This historic town is largely pedestrianized and is set on a hillside overlooking the plains on one side, and then the Annapurnas and Himalayan ranges on the other.

 

IMPACT

The idea for setting up the homestays here, came from a visitor to Tansen in 2002 who wanted to stay with a local family rather than in a luxurious hotel. She knocked on the door of a house asking for a room. At that point, the locals were not even aware of the idea of having homestays. Now there are 6 operational homestays, with more locals in the process of joining the Community Homestay program.

 

ABOUT THE HOMESTAYS

The homestays are located at the edge of the town, and are accessible to smaller vehicles, although larger vehicles are not permitted in much of the centre of the town owing to the steep, narrow cobbled streets. The homestays are a short walk from Shrinagar hill where you can admire the panorama of the Himalayas just to the north of you.

 

You stay in the family home and your rooms, though simply furnished, are comfortable. Bathrooms are indoors and you are invited to eat with the family. Your hosts will show you around this fascinating little town, with its many temples and interesting history.


HIGHLIGHTS

Sightseeing: palaces and temples

As well as the main Durbar in the center of the town, there are many old temples to explore, each with their own story to tell. Sittalpati is a curious octagonal pavilion in the main square which is a popular spot for locals to hang out and chat.


Local crafts

Tansen is home to the traditional colorful woven Dhaka fabric which is used to make the topi, the typical Nepali cap, as well as many other things. There are lots of Dhaka shops and you can visit the small factory where the fabric is woven. Taksar is the part of the town where the famous bronze and brass works of Tansen has been produced for hundreds of years. Here you can see the famous bronze ‘karuwa’ (water jug), ‘hukka’ (water pipe), and ‘auntee’ (Newar jug for storing ‘raksi’ a distilled homemade alcohol) being made.


First coffee in Nepal

The first coffee grown in Nepal was in Tansen where it has been cultivated for the last 36 years. Now with over 2000 farmers growing coffee, this is one of Tansen’s important products.  Visit Bista’s coffee plantation, where this farmer has been growing coffee beans for nearly four decades.


Festivals and fairs

There is usually at least one fair or festival every month. The most important fair lasts three days (January-February) and is the Ridi Mela or Maghe Sankranti at Ridi Bazaar where Hindu pilgrims from all over Nepal and India to take a holy bath in the Kali Gandaki River and worship at the temple. Other fairs include Satyawati Mela, a festival held during the full moon in October-November at Satyawati Lake, south of Tansen. The Parvas Mela (Feb-Mar) on Shiva Ratri, people worship the god Krishna and Shiva, bringing animals and agriculture produce to a fair where the best farmers are rewarded. Lalpati Melaheld during the Holi Festival around the same time is  held in Lalpati in the centre of the Madi Valley and Rambha Pani Mela is held in August-September in Rambha Pani, 30 km east of Tansen.


Hikes around Tansen

Srinagar Hill is a short walk from Tansen Bazaar (1524m) and you can admire the views of  Kanjiroba, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Langtang Himal from a view tower. South, you look over the plains of the Madi valley and the plains of the Terai.


If you have time, there are plenty of hikes. Ranighat Durbar is a day hike to the banks of the Kali Gandaki River at the confluence of the Ridi. The palace, sometimes called Nepal’s Taj Mahal was built in 1896 by Khadga Shamsher Rana. Nearby is Ranighat Temple that is an important place for Hindu pilgrimages in January when pilgrims bath in the river to celebrate the Magar festival of Maghe Sankranti.


Local cuisine

As a predominantly Newar town, you will find many Newari delicacies. Here you can try Hansko chhyola (roasted or grilled spiced duck meat ), Chukauni (boiled potato and curd) and Batuk (a lentil flour patty ). Try Jhiniya roti and Sel Roti (a bread made from fermented rice). Made for ceremonies, Sel Roti is also very popular for breakfast or a snack. It is made of rice flour and the semi liquid dough is prepared from milk, water, sugar, butter, cardamom, cloves and other secret ingredients which is poured into oil in a circular shape and cooked gently until it turns a golden color.


FURTHER INFORMATION

10 Good Reasons to Visit Tansen by Marianne Heredge

Rana Ujeshwori Bhagwoti Temple and Bhagwoti Jatra (Victory Granting Goddess of Palpa) by Divakar Devkota

Diversity of Nepal – A Journey from Kathmandu to Palpa


Best time to visit

You can visit all year round, but the nicest views can be seen in autumn.


Climate and weather

Palpa district lies in the hill region of Nepal. The Himalayas act as a barrier to the cold winds blowing from Central Asia. But there is no seasonal constraint on traveling in Nepal. The best time to have the clearest skies with brilliant views in is autumn. Every time of the year has something beautiful to offer. Therefore, Nepal can be visited the whole year round.


$27 per guest per night

About Your Hosts

Palpa is home to artisans, textile weavers and traders. Most habitants either precipitate in the trade route or work in the fields and tend to their livestock.

What's Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Community walk
What To Bring
  • Hiking Shoes

Palpa Community Homestay in pictures

A few glimpses of what is waiting for you

Cancellation Policy

Full refund will be issued if cancellation is within 48 hours of arrival. 50% will be charged if canceled within 48hours and 100% will be charged for no show.

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This experience requires little to no physical abilities 

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