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Bandipur Mountain Resort, Bandipur, Nepal - Introduction
 
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Bandipur Mountain Resort

Bandipur, Nepal
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NTRODUCTION

Bandipur Mountain Resort, BandipurBandipur Mountain Resort located somewhat half-way between Kathmandu and Pokhara and only seven kilometers off of the Prithivi Highway, Bandipur Mountain Resort is the ideal spot for travelers to take a lunch break, stretch the body with a refreshing swim or simply gaze at the enchanting mountains.

Bandipur Mountain Resort, which lies strategically under a mixed canopy of pine and sal forests, offers the finest views that the area has to offer. From here, the panorama includes the Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Manasalu and the Ganesh Himal ranges, high snowcapped mountains, the cascading Marshyangdi River and lush terraced fields all combined to offer a never-ending blissful experience.

Bandipur Mountain Resort, BandipurBandipur Mountain Resort is the ideal getaway to experience the peace and tranquility of timelessness. It is easy to while away few days in Bandipur with visits to the surrounding areas. Short day-hikes into the nearby hills will reveal two distinct cultures that have co-existed in harmony for hundreds of years—that of the Magars who are the original inhabitants and the Newars who settled there after downfall of the Malla regime.

For the more adventurous, there are options of longer treks like hiking it all the way down to Chitwan or rafting in the white water of the Marshyangdi River. Whether it be just a lunch time stopover, an overnight stay to view a glorious sunrise next morning, a couple of days’ break from bustling city life, or to organize seminars and workshops, there could not be a better choice than Bandipur Mountain Resort.

Bandipur Mountain Resort, BandipurAccomodation
Accomodation Bandipur Mountain Resort offers 12 tastefully decorated rooms with breathtaking view of the Himalayan range from each of its room. All the rooms have en suite bathroom, color television and telephone.

Bandipur, an ancient Newari mountain town, is a treasure waiting to be discovered by travelers. Situated 7 kilometers above Dumbre Bazaar at an altitude of 1,005 meters, this ancient trading post lies cradled in the saddle of some of the country's most peculiar-shaped hills. Untouched by modernization, and laced with an abundance of ancient houses, temples of great significance, and historical architecture, this medieval-era town boasts of festivals all year around besides offering a plethora of cultures.

Bandipur Mountain Resort, BandipurThe neighboring villages with majority population of Magars, Gurungs, Bahuns, Chhetris, Damais and Sarkis contribute to the cultural diversity of the region. The hilltop town not only overlooks the incredible expanse of the Marsyanngdi river valley, but also offers a breathtaking sweep of the Himalayan range, from Langtang in the east to Dhaulagiri in the west. From nearby hilltops, one can see as far as Manakamana and Gorkha to east, and the great Chitwan plains to the south, among others. Once a bustling commercial center along the trade route linking Tibet with British, the town’s people heartily welcome travelers from near and far. While the Siddha Gufa (the largest cavern in the country) and Patali Dwar (also known as the Gateway to Heaven) are must-sees, this place also offers endless hiking possibilities in the surrounding hills.

Dumre Bazar, the drop off point for Bandipur is located within the Narayanghat-Pokhara-Kathmandu triangle and so can be easily commuted from any of those three busy tourist points. It takes about five-hour ride on a tourist coach from Kathmandu to Dumbre Bazar. There is about 7 kilometers of uphill road from Dumre Bazar to Bandipur, which is accessible by a car or a coach.

Attractions

What to see?
It takes three full days to do a satisfying tour of Bandipur and its environs. Below, we propose an itinerary, which will allow you to take in the main attractions at a moderately challenging pace.

Day 1:
Begin the day with a visit to the Khadga Devi Temple, the most sacred and auspicious temple in Bandipur. Then head up to the Martyrs Memorial Area, which honors seven Bandipur sons who were killed during the anti-Rana insurrection of 1951. Then head down to the shrine of Paarpani Mahadev (Shiva), who receives appeals for rain from Bandipurays during dry spells. Return to the bazaar along the main trail, and visit the two other important temples of Bandipur: Bindebashini and Mahalaxmi. Bindebashini is the pagoda-roofed temple that houses goddess Durga, the guardian deity of Bandipur. The rich wooden carving and detailed brass-work that adorn the temple are replicas of those found in the many old pagoda structures of the Kathmandu valley. It displays Newari craftsmanship. The temple has rich wood carving on its struts and windows. The lintels and toranas have detailed brass work. During Nepali New year, which falls in the mid-April, the people of Bandipur celebrate Bisket Jatra which is similar to the Bisket Jatra of Bhaktapur. It is said that people of Bandipur, especially the Newars, migrated from Bhaktapur and still have close ties with the people of Bhaktapur. After lunch you may want to visit the Silk Farm, which is less than half an hour’s walk towards the west. The staff there will give you and interesting tour-and-talk on the history and method of silk-harvesting in the Nepali hills. A quick descent to the bazaar will bring you to a unique and typical Newari town. The compact houses are built with bricks having tin or slate roofs. This is an impressive town with beautiful temples and palaces. Stroll the narrow lanes beneath traditional Newari wooden houses or sit in one of the many patis / pauwas (platform) and become part of an authentic Nepali experience. Bandipur offers mountain views and artistic houses and temples. After afternoon tea and snacks, you may want to visit Tin Dhara, where water spouts provide cool water famous among Bandipurays near and far for bathing. If you have enough time, be sure to visit slate quarries which provide roofing material for the region. Stay overnight at the hotel.

DAY 2:
Begin your second day early by witnessing a magnificent sunrise over the Himalayas from your private balcony. After breakfast, head for the hilltop shrine of Mukundeshwori, where the 16th century King Mukunda Sen of Palpa had maintained his hideout. This site is an hour and a half away. The shrine here is festooned with numerous bells and tridents and it is especially revered by Gurungs. You will see some knives and swords, apparently placed here by victorious warriors long ago. While heading towards Mukundeswari, you will pass through Gurunche Hill where there is a small shrine as well as the Thani Than Temple and a chautara / rest platform. From there you can enjoy the bird eye view of the Bandipur area and the Himalayas that fills the horizon. If you have not had enough of caves and caverns, head for the Siddha Gufa, which is an hour and a half away. The trail goes through different vegetation, shrubs and jungle. Discovered only a few years ago, this cave is said to be the largest in Nepal. Go equipped with lamps so that you can study the stalactite stalagmite structures in the cave, which also has a sizeable bat population. It is said that this cavern has not been fully explored, which provides you that extra little bit of excitement as you head in. Stay overnight at the hotel.

DAY 3:
You are at leisure until you drive back to your onward destination. Until then, relax and enjoy the scenic landscapes.

Facilities & Activities
Safety Deposit Box
Doctor on call
Laundry
Phone/fax
Car Parking

Multi-channel TV
24 hours room service
Conference Hall
Airline Reservation and Confirmation
A la carte Restaurant

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