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
ClientKhadga Shamsher Jang Bahadur Rana
Technical details
Structural systemBrick and Mortar

Coordinates: 27°55′35″N 83°31′41″E / 27.92639°N 83.52806°E / 27.92639; 83.52806

Rani Mahal of Palpa
Ranighat Palace, Palpa

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


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 to India abandoning Rani Mahal after which the Mahal went to disrepair.

Current Status, Reconstruction & Restoration[edit]

As 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 recently finished the reconstruction and restoration program and rebuild the palace to its original state. This has not only preserved the national historical properties, but also increased the possibilities of tourism in the area and resulted in various developments.


Currently, there is motorable road to Rani Mahal. It takes around half an hour to reach the Rani Mahal from Tansen. Public vehicles are readily available from Tansen Narayansthan. Also, foot trail from Kailashnagar near the Batasedanda, about 3km from Tansen leads to Ranimahal. It takes about 3-4 hrs walk to Rani Mahal from Batase.


The flow of visitors is huge these days at Rani Mahal. Rani Mahal has become a hot destination for beach camping for youngsters. To make sure visitors get all the facilities for their night stay many camping resorts are providing accommodation service. Ranimahal Beach Resort, located exactly opposite of the Rani Mahal at the shore of Kali Gandaki River, provides good service with quality food to make sure your stay at Rani Mahal become a memorable one.


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

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  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)