Bandipur Village Trekking
About 143 Kilometers to the west of Kathmandu and 80 kilometers to the east of Pokhara, there is located a placed named Bandipur, which lies in Tanahu district. Once the headquarters of the district, Bandipur has preserved distinct Newari culture with the mix up of Magar tradition. Situated around 1030 meters of altitude up on the hill, Bandipur village trekking allows the visitors to enjoy the mesmerizing view of the Himalayan ranges of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Ganesh, Langtang and Manaslu Himal on the north side, whereas Marshyangdi Valley can be seen spread on the big horizon of the landscape. In spite of having the cultural and architectural set up of the Newari and the Magar, it was once the trade route to India-Tibet. Even though the Magar king had ruled over this fascinating land, Shah King Prithi Narayan Shah conquered this place to include it in the United Nepal in the 18th century. Since then, Newari started to settle on this hilly land still keeping the relics and structures of the Newari culture intact to this date. Because of its location away from the booming chaotic crowds and urban settlements in most towns of the country, it has still preserved its cleanliness and freshness, along with prosperous culture, architect and custom which definitely allures the visitors.
In the 1970s, there was a decline in business and trade. One cause of this was the transfer of the district headquarters to Dumre. Another cause was the construction of Prithvi Highway on the edge of Marshyangdi valley, which isolated Bandipur from the route. Despite having faced these declines, this serene hilly land and culturally prosperous place didn’t descend on its conservation and protection of the historical architect and structures. These structures have been the most unique aspect to entice the visitors to this secluded land. The establishment of an 8 kilometer road in 1998 AD from Dumre to Bandipur made the access easier back then and today not only for the local people, but also for the tourists who long to relish in the marvel of this place. The Bandipur village development committee in collaboration with the Dharampani village development committee formed Bandipur Municipality in 2014 AD.
After the long travel when you reach this place with tiredness or fatigue it gets released as soon as you breathe in the air of this amazing land. The neat and clean streets with stones as a courtyard along the way would make your leg more eager to pave on. You wouldn’t see the tables and chairs laid outside of the restaurants. Rather than in the outdoor setting, the welcome is honored inside the buildings. The buildings of about 2/3 stories in the town allow you to see the surrounding with ease and ecstasy. The doors are comparatively smaller in the older buildings than in the newer ones. Almost every building erected on the road has served shops of different kinds.
Major Attraction of Bandipur Village Trekking
1. Siddha Gufa
The most interesting part of bandipur Village Trekking. Believed to be the largest cave of Nepal, Siddha Gufa is at 437 meter deep and 50 meter high with a trek of about half day. To the northern fringe of the Bandipur village you find the path which leads you to a junction. From the point of junction take right and continue your trek on the stone path to see the most awaited and exciting place of this visit. About an hour and half you would end up seeing the ancient architectural-like shape of Siddha Gufa. The icicles hanging on the roof of the cave and also stuck on the floor give you a resemblance of many caves popular for the tourist in Nepal. The chirping sound of bats would definitely remind you of Mahendra Cave of Pokhara if you have already been there. To make your tour more adventurous you can take your own way or if you are not going to bother about asking others to follow the path rather than enjoying the trek, book the guide at the town, who will definitely make your trip more informative and easy-going.
Bandipur has possessed a big land of football ground size at the outskirts of the town. This is commonly popular as the picnic spot and cultural programs which are organized in the village. During the high season of festivals especially in October and November, this grassy ground gets no rest at all with the raucous and raptures made by the tourists. In spite of having its historical recognition and construction as the trade point between Tibet and India, where they would gather and rest before ascending to the uphill to reach the tiresome Tibet and to step down the scorching India, it has also served the parade ground of Gurkha soldiers who served in British Army. The most beautiful presence it would offer to the visitors is the view of Himalayan ranges like Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Langtang, Ganesh, Machhapuchhre and Manaslu Himal at dawn and dusk.
3. Thani Mai Temple
Coming at the southwest frontier of the town nearby the school you would trail the steep path for about half an hour to reach the top of the Gurungche Hill embellished by the shrine of Thani Mai. In addition to worship the Goddess Thani Mai, the tourists trek to this highland to adore the panoramic view surrounding and the Himalayan ranges laid to the far north leaving the impression of magnificent and breath-taking experience with the sunrise. From the top of the hill, you would see the white and grey fog spread over the town which make you imagine like you are in the heaven above the skyline and clusters of the cloud.
