PALPA: The arrival of tourists has picked up after the Palpa Durbar was turned into a museum.
The domestic and foreign tourists are flocking the multipurpose durbar museum. Around 30 to 50 tourists visit the museum on a daily basis, said Curator, Bishnu Khanal. The reconstruction of the Palpa Durbar in its old model seems to have attracted more tourists.
The Rana-era Durbar was destroyed during the Maoist attack on Feburary 1, 2007. It had been used for administrative works before the attack by the then Maoist rebels.
The reconstruction work started on July 17, 2007 and completed on September 5, 2013. Its importance was enhanced after a decision to turn it into a museum. It is assumed that the palace was constructed by Jung Bahadur Rana’s brother Badri Narsingh from 1911 BS to 1930 BS. The palace initially built in the model of Singha Durbar had collapsed and later it was rebuilt by Pratap Shumsher in 1982 BS, historical records show.
The palace has 13 rooms and a rest room on the ground floor, 13 rooms on the first floor with one rest room and 15 rooms with two rest rooms on the second floor, Curator Khanal said, adding that its importance has grown as it was reconstructed in the former model.
Khanal shared that the tourist flow increased after the establishment of the museum office on January 17. RSS