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Bandipur is a small hilltop Newari settlement originally. It has been recently declared as a Municipality (18th May 2014 ) in Tanahu District, Gandaki Zone northwest about 145 km away from Kathmandu, and about 85 km away from east of Pokhara. Bandipur is located about 1050m from the sea level. According to the 2011 Nepal Census, 15600 population was living in 3750 individual household.
Bandipur was once a prosperous trading center by Newar traders from Bhaktapur in Kathmandu valley after it had been conquered in 1768 by Prithivi Narayan Shah. They took advantage of its Malaria free location to develop it into an important stop along the India-Tibet trade route. With them they brought their cultural heritage and architecture which basically has untouched by the modern influence today. But originally a simple Magar village.
Bandipur bazaar is situated on a ridge above the highway town of Dumre, and presents sightseers with a headymix of history, architecture, incredible views, awesome caves and unspoiled landscapes. Bandipur has been described as a natural view tower, providing a spectacular panorama of the entire Annapurna Range plus the peaks of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and Langtang to the Marsyangdi valley which is below 500m. Apart from the stunning views of the Himalaya and the Marsyangdi valley, a visit to the town is an opportunity to get a close look at Newar cultural life that reflects the refined civilization of the Kathmandu valley.
Packages: 6 nights / 7 days
Highlights: 4 nights Kathmandu and 2 nights Bandipur.
Day 01: Upon arrival at the Kathmandu Tribhuwan international airport, Nepal.
I will be on standby air-condition vehicle and displaying your named template at the airport on that day to pick you up and transfer to your hotel then within one hour later, will go to orientation walk to get familiar with your surrounding or sightseeing in Kathamndu valley if possible otherwise, will be rest in your hotel.
Day 02: Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley by a.c. vehicle.
Boudanath stupa (one of the biggest Buddhist temple in Nepal), One of the holy place of Pashupatinath temple, Swayambhunath stupa ( monkey temple ), and Hanuman dhoka durbar square (Kathmandu durbar square). Transfer to your hotel.
Day 03: Full day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley by a.c. vehical.
Patan durbar square, Bhaktapur durbar square and One of the oldest Hindu temple Changunarayan. After drive back to hotel and overnight.
Day 04: We will drive to Bandipur by private vehicle 6 hrs. and hiking in surrounding areas- Raniban, returned to the hotel, cultural show if possible.
After breakfast, we will drive to Bandipur about 6 hours. The drive itself is interesting as we get past numerous villages negotiating the road that seems to have never ending bends. On the way to Bandipur, we will see tiny villages, landscape, small towns etc. we will have a lunch after 4 hours.The scenery on the way is magnificent. But the thing of true beauty is saved for the moment we arrive in Bandipur ? the whole vista just opens up on the north side as we get off our vehicle. After refreshing, we will go for hiking in the surrounding area in Bandipur then, we can see exotic views of the Himalaya in the northern part when we will be in Raniban.The mixed Sal forest is located to the east of the main bazaar. It is a tranquilhaven for nature enthusiasts with abundant local flora and fauna, including Langurs, orchids, butterflies etc. Overnight at hotel.
Day 05: Hike to Ramkot Village up to Siddha Cave.
Ramkot is a two hours easy hike to the west of Bandipur. It passes through Muchuk village from where you can also visit Mukundeswari. It is a typical Magar village with traditional round houses, untouched by modern development offering an opportunity to experience authentic lifestyle of rural Nepal. From here, one can go on to Chabdi Barahi, a pilgrimage sport, which can be reached after two hours of easy hiking.
On the other hand, Bandipur`s hillsides are dotted with caves, often carrying religious significance for the locals. One of the popular destination to see here is the Siddha Cave discovered only in 1987. It is rich in stalactites and stalagmites, it is said to be the largest cave in the Himalaya region. Siddha Cave is situated just above the cliff of Bimalnagar, from where it is 30 minute climb. Overnight at hotel.
Day 06: After breakfast, we will drive back to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel.
Day 07: After breakfast, we will transfer to the Airport for your onward destination.
After this cultural, historical and hiking tour if you would interest for further activities like national park safari, rafting tour, Hiking tour, Trekking etc. I organize the trip according to your desire. If you decided to leave Nepal then I transfer to Airport for your onward destination.
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