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Rani Mahal (Ranighat Palace)- Palpa, Nepal

Rani Mahal (Ranighat Palace)- Palpa, Nepal

Rani Mahal is a palace of Rana situated on the banks of the Kali Gandaki River in Nepal's district of Palpa. General Khadga Samsher Rana JBR built this palace in 1893.

Also known as Nepal's Taj Mahal, Rani Mahal was constructed as the token of love for General Khadga Shumsher Jung Bahadur Rana's beloved late wife. Here in this article, we have listed a few things that are necessary to get to Rani Mahal.

How to get to Rani Mahal?

The palace was built between Syangja and Palpa, on the banks of the Kali Gandaki River, in the 19th century. Located at a distance of 13 km from Tansen, the palace looks beautiful sitting at a secluded and peaceful location on a large rock.

Getting to Rani Mahal by Bus

Arriving from Tansen to the Rani Mahal, Palpa is reasonably straightforward. A local bus goes there at 2:00 pm for $1 per person, but you must walk for around 25 minutes. Town hotels have a private jeep. It is not easy, and it is jam-packed with locals from nearby villages, but it was the fastest way to get there.

Rani Mahal

At  Amar Narayan Temple, you will find the jeeps for 140 rupees ($1.40). They leave about 2:30 pm regularly, but it's best to get there about 2:00 to grab a seat as they fill up early. The same jeep will drive you back at 8:30 am the next morning. The journey is about an hour and a half.

On foot

You can also reach the Ranighat Palace by hiking along the same path that the jeep follows. The journey is about 2 hours downhill from Tansen and 4 hours uphill on the way out. If you plan to go on foot, hiking here could be worth it and taking the jeep back.

History of Rani Mahal (Ranighat Palace)

General Khadga Samsher Rana was forced to lower his royal titles in 1887 and was sent to Palpa-Gauda as Head of Nepal's Western Governor. 

Khadga Shumsher 's beloved youngest wife Tej Kumari Devi died at Palpa-Gauda in 1892 and within one year Khadga built a palace and named Rani Mahal after his wife.

Rani Mahal

The tern Rani Mahal translates into the Queen's Palace in English. The General also called the surrounding forest Rani Ban (Rani forest) and got the Ghats Rani Ghat. In 1902, Khadga Samsher Rana and his family fled to India, leaving Rani Mahal after which the Mahal fell into disrepair.

Architecture of Rani Mahal

Away from the hustle and bustle of the Tansen Bazaar, sitting on the bank of the river with the most glamorous light, a neo-classical art and architecture is the eye-catching palace where every aspect projected the ounce of affection.

The woods, the wetlands, the stairwell cases and the banks of the river all reflect Khadga Shumsher 's love for his late wife. Rani Mahal looks beautiful and is regarded as a jewel of Palpa and a perfect example of love.

It took the Palace five years to complete as each piece of the building had been studied. In the palace, there are a dozen rooms, lovely pools, a mosque, a splendid garden surrounding the area, guest rooms, kitchen etc.

Rani Mahal Today

As Khadga Samsher left the palace and fled to India, without any proper owner or caretaker Rani Mahal was left behind. The state of the palace was a concern of Nepal's government and locals alike. 

Rani Mahal

By the end of the 20th century, Rani Mahal had been practically ruined. Very few tourists had visited the palace, mostly by those most interested in Nepal's history.

Currently, Nepal's government has begun a program of renovation and rehabilitation to restore and expand the palace to its original condition. This will not only protect the national heritage resources, but it will also expand the tourist possibilities in the region and result in different projects.

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