The picturesque town of Tansen is the headquarters of Palpa District and the hub of the culture of the mid-west. The ancient hill town of Tansen offers a more tranquil atmosphere where time moves slowly, and the laid-back lifestyle of the locals is infectious. "Tansen" has its origins in the Magar language, meaning "northern settlement."
The popular attractions of Tansen are the cobbled streets in the old bazaar that showcases a way of life quite different from Pokhara's Lakeside; Shreenagar Hills; Rani Mahal, once a vibrant palace on the banks of the Kali Gandaki River. Tansen showcases some old artistic Newari houses as centuries ago, Newar businessmen from Kathmandu relocated in Tansen to trade, bringing with them their art and architecture.
The nearest airport is in Lumbini about 62.1 km, travelers can take a bus from there and reach Tansen in about two hours. Moderate hotels and lodges are available for accommodation in Tansen, Palpa.