The town of Tansen is Palpa District’s administrative center. It is found in western Nepal, specifically between Pokhara and Butwal. The town has a moderate climate. Its average temperature does not go beyond 30°C and does not go lower than 0°C. The town is home to Newari communities that engage in trade, metalwork, and dhaka cloth production. The town can be reached by taking a local bus from Butwal or Pokhara.
The town used to be the capital of the old Magar kingdom of Tanahun which, before the time of the Shah Dynasty, was one of the most powerful in the region. This kingdom was so powerful that it almost overtook Kathmandu. Eventually, the power and influence of Magar kings lessened until the place emerged into a Newari bazaar along the India and Tibet trade route.
Mission Hospital, a project of the United Missions to Nepal or UNM, is found in Tansen. UNM was established in 1952 and was made up of eight Christian denominations. The organization’s goal was to carry out medical mission work in the country. The hospital has a total of 160 beds, and an average of 100,000 people go to this hospital every year to seek medical attention. The hospital has 12 expatriate medical personnel and 300 Nepalese staff. The hospital has tied up with Tansen Nursing School.
One of the most popular attractions in the town is Tansen Bazaar. In this place, you will see amazing Rana buildings. Newari houses also abound here, structures with wonderfully carved windows. The main attractions in Tansen Bazaar are the temples. Of course, people go here not just to look at the attractions but also to shop, and they flock to the market in the evening.
Palpa Ranighat is a palace standing on an enormous rock bed by the Kali Gandaki River. The palace is an awesome sight with its stone walls and gardens. It was built by Governor Khadka Shamser in 1892. The governor had the palace constructed in memory of Tej Kumari, his wife. The palace has often been referred to as Taj Mahal’s poor cousin.
Another palace draws tourists to Tansen. Tansen Palace, also called Tansen Durbar, is a great structure with 64 rooms. The palace lies at the heart of the town proper and displays the artistry and creativity of the old city. To a lot of people, this palace comes second to Kathmandu’s Royal Palace. A part of the Tansen Durbar was destroyed by Maoist rebels when they fought with security personnel. The damaged areas are being restored.
Finally, when you go to Tansen, you must visit the Bhairabsthan temple, which is 5 kilometers away from the town proper and can easily be reached by foot. It was built in honor of the god of destruction Bhairabnath. During festivals, many animals are sacrificed in this temple to please the god of destruction. If you don’t want to witness this, then be sure to avoid the festivals. Aside from its religious and historical significance, the temple also offers magnificent views of the surrounding mountains like Annapurna and Dhaulagiri that make the 5-kilometer walk worth it.