Magar regions of West
Nepal. Therefore, there are still predominant Magar settlements in some parts of
Palpa districts; other inhabitants of palpa are Brahmin, Chhetri, Newars,
Bhojpuri, Tharu, Gurung, Maithili, Tamang, Limbu and Abadhi.
28 september - 5 oktober 2004 -
Verslag week 3
(Nepalese taalles, lezing Lama Rimpoche, Budhanilkantha, computerlessen in
21 - 28 september 2004 -
Verslag 2 - o.a. Bouddhanath,
Kirtipur en Indra Jatra festival
15 -21 september 2004 -
Verslag 1 - o.a. aankomst in Nepal,
Swayambhunath en kinderhuis
/ Langste zip line van de wereld /
Chandra Giri Hill
Cultuur / Historie / Politiek / Economie
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