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 1893.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 Status, Reconstruction & RestorationAs the Khadga Shumsher 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.
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  • We walked from Tansen to the palace and loved it. It's really something to see this beautiful building in the middle of nowhere, and walk around the rooms, wondering what they would have looked like w...  more »
  • If you like an empty palace with only a well preserved outside than this will be your thing. There is nothing else down there so make sure you take some lunch and drinks. We walked from Tansen down an...  more »
  • The palace was old but still stands as royal part of this place. Natural ambiance around this palace is just flawless. Loved a short hike and visit to this place. Recommended.  more »
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