Tansen, perched high above the Kali Gandaki River on the road between Butwal and Pokhara, is far enough off the radar to make it a rewarding detour for independent travelers. Tansen’s main attraction is both its Newari charm and distinct medieval feel. Lining Tansen’s steep cobblestone streets, which are too steep for cars, are wooden Newari houses with intricately carved windows, from where the clacking of looms can be heard. On winter mornings a blanket of mist is cast over the bowl-shaped Madi Valley, earning it the moniker ‘White Lake’. Chatting to locals, you’ll find they’re fiercely proud of their home town, which no doubt stems from its rich history during the glory years as the capital of the Magar kingdom of Tanahun. Until the rise of the Shahs (last kings of Nepal), Tanahun was one of the most powerful kingdoms in Nepal. Troops from Palpa even came close to conquering Kathmandu in the 16th century under the leadership of King Mukunda Sen. The power of the Magars (kings of Palpa) waned in the 18th century, and Tansen was reinvented as a Newari trading post on the trade route between India and Tibet. Today Tansen remains the administrative headquarters of Palpa district, and many Nepalese still refers to the town as Palpa. The town escaped serious damage in the 2015 earthquake. Spending in this town and going around the surrounding would be a great idea for domestic and global tourists. It would be even more interesting if the visitors choose Homestay as it allows to know the people and the culture of Tansen even closer. Golghar is the historic and central landmark of Tansen. Thadogalli is the steep lane connected to Golghar square which leads to seven Homestays of the city. The majority of Homestay houses is owned by Newars. Still, there are few houses from Brahmins and Magar. All houses follow "Atithi Devo Bhava" principle. Located under the lap of Shrinagar hill, there is a great view of sunrise, white lake, Tudhikhel and the main market for all the houses. These houses reflect the rich culture of Tansen integrated with rich hospitality experience to the guests.
|Day 1||Arrival to Palpa|
|Day 2||Drive to Rani Mahal|
Arrival to Palpa
Drive to Rani Mahal
Rani Mahal is known as the Taj Mahal of Nepal