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  • Bandipur in Nepal - An Offbeat Destination 🤩

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  • Bandipur
    Bandipur
    Visit b/w Oct and Feb
    When a few friends and I were trekking in Nepal, we had a few days to spare. One of the locals told us to visit Bandipur and we were like "There's a Bandipur in Nepal??". We only knew the one in Karnataka! We decided we had to check this place out and drove down from Kathmandu.
  • Kathmandu
    Kathmandu
    Taxi to Bandipur cost NR 500Bus costs about NR 20
    We decided to drive from Kathmandu since we were tired of trekking. You can also hike, which takes about 3 hours. We stayed in a homestay which had a gorgeous view of the valley below. You can also choose to stay in one of the Heritage buildings in Bandipur as well.
  • Bandipur
    Bandipur
    No vehicle zone!
    When we arrived, we were surprised by the European style - & Europeans themselves just roaming around! There are traditional row houses built in Newari style. Al Fresco dining cafes & pedestrian zones just gave us Europe feels! Some of the buildings dated back to 18th century!
  • Bandipur
    Bandipur
    The first thing we did was of course try out the cafes. They all serve traditional Newari food as well continental and junk food! The variety was just awesome. We chose a cafe with a valley view & fell in love with the place. We had a Newari Meal which was delicious.
  • Bandipur
    Bandipur
    Carry 2 litres of water & food
    As much as we said we didn't want to hike, we did go trekking in Bandipur and we were so glad we did! There are quite a few options of hike trails, and we did three of them over a few days - Khadga Devi, Tindhara & Tundikhel. This was the view from Tundikhel during sunrise - WOW
  • Bandipur
    Bandipur
    The simplicity of the templeThe calm and quiet
    This is the Khadga Devi Temple which is walking distance from Bandipur Heritage. After walking through a muddy road, we found this temple was locked! But we did walk round the temple and saw sculptures of Hindu deities. It was an ordinary temple with no extravagant architecture.
  • Bandipur
    Bandipur
    We had so much fun in Tindhara! It literally means 3 water streams & the taps channelized natural spring water which villagers use. The taps were sculpted in the form of mythical creatures! We drank straight from the taps and it was delicious water, if it could be delicious?
  • Bandipur
    Bandipur
    The magical view
    Apart from these three mainstream treks, we did a short hike by ourselves on Gurunche Dada. This is the stunning view in the morning. We just missed the sunrise, but this sign tells us which side we can see what. We were glad we did this hike too!
  • Bandipur
    Bandipur
    The adventure!
    The last place we visited was Siddha Caves. Yet again we had to trek for about an hour and a half but it was easier since we had a guide with us. We did mountain climbing here, but just the basics! It was so much fun to see who could reach on top in the shortest time.
  • Bandipur
    Bandipur
    Two or three days is ample time to explore Bandipur. We were here for two days and we got so much done even though we were just super tired at the end of it! This offbeaten destination is one everyone must visit if you're in Nepal!

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