Tansen - hill town between Pokhara and Lumbini - Nepal

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Tansen - hill town between Pokhara and Lumbini - Nepal



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 temples.

    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 from here.

    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.





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