Tansen was our first stop on our trip to Nepal and it was a great introduction to the laid back nature of traditional Nepalese villages. It was a relief to stay in such a quiet and chilled out place after the chaos in India.
The biggest thing we noticed about Nepal is that there are no auto-rickshaws – which means no constant ‘beep beep beeeep’. Although it does mean that transport is either by foot, or by shared jeep, which is a little less convenient than auto-rickshaws.
Journey to Tansen
We caught a bus from Bhairawa (a short cycle rickshaw from the border) to Bartun (rs.100 each), and then caught a shared jeep up the link road to Tansen (rs.15 each).
You can also catch direct buses from Bhairawa to Tansen, although these are less frequent.
City View Homestay
How much does it cost? Rs.400 per room (shared bathroom)
Location: A short walk uphill from the main roundabout in Tansen (take the street to the left of the Bakery), follow the signs for GETUP Palpa.
We stayed in City View Homestay (part of GETUP Palpa – Tourist Information) on our first night in Tansen. We had a large twin room which faced the main street and had views across the hills. The room was clean and quiet and the bathroom was only shared by two rooms.
On our second night in Tansen we had to move to a different homestay as City View was fully booked – however they organised the next homestay for us. The homestay was only a couple of metres down the road from City View, and was the same price and standard.
If you want to organise a homestay in Tansen then I recommend going to GETUP Palpa and they can organise it for you. At the time of writing the GETUP Palpa email address supplied in the rough guides book (firstname.lastname@example.org) was not working, however, if you email City View Homestay (email@example.com) ,they can help as they are run by the same owner.
There are little major sights in Tansen, however there are some great days walks on offer.
We did a small walk up Srinagar Hill to the Buddha statue and sat at one of the viewing points and had a picnic whilst admiring the view.
There seems to be a lack of cheap eating places in Tansen – there are two major tourist restaurants, one which is situated next to the main Bakery on the roundabout, and one named Nanglo West (Bhagatwati Tol, Shitalpati). However, in my opinion these are overpriced, serving a range of bad western food and dulled down traditional Nepalese dishes.
If you wander around town you will find a couple of small local cafes – none of which seem to have a menu, however most serve Daal Bhaat and Chowmein. We found a small café on our second night and managed to get two vegetable chowmein’s and two bottles of coke for only rs.160.
Another speciality in Tansen (and around) seems to be Doughnuts – they are a little less sweet than the western variety, but delicious nonetheless. The price of a doughnut ranges from between rs.5 and rs.10.