Hiking from Tansen Height to Rani Mahal

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Hiking Theme: Revisiting The Monument of Love
Hiking Route: Tansen height to Rani Mahal
Date: 27-28, December 2008
Participants: Sanjeet Baidya, Amit Adhikari, Ravi Sharma, Ashsish Tuladhar, Awanish Ranjan, Binod Raj Pathak, Sudeep Ghimire, Reena Joshi, Kamal Silwal, Kapil Pandey, Jasmine Bajracharya, Rina Maharjan, Bhanu Chalise, Deepak Maharjan, Lekhnath Bushal, Basanta Thapa, Binod Gyawali, Bidha Rimal
Photos: Ravi, Bhanu, Ashish, Rina, Amit
Report: Amit, Jasmine, Lekhnath
Caption: Ravi, Amit
Creative Support: DijupT/PallaviS/DhilungK

Jasmin’s Recollection
The default answer to the question of writing an essay on the favorite place was “Palpa” during my school days. I could fill the pages of my exercise book with the praises and historical values of the place. And on this hike, my essay extolling the vitality and elegance of Palpa was proved not to be false. It is a real place to be in one’s life span.

It was as if a dream come true for me as I was included in the hiking team. On the Saturday morning (27th Dec), we headed our journey to Palpa. The van was carrying more members than its capacity but we were all busy on our funny talks and gossips. After 8 hours of hectic and continuous drive from Bishalnagar, we reached Tansen Bazaar “Pearl of Palpa”. We dined in one of the famous restaurants in Tansen and planned for the awaited morning. We longed to roam the Tansen Bazar, but we opted to have a rest so that we could store energy for the next day’s trip, our destination to the renowned RaniMahal “The Taj Mahal of Nepal”.

Next morning, with high spirit and beautiful picture of Ranimahal in our mind, we initiated our hike at around 7 am in the morning from “Batase Dada ” with a steep descent to the valley of ‘BarandiKhola’. We had only the packets of biscuits and bottles of water to satisfy our hunger. It was not easy walking along the narrow pebble trail. Moreover, the path was slippery and wet with fog which made it assiduous. We descended down the Palpali red soil with photo sessions amidst the graceful and elegant sites of the springs, waterfall and mountains.

The elegance of nature, the perfection of mountain ranges, the magnificence of the scenery, the fabulous waterfall simply made us spellbound. And we could not resist ourselves clicking the cameras, even from our mobile sets.

It was more than two and half hours we hit the road, the Ranighat palace was still a distant mirage and we were beginning to get a wee bit despondent. We inquired the villagers as how farther the palace is and they answered it to be around an hour. With hope to see the palace soon we climbed down quickly for an hour, but the palace was still out of sight. Then we interpreted that the villagers are rather skeptical of distances and time in the hills. We were egging each other to reach the destination and boosting the energy with various jokes and experiences of previous hikes.

As we climbed a ridge and rounded a bend in the trail, the Ranighat palace came into view. The panoramic view of the complex was stunning. However, the location was remote and idyllic by the bask of the majestic Kali Gandaki. Nevertheless, we were so delighted and content to be there. Far far away from the cacophony of urban civilizations, the natural heritage was so soothing.

We wondered how people could have transported the construction materials to such remote place and also felt something eerie about an outstanding building located in that distant area. Despite the beauty of the building it was not preserved and the interior were covered with foul languages and were in ruin. The palace could be conserved and renovated. Such a magnificent monument and no one to admire it.

Since we did not have enough time, we have to make our way back to those twists and turns and steep ascent we left the lovely but lonely palace after some photo sessions. To our surprise, we found a family dwelling beside the palace to serve the visitors like us. We had a cup of tea and a special kind of pickle( potato mixed with curd and some fried fenugreek) there which made us relaxed and relieved from those assiduous walks. Then we made our trip back to the steep ascents and it was mid day and the sun was now high up in the sky. It was much tougher to climb the steep and slippery hills than to run down. The heat of the sun made us lackadaisical and we shambled along the lanes, finally we straggled back to Srinagar Danda where our van waited us. We descended and ascended for about 8 hours making more that 15kms long path.

After then, we made our way back to Kathmandu after having meals and a really quick shopping Dhaka, which is the specialty of Palpa.

