Bandipur is a hill destination, situated in Tanahun district (1,005 m) on the way to Pokhara. Bandipur is 138 km. far from Kathmandu. This municipality was established in 18 May 2014 by merging with existing Dharampani and Bandipur VDC’s. Because of its preserved, old time cultural atmosphere, Bandipur has increasingly been coming to the attention of Tourism. Total number of household there is 3750. Bandipur is located at 27.56 N, 84.25 E and an elevation of 1030m on a mountain saddle (Mahabharata Range) approximately 700m above the Marshyangdi River Valley. Since 1998, it is connected by an 8 km. access road from Dumbre (Kathmandu – Pokhara Highway). The mind – boggling natural scenery of the surrounding hillocks and a beautiful view of the snow – capped mountains to the north lures the nature lovers. There is a majestic view of Jugal Himal, Langtang, Gorkha Himal, Ganesh Himal, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Kanjiroba from Bandipur. There we find the Marshyangdi Valley with its own characteristics
Bandipur was established as a funneling point of trade by Newars traders from Bhaktapur in the Kathmandu Valley after it has been conquered in 1768 by Prithvi Narayan Shah. They took an advantage of its malaria free location to develop it into an important stop along the India- India trade route. They brought their cultural heritage and architecture which basically has remained unchanged to this day.
We find the Newari architecture in all houses and temples. The ancient slate – roofed buildings of Bandipur town, scenic surrounding villages and the pagoda style temples are its prime attractions. The artistic wooden lattice, windows and stone paved streets reflect the artistic works of Kathmandu. Bandipur is surrounded by the green forests, so it is peaceful and fresh environment for the visitors. Bandipur also gives an opportunity for the cultural exchange.
The Tundikhel, an open air field is to view the surrounding mountain as well as the Marshyangdi valley. The uphill path from Tundikhel leads to Khadga Devi Temple. The temple is opened for the visitors on the seventh day of Dashain Festival. There are many other places to visit like Tin Dhara, Bindhabasini and Mukundeshwori.Mukundeshwori is an important tribal power place on the top of the hill. The shrine is festooned with numerous bells and tridents. It is especially revered by Gurungs. Some knives and swords were apparently placed by victorious warriors in the past.
The hillsides of Bandipur are famous for caves having age long history. There is Patali cave, has its religious importance. Sidhha cave, lying to the north – east of the town was discovered only a few years ago. The stalactites and stalagmites rich in the shape as if they were carved by the divine artists are the major attractions for the visitors.
The original inhabitants of this place are Magars and Gurungs. The town area is invaded by the Newars. In the village side, we find the blending of Magars, Gurungs and Brahmins. Locals mostly celebrate festivals based on Hinduism. Magars celebrate Chandi Purnima which is observed in the full moon of Baishakh. Unmarried Magar girls perform the Ghatu dance in this occasion. The popular dance in the local area is Chudka.
Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350 m) and Transfer to hotel
Day 02:Sightseeing of World Heritage sites in Kathmandu valley
Day 03:Drive from Kathmandu to Bandipur (1,030 m), 4 hours. Overnight stay at hotel
Day 04:Sightseeing around Bandipur village, trek to Raniban, Orchid trail and back to hotel
Day 05:Sightseeing at Sidhha Cave, Ramkot Village and return back to Hotel
Day 06:Drive back to Kathmandu from Bandipur. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu
Day 07:Transfer to the Airport
Day 01Arrival in Kathmandu (1,350 m) and Transfer to hotelUpon your arrival at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu, our representative from Himkala Adventure greets you heartily and transfers to hotel. After check in hotel, you could get refreshed and take rest for a while. You could explore Thamel, the modern touristy shops, the blending of ethnic stuffs, garment textiles and curio shops, good smell from the restaurants, breathtaking architecture, stunning pageantry, and history so alive, you find the dark alleys, vendors and sacred cows on the street. Overnight at Kathmandu
Day 02Sightseeing of World Heritage sites in Kathmandu valley After breakfast, we get ready for the day tour in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We begin our tour from Swoyambhunath Stupa, lovingly called it ‘Monkey Temple’, perched in conical shaped hill, 77 m high from the ground floor. The site of Swoyambhu Mahachaitya is the cradle of Bajrayana Buddhism, a traditional unique to Kathmandu Valley. Bajrayana is a tantric variation of the Mahayana (the larger vehicle) Tradition.This place is the spiritual house of all the Buddhas and the Bodhisattvas symbolized by the five Dhyani Buddhas:Aksobya in the East, Ratnasambhava in the South, Amitabha in the West, AmoghaSiddhi in the North and Vairochana in the Center.Shatikat Acharya, the great tantric has built a temple for each of the five elements wind, earth, fire, water and sky. The hemispherical garba is