The Siddhartha Highway attractions

Hindu Temple in Tansen (Palpa)

Amar Narayan Mandir

At the bottom of Asan Tole (the steep road running east from Sitalpati), the Amar Narayan Mandir is a classic three-tiered, pagoda-style wooden temple. The mandir was built in 1807 by Amar Singh Thapa, the first gov…
Palace in Tansen (Palpa)

Tansen Durbar

At the southern end of Sitalpati is the striking red Tansen Durbar, which has been nicely restored after being razed during one of the Maoist insurgency’s most violent battles. The original building was built for th…
Plaza in Tansen (Palpa)


The main square in Tansen is dominated by (and named after) a curious octagonal pavilion, used for public functions in the days when Tansen was ruled by the governors of the Shah regime. Today it’s a popular meeting…
Gate in Tansen (Palpa)

Baggi (Mul) Dhoka

The local governor used to ride out to greet his subjects on an elephant through this grand gateway south of Sitalpati.