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  • The other Bandipur: A unique Newari town nestled in Nepal!

    Minna Bansal
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  • Bandipur
    Bandipur
    The small hamlet of Bandipur in Nepal, is a hidden gem, sometimes lost among the more well known places like Pokhara and Kathmandu. Historically lying on the Indo-Tibet trade route, Newari tradesmen settled here in the 18th century, influencing the architecture of the town!
  • Bandipur
    Bandipur
    Breathtaking view of snow peaks
    With spectacular views of the Annapurna mountain range, it's like a heaven within the clouds. Accessible by public bus transport, as well as private taxi, it's relative isolation is what has helped preserve the traditional culture and flavour of life here!
  • Bandipur
    Bandipur
    The coolest part about this town is that there are no vehicles allowed after a certain point. The remaining streets and trails around are pedestrian access only, which is a great relief. You can enjoy the surrounds without fear, and the best part, no horns!
  • Bandipur
    Bandipur
    As Bandipur was quite isolated, the traditions and customs were preserved. The typical Newari architecture is very prominent, and with its wide cobbled lanes it's almost like walking through Europe! The colours of brick, wooden details and flowers adorning balconies were amazing!
  • Bandipur
    Bandipur
    Several trails around the town offer panaromic views of the valley! The lush green fields and forests, and small houses dotting the landscape offer a relief to the eyes after the dust and concrete of the bigger cities of Nepal.
  • Bandipur
    Bandipur
    A walk along the streets of Bandipur is like a dream - quaint cobbled streets, pedestrian lanes, orange yellow and red buildings on either side , and friendly Nepali locals nodding and smiling at you!
  • Bandipur
    Bandipur
    Not very populated, there is something very old school and charming about this town. Several efforts have been made to preserve this tradition and culture, and it is very commendable!
  • Bandipur
    Bandipur
    At various locations in the town, there are traditional Newari temples that can be seen. Very well preserved, they have intricate wood and stone work, and are extremely beautiful to look at.
  • Bandipur
    Bandipur
    The old lanes have stalls and shops on the lower stories, with friendly locals selling their wares. Occasionally, one would see a head popping out of the window of the houses above, and a child would give a friendly wave. 😃
  • Bandipur
    Bandipur
    The entire delight of the town was in walking through the lanes and by lanes. Like a lot of Himalayan settlements, there were a lot of mud and stone houses, with goats and cattle grazing in front yards!
  • Bandipur
    Bandipur
    One would come across an old grandmother sitting in the front verandah, bathing in the warm sunshine. They would without fail have a pair of knitting needles in their hands, their fingers moving like magic, knitting warm socks for the winter!
  • The Old Inn Bandipur (Rural Heritage Pvt. Ltd.)
    The Old Inn Bandipur (Rural Heritage Pvt. Ltd.)
    A lot of the old Newari buildings have been restored and repurposed, being used as libraries, community spaces and hotels. One such very famous structure is the Old Inn. With its impeccable interiors and beautiful balconies adorned with orange and pink blossoms, it's so lovely!
  • Bandipur
    Bandipur
    There are several trails to walk around on in Bandipur. The beautiful river of Marsyangdi flows in the valley below, and the clouds cast changing shadows on the scenery around!
  • Bandipur
    Bandipur
    Tindhara , which means 3 taps, is a place close by which has natural taps to channel the natural water of Bandipur. Intricately carved, these stone taps had sculptures of deities and gods carved above them. Locals still use this as their source of water, and it is a social spot!
  • Bandipur
    Bandipur
    Surrounded by a few traditional Newari buildings and temples, large tree canopies provide spots for resting in the shade. Women and kids gathered around the water taps, chatting away happily, adding colours and laughter to the already vibrant environment!
  • Bandipur
    Bandipur
    The Siddha gufa caves are about a half day trip away from Bandipur, and are supposed to be the largest caves in Nepal. 437m deep and 50m high, they are full of stalactites and stalagmites, as well as hundreds of bats! Guides available at the entrance help in navigation!
  • Bandipur
    Bandipur
    The Khadga Devi temple is a short walk from Bazaar street, and has an interesting history behind it. It has a sword that is tied in a cloth. It belonged to a king in that region and legend is that anyone who sets eyes on it is likely to die, hence the cloth!

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