Ranighat Palace, Tansen

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Rani Mahal is a Rana palace located in the banks of Kali Gandaki River in Palpa district of Nepal. This palace was constructed by General Khadga Shumsher JBR in 1893CE.HistoryIn 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. 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 StatusRani Mahal was largely turned into rubbles but by the end of 20th century Government of Nepal repaired and rebuild this structure into its original state.AccessCurrently, there is no motorable road to Ranimahal. A foot trail from Kailashnagar near the Batasedanda, about 3 km from Tansen leads to Ranimahal. It takes about 3-4 hrs walk to reach Ranimahal from Batasedanda.LegacyRani Mahal is considered as the "Taj Mahal of Nepal" due to its relative location in Kalighandaki River over a huge rock.
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  • very romantic calm law in excellent condition we wish we could stay there a few days beach along the pleasant River (whitewater and very cool swimming discouraged)
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  • Along the way, we met at a restaurant and a place to sleep half an hour distance to Rani ghat, Dew camping resort, it is a very heavenly place, with butterflies and flowers, a charming place with nice owner, who also you can become acquainted with the environment. There are nice cabins to sleep and a restaurant. We have delicious eaten and slept. This is in contrast to the place at Rani Ghat. where you do not want your worst enemy, so dirty, nasty and unsociable
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  • I walked alone from Tansen to the Palace (and back). The first part of the walk (Tansen to Aule) is very very beautiful, after Aule it becomes the regular gravel road.. It was a very hot day, but on s...  more »

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