Bandipur is a small ancient town located in the hills west of Kathmandu in Tanahun district. It is a 5-hour drive from Kathmandu and is also reachable from Pokhara and Chitwan.
Bandipur is a small ancient town located in the hills west of Kathmandu in Tanahun district. It is a 5-hour drive from Kathmandu and is also reachable from Pokhara and Chitwan. Bandipur remains largely an unexplored area with a maximum potential for tourism. The city is not only an ancient trade route between Terai and Kathmandu and age-old culture and architecture but is also the spot for spectacular Himalayan scenery and adventure walk in the hills.
History has it that Bandipur was originally a Magar settlement who were later displaced to the outlying areas by trading Newars. It was after King Prithivi Narayan Shah, the unifier of the nation, took over the valley, that Newars migrated to Bandipur and started operating their business. During the middle of the 20th century, Bandipur prospered as the main hub for goods between India and Kathmandu.
Bandipur is home to many temples, historical building, caves and finest hiking routes. A one-hour uphill walk from the bazaar will reach you to Thankithan Mai temple, a Shiva temple, revered especially by Magar ethnic communities. Other temples like Bindhyabasini, Mahalaxmi are also hold importance where major festivals like Bisket Jatra and Gai Jatra are observed. Another place to hike is Mukunda Sen Hill, named after the King Mukung Sen of 16th century of Palpa. Here the Mukundeswori temple dedicated to King Sen houses numerous artifacts, ancient weapons and coins and utensils used during the early medieval times. It will take you at least a one-hour walk from the bazaar to get atop the hill. Siddha Gufa located in the middle of a hill is probably Nepal’s biggest cave.