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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  • August 12, 2017
    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 »
  • May 31, 2017
    Was a fine trip. It's about three hours to walk down from Tansen. They are the Palace currently maintained and painting, but it already looks neat. Although I would not call must see attraction in terms of size and etc. Another tip: there are many locals out there a day with the jeep there. At the first one I asked could I ride back and within 40 minutes I stood again in Tansen. That I would recommend to do, instead of that same road again all the way up.
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  • May 19, 2017
    We walked here from Tansen, a 7-8 hour round trip. It's downhill most of the way there and uphill most of the way back! A good walk through Nepali countryside and small villages. The palace comes as q...  more »

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