Bandipur is a predominantly Newari settlement located on a hilltop midway between the long drive from Kathmandu to Pokhara. Most old trading routes between Nepal and Tibet have transformed into modern hubs. However, Bandipur retains its ancient flavor, reflected by its architecture, lifestyle, people and culture, and its harmony with nature.
Taking the age-old route from Dumre Bazaar, you will traverse uphill through lush, pristine forests till you find yourself in a quaint township where very little has changed despite the time. Cultural activities are still conducted with enthusiasm here. The temples and shrines, sacred cave dwellings, numerous festivals, and houses with intricate Newari architecture reflect the bygone days of the old Kathmandu Valley.
Situated at an altitude of 1005 meters, standing proudly on a saddle, the township overlooks the Marshyangdi River Valley. This vantage point also gives you breathtaking vistas of the Himalayas, specifically Gorkha Himal.
The surrounding hills provide excellent trails for hiking and take you through ethnic settlements, virgin forests, and hilltop shrines that doubled as fortresses in bygone eras.
This culturally and naturally intact settlement is a must-visit, must-see destination that offers splendid hiking trails, a taste of mountain village culture, and stunning mountain and valley views.
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