Palpa Tansen & Surroundings
Palpa Tansen and Surroundings Located 39km north of Butwal and 119km southwest from Pokhara, Palpa Tansen, also known as the Queen of the Hills for its pleasant climate, is a typical Newari town of western Nepal. It is located at an altitude of 1372m on the southern slope of the Srinagar hill. The history of Tansen started from around the 11th century when the region was a part of the Barah Magarat, the twelve territories administered by the Magar rulers. The town evolved as a market centre for the Newar traders and artisans famous for their metal and Dhaka (cloth) industry. Some historians see Tansen as a replica of the Kathmandu valley in terms of the Newari architecture and living heritages. Ruins from the Sen Period (15th to 18th century) can be observed at various sites in Tansen. Tansen is popular for its traditional compact settlements dotted with numerous temples, monasteries and sculptures such as Bhairavasthan temple, Purankot Durbar, Srinagar Durbar (fort), the Bansha Gopal, the Mukundeshwar
Mahadeva, and Amar Narayan temple, the Ran-Ujjeshwari Bhagawati temple and the Tansen Durbar. Tansen is included in UNESCO’s Tentative World Heritage list since 2008. Other attractions include Ranimahal, Ridi, Bougha Gumha home-stay village, Madanpokhara, Kaudeko Lekh (view point), Bagnas, Srinagar hill etc. Baldyangadi, one of the most important palaces of Barah-Magarat regime, lies on the way to Padini Tapobhumi from Saljhandi.