made of brick and stone. Tibetan believers pour lime down the chaitya as a ritual to cure illnesses of family members. The magnificent temple on the western side of the dome is Harati temple, dedicated to mother protrectress known as Shitala for Hindus and Ajima for Newari and Harati for Buddhists, attracts worshippers for the protection of children against diseases. After this we drive 2 and half kilometers to Kathmandu Durbar Square. The Durbar Square is actually made up of two sub areas. The outer complex is renowned for numerous interesting temples as Kumari Ghar, Kasthamandap, Shiva-Parvati Temple, Jagannath Temple, Big Bell etc. while the inner complex comprises the old palace area, Hanuman Dhoka and its courtyards as Nasal Chowk, Mul Chowk, Sundari Chowk, Lohan Chowk, Mohan Chowk, Basantapur Durbar and others. Besides the magnificent temples and shrines, other interesting aspects are various festivals, cultural activities and traditions people are following from centuries.The mystical charm of the Durbar Square allures the visitors to spend hours wondering around the area.The sites is being renovated after the massive earthquake – 2015. Another place, after 6 km drive is Boudhanath stupa, one of the greatest stupas in the world. This has been partially damaged by the earthquake and now under restoration. The splendid dome of Boudha Stupa is approximately 120 ft in diameter, 1 hector in width and 43.25 m in height.It is known as Jyarung Khashyor. This stupa is religiously, culturally and archeologically very important. It has become the center of a thriving town of monasteries, craftsmanship, and businesses. It is believed that those who reside around this great stupa will never have to suffer from the hunger, famine and unfavorable conditions. The other important sites around Boudha Stupa are Ajima Temple, Guru Lhakhang Monastery, Samteling Monastery, Jhamchen Lhakhang and Palri Tahsi Migyur Dorje Gyaltsen Ling etc. There are more than 28 monasteries around this area. The fourth place we visit is Pashupatinath Temple, Shiva temple, described Him as Lord of the entire living beings and the source of eternal bliss and peace. Pashupatinath Temple is the holiest temples of the world revered and worshipped both by Hindus and Buddhists.We can see the cremation ghat, ritual bathers, priests performing ritual activities, and the sadhus lying smearing ashes in their bodies half naked. Since time immemorial, the Pashupati Area has been a place of prayer and worship for freedom from worldly bondage as well as a place of meditation to realize oneself as part of the Supreme Self. We can see the main Shiva Temple with its golden roof and silver doors, the Basuki Naga Temple, Shivalayas with phallic idols, other temples dedicated to Rama and Vishnu, the temple dedicated to mother goddess Parvati etc. After the sightseeing, we return back to hotel. Overnight at Kathmandu
Day 03Drive from Kathmandu to Bandipur (1,030 m), 4 hours. Overnight stay at hotel After breakfast, we drive to Bandipur, situated 1,030 m high from the sea level. It is 143 km west to the Kathmandu, 73 km south from Pokhara, 70 km North of Chitwan and 8 km from Dumre Bazaar on the Prithivi Highway (Kathmandu – Pokhara) highway. Bandipur, located in hill top can be reached after 4 hours drive, has preserved the Newari architecture. The scenery around and the scintillating views of the mountain ranges is unbelievable. Bandipur is known as the queen of all villages. Overnight at Bandipur
Day 04Sightseeing around Bandipur village, trek to Raniban, Orchid trail and back to hotel After breakfast, we walk around Bandipur Village. We find the art and craftsmanship there so intricate and elegant of Newari that we feel this is the living museum. Its winding lanes are lined with traditional Newari houses. There is another relic is a soccer field sized Tundikhel to the northeast of Bandipur. Besides this, we can visit the Bindyabasini Temple, Library in the village center. We then trek to Raniban. We follow the orchid trail and back to hotel. Overnight at Bandipur
Day 05Sightseeing at Sidhha Cave, Ramkot Village and return back to Hotel After breakfast, we hike to uphill to Magar village of Ramkot to see their lifestyle from where we can view amazing view of Annapurna and Manaslu. We then go downhill trek to Siddha Cave following the dense forest for around 2 hours. The cave is 437 m long and 45 m high which is newly discovered cave, the largest cave in Asia. We further trek down to Bimalnagar and drive back to hotel. Overnight at Bandipur
Day 06Drive back to Kathmandu from Bandipur. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu After breakfast, we drive back to Kathmandu the same highway. If you would like to extend tour, we can organize your tour to Gorkha, Pokhara, Chitwan, Lumbini etc. After arrival in Kathmandu, we check in hotel. Overnight at Kathmandu
Day 07Transfer to the Airport The Hill Resort tour to Bandipur ends today with lot more memories of countryside and the panoramic views. We depart you to the airport 3 hours before your flight. If you have time for shopping, we can help you visit the local market. Finally we escort you to the airport and say bye and wish you have safe and happy journey. Namaste!!!