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"Sorta, kinda" half way between Kathmandu and Pokhara, the 'eagles nest' location of Bandipur perched high above the main highway linking the two largest cities in Nepal ensures that most people miss the detour up to Bandipur. As there's a good metalled road that climbs the almost 800m from the Trisuli River Valley so it's not the hardship it used to be (when you used to have to walk up) to reach Bandipur.
This small, attractive, characterful hill town affords breathtaking views across to the Annapurnas and Manaslu and although Bandipur is far from a'one street town', it's attractive main street is pleasantly pedestrians only and has a very relaxed atmosphere altogether. There's even a chilled out cafe bar, the "Ke Garne", owned and operated by us! The architecture of Bandipur is principally Newari and thankfully well preserved too. The town is quite spread out as it occupies a saddle between the hills of the Mahabarat range.
A fantastic day walk from Bandipur is up to the remote hill village of Ramkot. As well as great views and moderate walking up through a pleasant landscape, the Magar village of Ramkot is one of the last places in Nepal where the traditional round houses still exist. A walk down to the Siddha Cave is also interesting, even if you do have to walk back up to Bandipur again! It's the largest cave system in Nepal, and is claimed to be the second largest in South Asia.
All in all Bandipur is a very pleasant place to visit and spend at least a night, and it's 'mid-way' location makes it a very attractive option as a stop over on Nepal touring holidays like our Nepal Family Discovery.
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