4. Padma Library
Even in the very strict and tyrant Rana system, Bandipur was blessed with a library which still exists to the northeast peripheral of the town nearby which Bindebasini Temple, temple of Goddess Durga, is located. Established in the era of Padma Shamsher, the library is renowned for its establishment even in the most frustrating era of education. The existence of the library till this date gives the idea that the significant height and honor this place would have conceded in the time of Rana regime. The magnitude and marvel of the library has been embroidered with the set-up of another temple named Mahalaxmi Temple, especially the temple of Newari bravura.
5. The Silkworm Farm
The interesting choice you would find provided that you decide to visit the silkworm farm. Following the trail downhill around 2 kilometer from the town you would experience the entrepreneurial development of the town. The plantation of mulberry trees for the food of the warm and overall procedure of the plantation would be understood if you want to go in detail during your visit. This definitely can be your off-the-wall choice. However, it can implant the insight out of nowhere while the visit to the silkworm farm being the most productive and proactive choice than rest of all.
6. Khadga Devi Temple
Trailing up on the stone steps towards the hillside, you would see pristine-looking temple positioned on the side of the hill which is Khadga Devi Temple. As its name the temple possess the sword which is believed to be the sword of King Mukunda Sen of Palpa gifted by the God Shiv, has been conserved in the temple. Every year on the occasion of the greatest festival of Hindu, Dashain, the hundreds of animals sacrifice is made here.
Besides aforementioned interesting places and shrines of of Bandipur Village Trekking, Bandipur is enriched with the beauty of Rani Ban (Queen’s Forest), Tin Dhara (Three Taps) and nearby village called Ramkot village which can be the best destination for hike.
Day 01 of Bandipur Village Trekking
Arrival to Kathmandu
Day 02 of Bandipur Village Trekking
Sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley; Swayambu Nath Stupa,famous hindu Temple of Pashupatinath and buddhist pilgrims of Bouddhanath Stupa , Overnight at hotel.
Day 03 of Bandipur Village Trekking
Drive to Bandipur by tourist coach or by private car. It will take about 3.5 hour drive.Overnight in Bandipur guest house.
Day 04 of Bandipur Village Trekking
Bandipur Village tour; Trek to Raniban, Orchid trail, return to hotel, cultural show.
Day 05 of Bandipur Village Trekking
Bandipur Village tour; Explore Siddha Cave , recently discovered and probably the biggest cave in the Asia.
Day 06 of Bandipur Village Trekking
Bandipur to Kathamandu; After breakfast drive to Kathmandu.
Day 07 of Bandipur Village Trekking
Final Departure to airport
Things included in the package
- We also provide you the accommodation which will be shared by two people. However, you can book for the single room with extra charge.
- We will also bear the cost of domestic flight that will be travelled for the trip.
- The overland transport will be held on tourist coach as per the itinerary and size of the group.
- The applicable fee for the Trekking, National Park and Conservation center will be covered.
- Three meals in a day includes breakfast, lunch and dinner which will be provided.
- We offer you a welcome group dinner in an authentic Nepali restaurant with cultural show
- The wages, meals, insurance and transport allowance of all trekking staff and porters will be arranged.
- We also can arrange the planning for the place of interest in the city accompanied by the city guide.
- We also have included the comprehensive medical kit and service of guide and porters.
- We also help you to reconfirm your international flight.
Things Excluded in the package
- pick-up/Drop from/to airport.
- The visa fee you would have to pay for travel, medical insurance and airport tax.
- The meals of your personal interest will not be offered in our expense.
- We would also not provide the personal sleeping bags and bags.
- The charge applied in case of emergency evacuation by any means of transport would not be included.
- The charge for accommodation in Kathamndu in you early arrival before the trip will not be included and also the late departure. Moreover, the early departure from trek will also not included in our expense.
- We also don’t include the cost of international flights.
- The trip doesn’t offer the travel and rescue insurance.
- We also don’t include the phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra poter etc.
- We also don’t offer tips for guides and porters.
Trek start dates
1st Group: 1st of every Month
2nd Group: 15th of every month
Bandipur Village TrekkingTrip Cost
- Destination: Bandipur Village Trekking
- Duration: 7 days
- Min-pax: 1-15
- Max altitude: 1900m
- Accommodation: 2 or 3 star level