Palpa: Fascinating Destinations, People and their Culture

11, Dec 2020 |

Visit one of the diverse districts of Nepal in terms of geography, nature, culture, and tradition.


The streets of Palpa symbolizes the ancient local lifestyle of the then people. The Newari architecture style of the houses and the sight of the old bazaar is sure to catch your eyes. The geography of the Palpa district is also quite interesting. The landscape rises from 250 m to 2000m in elevation and fosters diverse flora and fauna. Another beautiful town, Tansen, is the headquarters of the Palpa district.


Story of Tansen

This place was a famous trading spot for the Newar communities a century ago. They used to travel to this destination all the way from Kathmandu with their arts and architecture. Eventually, it became the hub of the culture of the midwest region of Nepal. The essence of Newari style can be found along the alleys, with the architecture of the old houses and among the welcoming people you meet.

Though the town is dominated by Newars, the Magar people are also the major inhabitants of Palpa District. The name of headquarters “Tansen" itself is a Magar word that translates to “northern settlement”. The town is therefore known as one of the many diverse districts in terms of geography, culture, and tradition.


Palpa for Travellers

  • It is a beautiful and untouched destination for nature lovers. The hills of Palpa give you a scenic view of Nepal, with Madi valley in the west and the Kali Gandaki river along its northern border.

  • At an elevation of 1600 m resides the Shrinagar Danda (the Tansen hill). One can travel uphill for a magnificent view from the tower of the valleys and the Kaligandaki River.

  • The northern slope gives a ride into the natural forest. If you visit in the right season, you can get to see Nepal’s national flower, “Rhododendron” beautifully blooming all around. The view of greenery and colorful flowers is a mesmerizing one.

  • Another significant pilgrimage site around Tansen is the Ridi River and Rishikesh Temple built in the popular pagoda style. During Maghesankranti, pilgrims from all over the country come to this place to take a holy bath and worship in the temple.

  • Ranimahal is the next destination known for its architecture. Built-in 1984 by Khadga Shamsher to his beloved queen Tej Kumari, it is also known as the Taj Mahal of Nepal.

  • Travelers can also explore the handicrafts, arts, and cottage industries of Palpa. Local crafts like Karuwa and Palpali Dhaka Topi (a national pride of Nepalese men) are the major attractions of Palpa.

Getting There

Tansen lies not so far from two famous tourist destinations, Lumbini and Pokhara. It lies in a 3-4 hours drive from these destinations. Regular buses are also available from Kathmandu to Tansen. The route can be either via Butwal or via Pokhara.

Many take flights from Kathmandu to Pokhara or Bhairahawa and then drive to Tansen.



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