Bandipur is a hilltop settlement in Tanahu District of Nepal. It is situated just off the Kathmandu-Pokhara Highway at an altitude of 1,005 meters. “Draped like a scarf along a high ridge above Dumre, Bandipur is a living museum of Newari culture” (Lonely Planet). This ancient trading post lies cradled in the saddle of some of the country's most beautiful foothills, within a panoramic view of the snow capped Himalayas including Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Machhapuchre, Manaslu, Himalchuli. The town is renowned for its incredible architecture and for having maintained the community’s cultural integrity. More than 70% of the buildings in the main streets of the town are traditional Newari houses, with carved wooden windows and overhanging slate roofs. The Bandipur community has managed to preserve its heritage and old time cultural atmosphere, thus being recognized as one of the popular eco-cultural tourism spots in Nepal. Bandipur is becoming a well-known destination on the tourism map of Nepal.

Bandipur, a hidden treasure

Bandipur is becoming a well-known destination on the tourism map of Nepal. Tourists enjoy the unique Newari architecture, the retained community heritage and relatively easy accessibility. There is still potential for expansion of the tourism business in Bandipur, with many opportunities yet to be explored and utilized. At present Bandipur has a few Newari style guesthouses and some modern hotels in and around the central market way. On clear days tourists may experience a magnificent view of the Himalayas including Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Manaslu, Himalchuli, Ganesh, and Langtang, to name but a few. The landscape surrounding Bandipur offers close to 200 species of forest plants, including over 25 varieties of orchids, and about 50 species of birds. Neighboring Magar, Gurung, Bahun, Chhetri, and Dalit villages all contribute to the cultural diversity of the region.

 

Other attractions and activities in and around Bandipur include:

 

    - Khadga Devi Temple
    - Bindyabashini temple
    - Thani Mai Temple on top of Gurungchhe hill
    - Tindhara (public washing place at the south-eastern outskirts)
    - Raniban (Queen's Forest)
    - The downhill trek to the Siddha Cave, probably the largest cave in Asia
    - A six hour hike to and from Chabdi Barah, a sacred pond with sacred fish
    - Various Newari and Gurung-Magar festival sthroughout the year
    - The popular Sorathi and Chutka dances
    - Mukundeswari, a little shrine with swords used by King Mukunda Sen at the western end of the hill.
    A five hour hike to and from Ramkot village inhabited my Magar communities in their traditional houses.

     

 

 

   

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