is a semi-urban town in the Nepalese
Himalayas. It is a medieval town lying
on the stretch of the mountain and
situated halfway between Kathmandu, the
capital city and Pokhara, another famous
tourist attraction of kingdom of Nepal.
Bandipur is a modern day town with its
old antique cultural atmosphere still
intact. Bandipur is situated at 27.93 N,
84.42 E, some 1030 m (3500 ft) above sea
level, and overlooks the Marsyangdi
Bandipur lies in Tanahu District,
Gandaki Zone in the Mahabharat range at
an altitude of 1030 m. It is 143 k.m to
the west from Kathmandu and 80 k.m to
the south of Pokhara, 62 k.m to the
north of Narayanghat and 8 k.m from
Prithivi Highway's Dumre Bazaar.
Bandipur was established as a funnelling
point of trade by Newar traders fanned
out from the Kathmandu valley after
Prithvi Narayan Shah conquered his
The town was once a prosperous trading
centre. Its substantial buildings, with
their neoclassical facades and shuttered
windows, bespeak past glories.
Originally a simple Magar Village, it
was settled in the early nineteenth
century by Newars from Bhaktapur, who
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 rich
cultural heritage and architecture and
which, still today, defines the look and
feel of the modern day Bandipur.
Bandipur had its heyday in the Rana
times (1846-1951), when, as a measure of
its power and prestige, it was granted
special permission to have its own
library (which is still going). However
the town began to lose its edge in the
1950s, when the eradication of malaria
in the Terai made travel easier there.
In the 1960s, the district headquarters
was moved from Bandipur to Damauli, and
the completion of the Prithvi Highway in
1973 shifted commerce to Dumre, leaving
Bandipur a semi-ghost town.
Bandipur was earlier settled on by the
Magars. But Bandipur today is the
cultural mix of different ethnicities
and beliefs. The town now is a
concoction of various ethnicities like
the Bahuns, the Chettris, the Newars,
the Damais, Kamis, Sarkis, Kasais,
Magars and Gurungs.
Bandipur draws lots of tourists round
the year. It is accessible easily from
Kathmandu and Pokhara. This hill-station
provides breath-taking view of the
Himalaya mountain range. October to
January is the best time to visit.
Bandipur Bazaar is the market of the
town with stone paved street, lined with
the traditional houses. It hosts the
historic Bandipur library and
Bindyabashini temple at its center.
Various Newari and Magar festivals are
held in the town many times in a year.
Cultural shows are arranged several
times during tourist seasons and
festivals. Sorathi and Chutka dances are
Tundikhel is a field on the north of the
town that provides an excellent view of
some of the highest mountains in the
world, including Dhaulagiri,
Machhapuchhre, Langtang, Manaslu and
Ganesh. It also provides excellent view
of the Marsyangdi valley below, the
Manakamana hill and the legendary Gorkha
Other tourist attractions include Thani
Mai, Teendhara, Raniban, downhill trek
to the Siddha Cave and hike to Ramkot