Tansen is situated on the slopes of Shreenagar Hill at an altitude of 1343 meters. A perfect place to spend summer days on account of its location and climate, the views from Tansen are spectacular. Towards the north you have an ultra-wide mountain panorama all the way from Mt. Dhaulagiri in the west to Mt. Gauri Sankar in the east. Look downhill and you have a sweeping view of the Tinau river valley, the churia hills, and the Terai.
Tansen is a town for all ages and all states of mind. It has been popular for both tourists and locals, as it remains free from urban pollution, hectic hustle bustle and remains untouched by the waves of modernity. There is an inimitable charm as its ancient history, friendly locales and excellent mountain views all combine to present a memorable visit. Its rural lifestyle is highly cherished as typical village houses, pagoda style temples and stupas are found alongside revealing mountain ranges.
It takes around six hours to get to Tansen from Pokhara. Perched high above the Kali Gandaki River, Tansen lie midway in between Pokhara and Butwal and is far enough off the radar to make it a rewarding detour for independent travellers. Tansen’s principle attraction is both its Newari appeal and unique medieval feel.
The most acclaimed sight close Tansen is the ghostly Ranighat Durbar on the east bank of the Kali Gandaki. Fancifully alluded to as Nepal’s Taj Mahal, this disintegrating florid castle was built in 1896 by Khadga Shamsher Rana in memory of his darling wife, Tej Kumari.