The eloquent symbol of the eternal love of the governor to his beloved queen was to be seen to be believed.

Yet another exciting part of the hike was that on the way back to Kathmandu at night, we celebrated (one of our friends), Amit’s Birthday inside our office van at midnight. The celebration was a pleasant surprise to all.

Ultimately, at about 4 am, we reached our homes safe and sound.

Lekhnath’s Recollection
Day 1, Dec 27
I was at the office premises at nearly 6:45 and I did not have to wait long for the departure. We already has a vacant seat in the van so we decided to add other highly interested members to company the stand by members. Finally, our team grew to 19 members including Ram. We had to wait him at Kalanki for half an hour.
We left Kathmandu at about 8:00 A.M. After a short drive we had breakfast at Naubise. We all were talking about the length of the trip as usual. Some even said we would reach Palpa at 2 some 4 and so on, accompanying this talk was the songs from our scratched CD’s and barely one of the song could be played well and repeated all over the road. Finally, we stopped at Kitchen Cafe of Narayanghad to have lunch. This was the first place that I enjoyed in my trip. After lunch we went to Narayani river and relaxed for sometime.We reached Butwal at about 3:30 P.M. There was “AUDHYOGIC MELA” at Butwal. It was nearly 5:30 when we reached Tansen. We could not go anywhere that day because it was already dark hence we decided to stay at Shrinagar hotel and had dinner at Nanglo Tansen.

Day 2, Dec 28
All were ready to move at 6 A.M. Since the owner of the hotel had not got up yet, we had to wait. At 6:30 A.M., we started moving down from Batase danda.. I could name all the trees found there. It was so exciting to see such a familiar hilly area. We could see different birds particularly wild parrots. We could find different wild fruits like “Myal”, “Amile”, so on.

It was after a 1 and half an hour of walk before we reached Awal, midway to our destination. Then the wide road along the side of small stream started. We met one friend living nearby Rani Mahal. He said that the road was the same even during his childhood days and added that the only reconstruction/renovation was in case of land slide. Moving down the stream and moving along the stream and sometimes enjoying the sight of the small streams on the hill side, climbing up the streams for photo session, we moved down. After an hour’s walk from Awal we reached Hatti Dhunga. A large elephant shaped stone that lay on the road side was called Hatti Dhunga and the place was named after it. We found traces of red Tikas that indicated that people worshipped the stone.

After half an hour from Hatti Dhunga we reached Rani Ghat. Rani Mahal was located on the bottom of the hill. From each point of the Mahal we could view the scenery of the valley around. By crossing the suspension bridge we could reach Syanja district.After a while, we moved down to the river bank to play with the stones and river where we had a light breakfast. The “achar” made from curd reminded me of my childhood days.

We were already late since we moved down very slowly. I decided to reach first on the van and reserve a seat for myself. While climbing up we were pretty quick and had reached the top in just 2 hours time. After nearly an hour, we gathered and had lunch at the Nanglo again. Some of us bought the Palpali Dhaka products for our near and dear ones. It was already 5:30 P.M when we started our journey back to Kathmandu. We reached Kathmandu at about 2 A.M on Monday.

In total, it was one of the best hikes that I have participated in.

