A hidden treasure way off the usual path, Rani Mahal is a must-visit when in Palpa
In the Palpa district of southwest Nepal, Rani Mahal is shielded from the outside world by the difficulty of access. It is situated on the bank of the Kali Gandaki River, tucked against the mountains.
General Khadga Shamsher built the Rani Mahal in 1893 as a tribute to his late wife Tej Kumari Devi. Its name, Rani Mahal, which translates to “Queen’s Palace”, was given by the General himself. In 1902, he and his family moved to India, and the palace was wrecked because of recklessness. The Nepalese government has finished rebuilding it at the present date.
In the southern foothills of Nepal, it is a hidden treasure that is way off the usual path. There are several approaches accessible for access. Visit Tansen, a town in Nepal, and visit its palace by taking the less-travelled route.
Take a glance at the magnificent Rani Mahal! The grandeur of the white and blue palace shines in the early light as the sun rises from behind the mountains at the rendezvous point of the Kali Gandaki River and the Ranighat Gorge. As you descend in altitudes, it does get noticeably hotter. You may cross the rope bridge next to the palace to enjoy incredible panoramic views of the structure hung above the river.
A resort with a few modest local-style eateries, stores, and basic lodgings is also close by if you decide to stay the night.
In terms of architecture, you will enjoy the beautifully designed structure, the captivating hills around it, and the remarkably serene Kali Gandaki River running next to the castle. To return to Tansen Bazaar, where you can buy regional handicrafts, you may take the quick path lined with lovely brooks, waterfalls, and winding cobblestone streets. You may also get a Dhaka shawl and other Dhaka products because Palpa is known for the clothing created in Dhaka.
The scenery and quaintness of the town along the way from Tansen to the magnificent Rani Mahal castle will make the journey worthwhile. On the way from busting Pokhara to the Terai plains in the south, which are home to Chitwan National Park and Lumbini, the site of Buddha’s birth, this is a fascinating off-the-beaten-path trip.
Palpa is thus the ideal escape for exploring the gorgeous Himalayas, enigmatic temples, historical routes, and culture. Palpa’s captivating beauty will leave you dumbfounded, and you’ll think you’ve discovered “Paradise on Earth'’.
Compiled By: Rebika Bishokarma
Photos By: Nepal News, Full the Time Explorer