Tansen is an old western Newari city with an amazing history and some marvelous Nawari architecture. It lies about 30 kilometers north of Butwal and 120 kilometers from Pokhara. Approach roads are mostly good but winding. Altitude is higher than Kathmandu (4600 ft/1500 mtrs) so weather is lovely in hot monsoon season!
Via Kathmandu to Bhairahawa Airport, one of Nepal's busiest, takes 45 minutes, and costs about $200 for foreigners and $115 for nationals. Carriers include Buddha Air, Yeti Air, 160 NRs airport tax applies for all domestic flights. Change to bus/taxi/jeep to drive north about 2.5 hours to Tansen.
Via Dehli, Gorakpur, Sunauli, India/Belahiya, Nepal. 24 - 30 hours. Change to bus/taxi/jeep to drive north about 2.5 hours to Tansen.
Via Kathmandu, Narayangarh/Bharatpur (var. Narayanghat), Butwal, Tansen. 7 - 10 hours.
Via Pokhara, Palpa/Tanzan, (potholed, windy road, but beautiful views) 2-4 hours.
Via Delhi - Gorakpur. Transfer to narrow gauge track to Nautanwa. Transfer to taxi/bus/rickshaw to Sunauli, India (about 5 kilometers). Cross border to Belahiya and Nepal's Immigration. Transfer to bus/taxi rickshaw for 3 kilometers to Bhairahawa. Change to bus/taxi/jeep to drive north about 2.5 hours to Tansen. Total time approximately 14 - 20 hours.
Via Kolkata, Patna, Gorakpur. Transfer to narrow gauge track to Nautanwa. Transfer to taxi/bus/rickshaw to Sunauli, India (approximately 5 kilometers). Cross border to Belahiya, and Nepal's Immigration. Change to bus/taxi/jeep to drive north about 2.5 hours to Tansen. Total time approximately 12 - 14 hours.
Like most hill stations Tansen lies on the side of a hill. Rickshaws and taxis are few. But as it is a small town so the best option is walking.
Architecture See here Newari houses, Temples, Rana buildings, carved windows and pagoda style temples.
Tansen Durbar / Palace In the center of the town lies a 64 room Palace, a representation of arts and crafts of the ancient Palpa. Sadly, of the morning of the 31st of January 2006, Maoist's launched attacks in Tansen. They fought with local authorities and bombarded many ancient buildings including the Palace which had housed government offices. Many historical buildings including the Tansen palace was destroyed.
Srinagar Park Can be a bitr noisey/busy on Saturdays with Nepalese picnicing but still the jewel of Tanzen. With hiking trails weaving in and out of the forest on a clear day you can see the peaks of Machhapuchhare/Fishtail, the Annapurnas, Gauri Shankar and Daulagiri. Its also a small hike of about a kilometer from the bazaar, up hill.
Palpa Ranighat Visit the old ruins of a palace set on a massive rock bed at the bank of the Kali Gandaki river for viewing palace garden, stone walls, and a small shrine. This palace was built in 1892 by Governor Khadka Shamser in memory of his wife Tej Kumari, and is often called the Taj Mahal of Nepal. It is a 2 hour hike down from Srinagar Park. The path is well marked, the way/walking isnot difficult and of course has wonderful forest and village sceneries and chances for wildlife/bird viewing.
Bhairabsthan Or Kal Bhairab is an easy trek of 6 miles from Tansen, brings you to a beautiful spot, the Bhairabsthan temple. From here you can view Himalayas including Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Machhapuchhare and witness cultural attractions. The temple has a large Trishul (Trident), and it receives a large number of visitors on every Saturday and Tuesday. People sacrifice animals and offer grains, and fruits to please the Hindu God Bhairab, whose figure is believed to be kept hidden under the floor of the temple and the figure is identically to the Kal Bhairab status of Kathmandu, located at Durbar Square. Kal Bhairab is the Nepalese God of Destruction. Temples dedicated to him are located in many parts of Nepal.
Tanahu is a beautiful hill town, which is located only about 20 miles (32 kilometers) southeast of Tansen, liked by a road. It is a favroute nearby destination of Tansen town. Tanahu offers beautiful natural forests, farm lands and views of the mountains and valleys. One can enjoy here, the Rambha forest, Rimbha lekh and Kaaude and Hatti pond (Lekh or Tal in Nepali)
Palpali Brass Search the bazaar for good deals on famous Palpali brass wear such as kuruwas, diwas, and statuary still produced in in and around Tansen.
Dhaka Cloth the most popular hand woven cloth of Nepal comes from this region. The Nepali topi (national cap) is made of Dhaka and You can see the weavers at work on their looms or see a bazaar of Dhakas in Tansen.
Bakery Cafe, Tansen.
Hotel Srinagar 23 standard rooms Also has dining facilities, and a conference hall with capacity for 100 people23 standard rooms Kailashnagar. Phone : 977-75-20045 | 20595 Fax : 977-75-20590 E-mail : [email protected] Website : http://www.hotelsrinagar.com/
Siddhartha Gautam Hotel 10 rooms Bishalbazar, Tansen Phone: 977-75-520280
Bajra Hotel 14 rooms Campus Road, Tansen Phone: 977-75-520443