Amit’s Recollection
The Saturday morning 28th December, enthusiast hikers of D2 reached the premises by 7 am in time to heading towards Palpa. The trend of being in time is applicable to most of the hikers, a team of eighteen people. A cool and chilling rainy night inspired some of the hikers to divert the interest towards Daman at Naubise for tea break a breakfast, but the pressure of team led them to continue with ultimate destination Palpa.
Driving in a speed of 80km/hr we reached Narayanghat in no time, and wait for lunch with some photographs. After an hour again the journey continues with full stomach and happy faces forgetting the pain of hunger. Gaidakot, Pragatinagar, Kawaswoti, Chormara, Dumkibash, Bardaghat, Butawal, Kerabari, Bartung are some of the town on the way to Palpa.
We reached palpa by 6pm in evening with a hurry to find appropriate hotel to stretch our body in deep sleep. We arranged our night stay to Srinagar hotel. At 1515 metres, the hilltop park and forests of Shreenagar abound in scenic and natural beauty and offer breathtaking views of giant snowcapped mountains – Dhaulagiri, the four Annapurnas, Nilgiri, Tukuche, Mansulu, Ganesh Himal and the famed twin fishtail peaks of Machhapuchhre. To the south, the view extends from the stunning Madi valley and the sweep of the Tinau River valley to a wall of green mountains and gorges and out onto the wide expanse of the Tarai plains.
Shreenagar Hill is a forest of pine trees and open green parkland. Made up of viewpoints and picnic spots, camping facilities as well as meditation spots and statues of Buddha, the park is one of the most picturesque spots in Western Nepal.
Brief about Palpa, Tansen:
Before Nepal was united, Tansen was the capital of the Palpa kingdom ruled by the Sen Dynasty. The history of Tansen dates back to the 16th century. Prithvi Narayan Shah, who united Nepal, mother was from the Sen Family. For years the Gorkha and Palpa kingdoms were in alliance and combined them took control of western Nepal. Palpa became parted of the Kathmandu kingdom and Tansen became the administrative city for the area.
Most of the people in Tansen are Newars who mainly migrated in the 19th century when trade opportunities opened up here. Most of the people in the surrounding area are Magars and there are also Chhetris and Bahuns.
Palpa Ranighat
The Ranimahal palace is a spectacular site. It was built in 1892 AD/1949 BS by Commander-in-Chief and Governor Khadka Shamsher in memory of his beloved Queen Tej Kumari. The complex including a huge main building surrounded by layered gardens, stone walls and a small shrine, set on a massive rock bed at the bank of the rushing Kali Gandaki river.

Ranighat is also a popular short trek. The trail runs along the Bharangdi Khola river featuring a scenic gorge, mountain brooks, steep forested hills and the rock side of Baikuntha Pahad and Hatti Dhunga, the elephant rock. There is tea, cold and local drinks, food and water to be found along the way.
Early 5am in the morning, enthusiast hikers get up from the bed and called everyone. By 6 am everyone got ready but the local suggested wrong way to Ranighat and delayed our valuable 1 hour. A steep downhill, sleepy path is the only possible available route. Small stream and dark jungles added more excitement, even increased crossing big waterfalls on the way. Life on the edge, a thrilling experience of height, a typical hilly route and friendly locals suggesting the distance and time, thanks to all to give scenic view of Ranighat.
Its afternoon, heading towards top, a tired leg and confident motive are the only alternative. It’s paining a leg, the body and all the muscles still the ultimate destination was far away. More than four hour of uphill and the peak were reached. Then continue with a journey in a vehicle towards Kathmandu. On the way at 12 mid night suddenly the van stopped, A wish was heard, “Happy Birthday Amit”. Cake was cut in the highway and celebrated birthday in a remembering way. Long exciting hike came to an end after reaching Kathmandu at night 3 am. Thanks to all those participants for making the hike remembering.

