After breakfast we load our bags in the bus before walking down into the town. Tansen was the ancient capital of the Magar kingdom Palpa, a powerful regional principality that even came close to conquering Kathmandu in the 16th century. The Magar kings lost influence in the 18th century and Tansen became a Newari bazaar and trading centre on the important trade route between India and Tibet.
Because it was a district administrative center of the Kingdom of Nepal, Maoists targeted Tansen several times during the Nepalese Civil War, including a major assault on the historic Durbar or palace compound in 2006. The palace was bombed as it was next to the police station and the city was held under siege for quite some time.
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