Tansen, Nepal

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Tānsen is located in Nepal
Location in Nepal
Coordinates: 27°52′0″N 83°33′0″E / 27.86667°N 83.55000°E / 27.86667; 83.55000Coordinates: 27°52′0″N 83°33′0″E / 27.86667°N 83.55000°E / 27.86667; 83.55000
Country   Nepal
Development RegionWestern
ZoneLumbini Zone
DistrictPalpa District
 • TypeMayor–council government
 • MayorMr. Ashok Kumar Shahi
 • Deputy MayorMrs. Laxmi Pathak
1,350 m (4,430 ft)
(2011 Census)
 • Total31,095
Time zoneUTC+5:45 (NST)
Postal code
Area code(s)075

Tansen is a Municipality and the administrative center of Palpa District in the "hills" of western part of Nepal. It is located on the highway between Butwal and Pokhara, on the crest of the Mahabharat Range or Lesser Himalaya overlooking the valley of the Kaligandaki River to the north.[1] The highway bypasses the town center on the west, protecting pedestrian amenities in the central maze of steep, narrow, winding alleys lined with Newari shop-Houses and temples.


Tansen was the capital of the Magar kingdom palpa, one of the most powerful regional principalities before the rise of the Shah dynasty. It even came close to conquering Kathmandu in the 16th century under the leadership of Mukunda Sen. Local Magar kings lost influence in the 18th century and Tansen became a Newari bazaar on the important trade route between India and Tibet via the Kaligandaki River and Mustang. Because it was a district administrative center of the Kingdom of Nepal, Maoists targeted Tansen several times during the Nepalese Civil War, including a major assault on the historic Durbar (palace) compound in 2006.

Nearby Srinagar Danda (hill) offers a panoramic view of the high Himalaya. From west to east, the Kanjiroba, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Mansiri, Ganesh and Langtang groups are in sight. Other nearby attractions include Ranighat, a Rana palace next to the Kaligandaki River, and Ridi Bazaar, a major Hindu pilgrimage destination at the auspicious confluence of the Kaligandaki and Ridi Rivers. A large mela is held there on Maghe Sankranti (about January 14).

Tansen is the home of United Mission Hospital, located one mile east of the town center. The hospital was established in 1954 as a partnership between the people of Nepal and a coalition of 20 Christian organizations on four continents.[2] As of 2010, Mission Hospital has 160 beds, and the clinics there see over 100,000 patients per year. Mission Hospital is the oldest project of United Mission to Nepal (UMN), a consortium of eight worldwide Christian denominations which was formed in 1952 to coordinate missionary work in Nepal. Presently there are about a dozen expatriate medical personnel assisted by a staff of about 300 Nepalese. Mission Hospital collaborates with Tansen Nursing School, considered to be among the best training programs for basic nursing education in the country. The 2007 book, "The Hospital at the End of the World" describes the workings of Mission Hospital from the perspective of a short-term Medical Missionary. [3]


The town enjoys a moderate climate with temperatures rarely exceeding 30 Celsius (86F) or going below freezing.


Besides trade, local Newars are known for traditional metalwork and producing dhaka cloth used in traditional jackets and topis. The most important landmark is the octagonal pavilion "Golghar" in the middle of Sitalpati, the main market square.

Sites of Interest (Tourism)[edit]

  1. Tansen Durbar
  2. Rani Mahal
  3. Shreenagar
  4. Whitelake View
  5. Symbolic Gate (Muldhoka)
  6. Nanglo Bakery
  7. Sitalpati
  8. Budhha Stupa
  9. Naran Temple
  10. Bhagwati Temple
  11. Bhairav Temple
  12. Rishikeshv Temple
  13. Guffa Dada Dumre
  14. Dumre khola Dumre
  15. Jantilung Masyam
  16. Thulo chaupari Dumre
  17. Tudikhel ( Karuwa)

Sites of Interest (Religion)[edit]

  1. Ranaujeshwori Temple, Bhagawati Tole
  2. Bhairav Temple, Bhairavsthan
  3. Ganesh temple, Bhagawati Tole
  4. Santi Bihar, Taksar Tole
  5. Amar Narayan Temple, Narayansthan
  6. Darlam Mahakali Temple, Darlamdanda
  7. Shivalay Temple,
  8. Mahamrityunjaya Shivasan, Barangdi
  9. Bagnaskot, Bagnas
  10. Satyawati Lake
  11. Rambhadevi Tahu

World Heritage Status[edit]

This site was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List on January 30, 2008 in the Cultural category.[4]


To Promote local culture Tansen has several FM radio station including Radio Madanpokhara - 106.9 MHz Which is a Community radio Station and several local T.V channels. Lumbini job link Palpa Dumre

2015 Nepal earthquake[edit]

The city was affected by an earthquake on 25 April 2015.[5] The United Mission Hospital in Tansen was expected to receive many patients in the aftermath of the severe shaking in the town similar to earthquakes that occur in Japan.[6] A presentation by missionaries was held on 6 May 2015 at the United Mission Hospital in Tansen to share their experiences during the earthquake.[2]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-03-24. Retrieved 2010-04-28.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ a b "Missionaries to share experiences in Nepal at May 6 luncheon". petoskeynews.com. petoskeynews.com. 27 April 2015. Retrieved 1 May 2015.
  3. ^ Plainview Press Austin TX, ISBN 978-1-935514-28-2
  4. ^ The Medieval Town of Tansen - UNESCO World Heritage Centre
  5. ^ "Nepal earthquake: Newly-weds among Britons caught in disaster". BBC News. BBC News. 26 April 2015. Archived from the original on 1 May 2015.
  6. ^ Gardener, Chris (26 April 2015). "Former Hamilton vicar and wife make contact after quake". stuff.co.nz. stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 1 May 2015.

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