"Tansen (Palpa) – the city above the mist" Tansen by josephescu

Tansen Travel Guide: 10 reviews and 37 photos

There seem to be two localities under this name – one in Sweden, and one in Nepal, but none of them was represented on VT “encyclopaedia” at this time. While I cannot tell anything about the Swedish one, I’ve been spending a lovely morning strolling around the Nepalese Tansen.

Basically, it is a small, romantic medieval hill town, perched high above a river valley, around 1300-1400m above sea level, on the road heading south from Pokhara towards Lumbini and India. Most of the streets in the old town are too narrow and too steep for cars, so the town preserves a peaceful and unpolluted atmosphere…..with its Newari shop-houses, temples and courtyards tucked away.

above the mist....but not out of Maoists' reach

The town is short-listed on the LP map, but is very off the beaten path – while wandering on its cobbled streets, we crossed by only one other tourist, accompanied by a local guide. Maybe this is because of the recent events in July 2006, when Maoists assaulted and burnt the Durbar compound in Tansen.

However, everything seemed to be back to normal when we visited…..except maybe from the crew of the Nepal TV, who showed very interested in us and our reasons for visiting Tansen. On the other hand, they were unable to provide us with a reasonable explanation of the target chosen by “the popular movement”….

Other resources available at www.tansenpalpa.net

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  • Pros:romantic, medieval, local customs
  • Cons:Maoists assaults over Durbar compound in Tansen
  • Last visit to Tansen: Dec 2006
  • Intro Updated Mar 10, 2007
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