Bandipur, a beautiful Newari town with rich culture and spectacular viewpoint of mountain ranges lies on the midway between Kathmandu and Pokhara. Around 4 hours of drive from Kathmandu will take you to Dumre Bazaar, an entry point to Bandipur. Further half an hour drive through Dumre will take you to the destination, Bandipur. During 18th century, Bandipur was major trading point between Tibet and India which led to a beautiful settlement of Newar community for trading and business purposes and the houses were built nice and strong for long run. The old buildings and houses still show the historic settlement that has hardly changed till now. Well preserved Bandipur today invites travelers to experience its unique culture, the breath taking view of mountain range and a perfect hiking spot for hikers and trekkers too.
The mountains such as Dhaulagiri, Annapurna , Manaslu and Langtang can all be seen on the ranges pretty close from Bandipur. Any visitor can sense that euphoric feeling and sensational aura when witnessing golden lights glowing the peaks of the mountains and the layers of the hills forming unique patterns and shapes to the landscape.
The main Bazaar of Bandipur is very compact and attached to each other yet looks so beautiful and vibrant. It’s ancient architecture can be seen in precisely carved wooden windows and doors and the wooden pillars on the terraces reflects the preserved culture from early centuries. This town also consists of Gurung and Tamang communities along with Newari community.
Last but not the least, the accommodation at Bandipur is very affordable and flexible depending on the needs and nature of the visitors. It offers the very luxurious Hotel and resort as well as well managed home-stays run by very warm and friendly locals. There are around 15 homestays in Bandipur which is often managed as community homestays. They are very affordable and with all basic necessities for tourists. The food are purely organic in most of the homestays as it is run by the locals and prefer to consume locally produced food and consume local resources as much as possible. The average accommodation costs roughly under Rs.700- 1000 ($7-10 USD) per person including dinner and a breakfast.