Following the path
01 Following the path
Breakfast at Naubise
02 Breakfast at Naubise
Breakfast at Naubise-Masu-Cheura
03 Breakfast at Naubise-Masu-Cheura
highway to h---
04 highway to h—
I`m feeling sleepy...
05 I`m feeling sleepy…
Stone Pables
06 Stone Pables
Chitawan on the way
07 Chitawan on the way
The Kitchen Cafe(NarayaGarh)
08 The Kitchen Cafe(NarayaGarh)
09 Looks
Tyo flower chahi aunu parchha hai
10 Tyo flower chahi aunu parchha hai
At the top of Kitchen Cafe
11 At the top of Kitchen Cafe
12 Narayani
13 Oops
Hungry eyes  No interest on camera
14 Hungry eyes No interest on camera
  Balla pet bhario jasto cha
15 Balla pet bhario jasto cha
Change agent-On the way to Butuwal
16 Change agent-On the way to Butuwal
Heading towards Butwal
17 Heading towards Butwal
Tyre puncture
18 Tyre puncture
Mero pani photo  asish babu
19 Mero pani photo asish babu
Showing his skills
20 Showing his skills
Ladies in action
21 Ladies in action
Peeping for camera
22 Peeping for camera
Frens forever
23 Frens forever
Hotel Srinagar
24 Hotel Srinagar
Antique @ Nanglo
25 Antique @ Nanglo
Time for lunch or dinner
26 Time for lunch or dinner
Rani Mahal lies somewhere in between the hills
27 Rani Mahal lies somewhere in between the hills
Down the hill
28 Down the hill
Destination far ahead
29 Destination far ahead
A small way for me
30 A small way for me
Hiking started down the hills
31 Hiking started down the hills
Reminding autumn
32 Reminding autumn
Bridge Made In 1982 BS.
33 Bridge Made In 1982 BS.
Can u see the bird
34 Can u see the bird
RJ n JB Together
35 RJ n JB Together
Friend in need is friend indeed
36 Friend in need is friend indeed
This is called Boxing Pose
37 This is called Boxing Pose
Sachin with his small car
38 Sachin with his small car
Magar missing from AWAL
39 Magar missing from AWAL
Spring fall
40 Spring fall
Foggy trail-1
41 Foggy trail-1
Foggy Trail-2
42 Foggy Trail-2
lifted in the air
43 lifted in the air
Please keep Rani Ghat clean
44 Please keep Rani Ghat clean
I was more beautiful when I born
45 I was more beautiful when I born
Please help me.... i will die soon
46 Please help me…. i will die soon
Standing Tall- Symbol of love
47 Standing Tall- Symbol of love
Alone in the bank of kali
48 Alone in the bank of kali
Backyard view of Rani Mahal
49 Backyard view of Rani Mahal
Don`t Write  I cant hold your love
50 Don`t Write I cant hold your love
Three Ghosts run away from here
51 Three Ghosts run away from here
Enjoying at Mahal
52 Enjoying at Mahal
I wish i cud spend some time here..
53 I wish i cud spend some time here..
Searching for something
54 Searching for something
Successfull hikers
55 Successfull hikers
Setting timer for the shot
56 Setting timer for the shot
Enthusiastic Hikers
57 Enthusiastic Hikers
Swiming pool
58 Swiming pool
Where is my queen
59 Where is my queen
Ranighat from Rani Mahal
60 Ranighat from Rani Mahal
Time for a snap
61 Time for a snap
kaligandaki River
62 kaligandaki River
look..look..a big fish for a lunch..
63 look..look..a big fish for a lunch..
Rest after 3hr down hill
64 Rest after 3hr down hill
Horizon from Ranighat
65 Horizon from Ranighat
Mr. Tupi Prasad
66 Mr. Tupi Prasad
Crosssing the kaligandaki between Palpa and Syangja
67 Crosssing the kaligandaki between Palpa and Syangja
68 Tajmahal-Nepal
Rani Mahal
69 Rani Mahal
Searching for fossils
70 Searching for fossils
Walking on Sandy Bank
71 Walking on Sandy Bank
The bridge
72 The bridge
Preparing food for hikers
73 Preparing food for hikers
Brother and sister
74 Brother and sister
Three posers
75 Three posers
Better give me food....not photograph
76 Better give me food….not photograph
Cracking jokes or...
77 Cracking jokes or…
This is called Bhogate
78 This is called Bhogate
Writing down EU address
79 Writing down EU address
Nanglo West
80 Nanglo West
Waiting for meal at Naglo cafe
81 Waiting for meal at Naglo cafe
Ma hu nepali babu Made in Nepal
82 Ma hu nepali babu Made in Nepal
Happy Birthday Amit
83 Happy Birthday Amit
Birthday Cake @ 12 noon
84 Birthday Cake @ 12 noon
Have some fun with ur bday cake
85 Have some fun with ur bday cake
Hiking from Tansen Height to Rani Mahal was last modified: September 28th, 2015 by Administrator

Blog Comments

  1. sapna

    oow youhave done a great job visiting such a lovely place thanks for providing a great chance to view it guys

  2. Birat

    hello hikers, thanks 4 ru viaiting Palpa especially The Ranimahal. and thanks 4 remembering me to cleen up The symbol of love “Ranimahal”.

  3. Rina

    Hiking through beautiful hills, serene mountain and refreshing forests is always a wonderful experience. I always give it a green light to go such hikes of D2H and keep my adventurous self robust. Thank you Sanjeet dai for listing my name and everyone in the hike team for making this ’2 days hiking’ a memorable and exciting one. Sadly for me the hectic part of this hike was riding Micro Van for hours and hours.

