Palpa District is a part of Province No. 5. It is one of the seventy-seven districts of Nepal. The district, with Tansen Municipality as its headquarters, covers an area of 1,373 km2 and has a population (2011) of 261,180.

Palpa District is not far from Pokhara and easily reached by bus. The ancient hill town of Tansen in this district offers a more tranquil atmosphere where laid back lifestyle is infectious. Walk down the cobbled streets in the old bazaar to discover a way of life. Explore the Shreenagar Hills or do a day hike to the Rani Mahal, once a vibrant palace on the banks of the Kali Gandaki River. Palpa was the seat of the Sen kingdom that ruled over this region from 16th century for almost 300 years so Headquarter of Palpa is called “Tansen”.

At the time of the 2011 Nepal census, this District had a population of 261,180. Out of which, 62.1% speak Nepali, 34.1% Magar, 2.0% Newari and 0.6% Kumal as their first language.

This district is famous for various kinds of handicrafts and cottage industries. Furthermore, one of which is a typical water jug, Karuwa of bronze.

The Magar and the Newar people make up a larger percentage of the population in the district. The other ethnic groups residing in Palpa are the Brahmin, Chhetri, Bhojpuri, Tharu, Gurung, Tamang, and Limbu.

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