If you’ve been to Bandipur, I bet you were impressed by the view of the mighty mountains you get from there – they look so close, almost giving you an illusion of a poster. While you enjoy the mesmerizing natural surroundings, you cannot miss noticing the artistic human settlement. Initially a Magar residence, Bandipur is a small village that has evolved as an architectural paradise, now with Newar community living in the area.The combination of all these and the cheerful locals will make you fall in love with the place.
This spotlessly clean area is amazing. Walking barefoot also won’t matter here. No littering and honking anywhere, the peaceful vehicle-prohibited place is an ideal place to learn from for the Kathmanduities. The ancient architecture and culture has been wellpreserved by the hospitable residents. From traditional Nepali cuisines to international dishes, everything is available in the restaurants around. You can sip on a drink and connect to the world comfortably in the restaurants that offer free Wi-Fi.
Legend has it that there’s a hole on this hill and if anything is thrown into it, the object comes out from an opening at a distant place. The onomatopoeic name of the hill is derived from the sound produced by a dropped object: tamryang tumrung.
Despite its name, Teen Dhara, wich translates to three spouts, has 5 water spouts. The water available in the taps is so clean that people drink it without boiling or filtering. It is also a popular picnic spot.
Standing here, you can enjoy the stunning panoramic views of Marshyandi River (3,000 m) and Manaslu (8,000 m), all in one single frame.
Sunset from Thani Mai Hill top
A few minutes’ walk away from Bandipur Bazaar lies a hill that houses Thani Mai’s temple on the top. From the hilltop, you’ll be able to enjoy a beautiful sunset. The sun looks amazing and so do the mountains that reflect the sunrays. The clusters of houses with slate roofs lying below is a remarkable sight of Bandipur’s rich architecture.
Adventurous Trail to Siddha Gufa
Set off to hike down to Siddha Cave. Start early in the morning and you will be back on time. Make sure you have a proper breakfast, enabling you to walk all the way through the two-hour long adventurous hilly trail. Take note that we regretted not carrying a bottle of water, some light snacks and a first-aid kit. If you’re there during the right season, the oranges on the trees make the area look even more beautiful and colorful. On the way, you will spot some small waterfalls, running down the hill from distant water springs. The way might be slippery and leeches are in abundance so it might be thoughtful to wear proper shoes and carry some salt as a repellant to the creatures. Reach the cave and with a strong torch-light, you can see countless bats. There is also a small pond inside the cave.
The white lake
On a cold winter day, reach Dhunge Bihar located at a height, and look at Marshyangdi Valley down below. The valley will look like a lake, filled with not water but thick fog and clouds.
Festivals and Celebrations
On 1 Baishakh, Bandipur Social Development Committee organizes a program to celebrate the New Year during which a festival called Devghwalla takes place at Bindabasini temple, marked by the throwing of coins and money. Whoever picks them up gets to keep them.
Also, a walk is organized during Dashain, starting from Khadga Aaradhyadevi Mai’s temple. People from Magar, Brahmin and Newar communities do the worship together.During the walk, the khadga (sword) is taken for procession by the people to different places including Bandipur Bazaar. It is then brought back to its original place. It is said that the sword belonged to Tanahu’s King, Siddhi Mukunda Sen who had handed it to the Bhattarais of Devghat after Tanahu was conquered by King Prithvi Narayan Shah. They then had decided to preserve the sword in Bandipur.