Ranighat Palace

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Rani Mahal
Rani mahal.jpg
General information
Architectural styleFusion of Neoclassical architecture, European styles of architecture
Town or cityPalpa
CountryNepal
Completed1893
CostUnknown
ClientSabin Khanal
Technical details
Structural systemBrick and Mortar
Design and construction
ArchitectRhea Dongol

Coordinates: 27°33′13″N 83°18′50″E / 27.5535°N 83.3140°E / 27.5535; 83.3140

Rani Mahal of Palpa
Ranighat Palace, Palpa

Rani Mahal (Nepali: रानी महल) is a Rana palace located in the banks of Kali Gandaki River in Palpa district of Nepal. This palace was constructed by General Khadga Samsher Rana JBR in 1893.[1]

History[edit]

Rani Mahal, Palpa

In 1887 General Khadga Samsher Rana was forced to drop his royal titles and was sent to Palpa-Gauda as the Western Commander in Chief of Nepal. At Palpa-Gauda in 1892 Khadga Shumsher's beloved youngest wife Tej Kumari Devi died and within a year Khadga built a palace and named after his wife as Rani Mahal (Literary translates as Queens Palace). He also named the nearby forest as Rani Ban (Rani forest) along with naming the Ghats as Rani Ghat.[1] In 1902, Khadga Samsher Rana along with his family fled from Nepal to India abandoning Rani Mahal which resulted in negligence of Rani mahal and eventually this palace structure started crumbling.

Current Status, Reconstruction & Restoration[edit]

As the Khadga Samsher abandoned the palace and fled to India, Rani Mahal was left behind without any proper owner or caretaker. The condition of the palace was a concern of both the government of Nepal and locals. Rani Mahal was largely turned into rubble by the end of 20th century. Very few visitors used to visit the palace, only those most interested in the history of Nepal.

At present, the Government of Nepal has started a reconstruction and restoration program to repair and rebuild the palace to its original state. This will not only preserve the national historical properties, but also increase the possibilities of tourism in the area and result in various developments.

Access[edit]

Currently, there is motorable road to Rani Mahal. It takes around one hour to reach the Rani Mahal. No public vehicles are available for the trip. Also, foot trail from Kailashnagar near the Batasedanda, about 3 km from Tansen leads to Ranimahal. It takes about 3-4 hrs walk to Rani Mahal from Batase

Legacy[edit]

Rani Mahal is considered as the "Taj Mahal of Nepal" due to its relative location in Kaligandaki River over a huge rock.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b JBR, PurushottamShamsher (2007). Ranakalin Pramukh Atihasik Darbarharu [Chief Historical Palaces of the Rana Era] (in Nepali). Vidarthi Pustak Bhandar. ISBN 978-9994611027. Retrieved 2015. Check date values in: |access-date= (help)