Tansen

Located between Pokhara and Lumbini, Tansen is crammed with Newari houses and shops on the sides of narrow streets.  It is a refreshing town not geared towards tourists. You will get to enjoy the fresh climate while exploring the narrow always of Tansen. Tansen is perfect for short and long treks offering beautiful vantage points. Metalwork and weaving of “Dhaka” are important local industries. Visit the Taksar Tole where you will find a number of shops displaying a variety of metal crafts. Make sure you take the metal crafts, typical Nepali cap or the shawl made of “Dhaka” as souvenirs for your friends and family back home. Organic coffee produced in the area is also gaining in popularity and is being exported to United States and Europe.

Even though the Magar communities were the first settlers, Newars are now the major communities residing in the area. The Newars have reputation of being skilled craftsman which can be seen in Tansen as well. Tansen celebrates numerous festivals and fairs as it is home to number of different ethnic groups. Ridi Mela (fair) is a 3 day festival held in January/February at the Ridi Bazaar. It is the main festival of the region and is visited by numerous Hindu Pilgrims from Nepal and India. Other famous fairs are Satyawati Mela, Satyawati Mela and Parvas Mela.