    Girls gossip, Nanglo Bakery’s drink and snacks, Bhanu dai’s snapshot, Kapil and Ravi’s jokes and taking funny pictures with girl gang at night. All full of fun. Hiking trail of Rani Ghat was the best not just because of the beautiful trail but also because of friends chitchat on Deepak’s recollections of his childhood. Yes I felt too bad to find Rani Mahal in such a neglected state.

    My appeal to D2H Hiking Coordinators: Lets make New Year 2009 is a year to go some trekking and explore our beautiful Himalayas of Nepal.

  4. Hiker

    yes i agree sangharsha dai and bhanu dai,there could be some more beautiful pics but we are so attracted by the splendid environment and the spectacular scenes,we are bound to catch the scenes in our mind and eyes rather than clicking the pics in camera:) :smile: :lol:

  5. DeepakM

    One of my memorable hike!..had a great time with friends:) but the Ranighat Palace somewhat disappointed us:(. Nevertheless, route was excellent! …Still makes me believe: Sometimes(manytimes!) journey is much more beautiful than the destination.

  6. sangharsha

    I wish I could be on the trip. But this travelogue has urged me to make this one of the must visit place.
    Some pictures are good:
    41 Foggy trail-1 – this is the most beautiful one.
    62 kaligandaki River
    63 look..look..a big fish for a lunch..
    72 The bridge
    74 Brother and sister
    But I somewhat agree with Bhanu – I too expected much more great shots from this trip.

  7. Bhanu

    Thanks for your supportive comment.
    I wish we could have done better, we got 4-5 cameras, 2 whole day of time, one of the best hiking trails and a bunch of wonderful people in this hiking. But I am happy with the pictures and completely satisfied with the hiking. My only wish is to create temptation of visiting the place for viewer of this site by photos and inside story.
    From your response I think we are successful.
    Thanks a lot again.
    :grin: :grin:

  8. Shutterbug

    Shutterbug‘s Picture Rating:

    Creative Shot : ’72 The bridge’
    Journalistic Shot : ‘ 74 Brother and sister’
    Hilarious Shot : ’20 Showing his skills’
    Well Composed Shot : ’72 The bridge’ & ’41 Foggy trail-1′
    Perfect Shot : ‘ 74 Brother and sister’
    Prize winning shot : ‘ 74 Brother and sister’

    Dear Bhanu ji,
    Let’s not underestimate pictures posted above. Technically those pictures could be ‘LOUSY’ but every picture holds some memory. And such memory may value more than this Shutterbug’s mere rating. So, be positive and keep clicking pictures anytime anywhere.

    Dear Amit, my belated Birthday Wish. Celebrating Birthday inside D2H’s Van must be very memorable. Am I right?

    I haven’t been to Rani Mahal yet but the pictures here tempted me to list Rani Mahal as ‘a must visit destination’ in the year 2009. Vacant rooms, creepy corridors and melancholy castle. It certainly looks eerie like Jasmine said, and someday I wish to go there not just as a photographer but also as a ‘Ghost Hunter’.

  9. Ravi

    RaniMahal – Palace build by Khadga Shamser(in 1893 AD) in memory of his beloved wife Tej Kumari.
    It took 4 years to build.

    Feels gr8 to be the part of such historical place.
    For the first time in my hike ever hiking started down the hill.
    Enjoyed this hike. :lol:

  10. SG

    I always dream to go to RANI MAHAL, fortunately I got a chance to be there. That was the best hike/event of my life…never forget it… thanks for all participants…you all will be in my memory forever :wink:

  11. AA

    Exciting trip…….Fresh memories…….Lots of fun…Happy to being a part of such a adventurous trip……. :roll: :lol:

  12. Anonymous

    Exciting trip…….Fresh memories…….Lots of fun…Happy to being a part of such a adventurous trip……. :roll: :lol:

  13. HimalK

    I hiked to Rani Mahal on 1996. Good to see that restorations have made the palace a lot better than when I visited. Couldn’t help but notice the pictures of Nanglo West!! Funny how everyone from Kathmandu (we included) ends up eating there :) Perhaps a homage to the successful Nanglo chain in Kathmandu started by the same owner.

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