Tansen was a pitstop for us on our way to Pokhara from Bardiya. The drive from Bardiya to Pokhara is almost 11 hours and Tansen was an obvious choice owing to it’s location almost halfway. The other option we had was Lumbini, which is considered to be the birth place of Buddha, but we could not find decent accommodation/homestay there and hence we drove a little ahead.
We stayed at the City View B&B in Tansen, a small homestay which has the best balcony in town with a beautiful view of the mountains, and hosts who can sit with you all day and tell you stories about the city, the nation, themselves or anything at all. They recommended a small hike upto the Buddha statue and the City watch tower which is pretty much the only thing to do in Tansen.
Royal Inn and Nanglo West are two cafes in town which serve the best momos and Thukpa. They have something called the Curry momos (C-momos) where they serve steamed momos in a tomato curry. I don’t think I have had better tasting momos ever in my life.
1. Tansen is a small hill station with nice short treks and hospitable people around. Do pay a visit while you are on your way to Pokhara and you won’t be disappointed.
2. Alcohol is sold on every other shop in the whole nation. There is no permit or extra taxes on the sale of alcohol. You will find even the smallest roadside grocery shop selling all kinds of beer and local whiskey.
3. Tansen did not get it’s name from Tansen, the singer in the Mughal court, in case you are wondering.