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The Hill Stations

 

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Bandipur :

Bandipur, a pleasant and charming hill town is situated on the hill-crest that offers a magnificent view of the central Nepal Himalayas and the Marsyangdi Valley. Located somewhat mid-way between Kathmandu and Pokhara and only eight kilometers above the Prithvi Highway, it is the ideal spot for travelers to take a lunch-break, stretch the body with a refreshing swim or simply gaze at the enchanting mountain views.

  

Gorkha :

Gorkha is a scenic hill-town with great historical significance where King Prithvi Narayan Shah, who unified the Kingdom of Nepal during eighteenth century, was born in the township. Gorkha is situated on a small hillock at an attitude of about 1000 m. The town of Gorkha located at a distance of 144 km/90 miles, north-west of Kathmandu was the ancient Kingdom of the present Shah Kings. The black coated road ends just below the Gorkha town and all tour of this place has to be done on foot. Gorkha palace located on top of a hill overlooking the town of Gorkha, can be reached after a steep uphill climb of an hour and a half. Though the main palace courtyard is closed to all foreigners, one can however enter the outer part, which offers a spectacular birds eye view of the Gorkha town. From the top of the hill above Gorkha palace and from a saddle east of the bazaar, the view of Manaslu and Himalchuli is spectacular. For the more energetic hiker, a further climb of half an hour is suggested. This particular point known as Upalla-kot gives the best aerial view of the palace. Gorkha can be reached by road in conjunction with Pokhara or a same day trip can be undertaken from Kathmandu.

 

Palpa :

 

Tansen, Palpa :

Palpa is a district of Lumbini zone & Tansen (Tansing, the original Magar name) is its headquarters. In the past Tansen was on the trade route between the plains and hills. Tansen is between Pokhara (5 hrs, 110kms) and Bhairahawa (2 hrs, 55kms) and pleasant place to stop on the way or cover in a package between the two places. It is also known for metalware and dhaka (material for Nepali hat & shawl).

The great views of Madi valley from town, day trip hike to Ranighat Palace, excellent Mountain views from Srinagar Danda are the main attraction of Tansen. The town is built on steep. Before the unification of Nepal (1806 AD), Tansen was the capital of Palpa kingdom ruled by Sen Dynasty & also powerful administrative city of Western Region of United Nepal for many years. Most of the people in Tansen are Newars who mainly migrated in the 19th century when trade opportunities opened up here. The city is surrounded by Magars, Chhetries & Brahmans.

The main attractions of Palpa are :

- Tansen Durbar (Palace) :

This former palace of the provincial governor was built in the Rana style and is now government office. It has an impressive but run-down eastern gate called Baggi Dhoka, or Mul Dhoka. Outside the gate is a public square called Sitalpati.

- Amar Narayan Temple :

This temple is a traditional three-tiered pagoda-style temple built in 1806. It has well carved doors and has some intricate woodwork. It has erotic figures on the roof struts. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful temples outside of Kathmandu Valley. The temple was built by Amar Singh Thapa, who annexed Tansen to become part of Nepal.

- Bhagawati Temple :

This temple, near the Tansen Durbar was originally built in 1815 to commemorate the victory over the British at Butwal. It was renovated in 1035 and 1974 after earthquakes. In the area there are small temples dedicated by Ganesh, Saraswati and Siva.

- Srinagar Danda :

Srinagar Danda is a 1600m high hill just north of Tansen, from where there are excellent views over the Kali Gandaki River of the Himalaya. You can see Kanjiroba in the west to Annapurna and to Langtang in the east.

- Ranighat Durbar (Palace) :

Ranighat Palace