This is a continuation of an article that I wrote with my colleague Cathy from Uganda after a road trip to Pokhara
Day 3 of our road trip, we set off for Chitwan but passed through Bandipur for a one night stay. Here we stayed at Bandipur Resort Hotel; this was right at the edge of the mountain. Looking down from the balcony one could see valley below.
From Bandipur, we saw see excellent view of the Himalayas Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh, Langtang Himal and the Marsyangdi Valley.
Bandipur is a hilltop settlement in Tanahu District, (Gandaki Zone) of Nepal. Because of its preserved, old time cultural atmosphere, Bandipur is increasingly attracting tourism. At the time of the 1991 Nepal census it had a population of 9952 people living in 1929 individual households
Since 1998 it is connected by a 8 km access road from Dumre (Kathmandu-Pokhara highway). Until then, there was only an unreliable road, in monsoon usually not accessible or only by tractors. The mountain saddle, just 200m long, is barely wide enough to accommodate the main street lined by 2 –3 storey buildings on either side. At the backsides of these houses the mountainsides steeply descend and the gardens are only accessible by stairs.
Bandipur was established as a funneling point of trade by Newar traders from Bhaktapur in the Kathmandu valley after it had been conquered in 1768 by Prithvi Narayan Shah. They took advantage of its malaria free location to develop it into an important stop along the India-Tibet trade route. With them they brought their cultural heritage and architecture which basically has remained unchanged to this day.
We can best describe Bandipur as a place where the trees meet the clouds. From here you can get the best view of the Valley. It is also from this well preserved ancient town that we get souveniours for our families.
Watch this photo slide presentation of the view of the valley from Bandipur Resort