Bandipur Tour Package
|Package:||Bandipur Tour Package|
|Accommodation||Hotel and Lodge|
|Trip Start / Ends||Kathmandu / Kathmandu|
|Trip Note:||Price offered is full inclusive and it is quoted in USD. Trip will only starts when you will arrive to Kathmandu International Airport. The given itinerary is just a standard itinerary and could be customized on request.|
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Bandipur is a real national treasure and an open-air museum of Newari culture and customs. This village was originally part of the Magar kingdom of Tanahun and was an important stop along the commercial route between India and Tibet.
The journey from Kathmandu to Bandipur is not very long, it takes 3 – 4 hours to reach Dumre and then half an hour to go up to the village of Bandipur. From Kathmandu, the buses to Pokhara stop in Dumre and then you can take a taxi, a jeep or a minibus to reach the village. Once you arrive, you will be pleasantly surprised that cars, bikes, and scooters are strictly prohibited to enter the village. You can, therefore, spend whole days walking through the town and the surrounding Magar villages.
In Bandipur, there are some interesting temples to see, among them the Bindebasini Mandir, covered with ancient carvings and consecrated to Durga and the Khadga Devi Mandir. This squat building, shaped like a barn, holds the sacred sword of Mukunda Sen, who during the XVI century was the king of Palpa. Once a year, during the Dasain festival, the sword is carried till the main Bazaar and washed with the blood of a sheep. It is very relaxing and pleasant to walk through the Balabazaar, an amazing gallery of ancient shop-houses, once inhabited by Newari cloth-merchants and through the narrow streets, where you can see farmers taking care of their garden, women carrying baskets of freshly cut grass for the animals, children piling cobs of corn on wooden frames and chickens clucking.
Another easy walk is the one which is 30 minutes takes to the silk factory, where silkworms are bred.
Another gem of Bandipur is Tundikhel, the ancient parade ground, which opens onto a ridge from the flat top. The view of the Himalaya from here is breathtaking. Go there at sunset when the setting sun dyes the tops of pink and golden shades.
If you have more time to spend, it is very interesting to visit the famous Siddha Gufa, which is said to be the largest cave in Nepal. The entrance is narrow but leads to a big vaulted room, where many stalactites and stalagmites are found.
It is advisable to be accompanied by a local guide. The medieval aspect, the many interesting walks and the chance to get to know closely the rural life of Newari farmers make Bandipur a lovely place and a must not be missed.
Bandipur Tour Highlights:
- The clean, vehicle-free historic town
- Picturesque mountain viewpoints
- Boutique style center of town
- Historic buildings & temples
- Traditional style accommodation
- Rolling hills
- Cultural & natural walks
Bandipur Tour Package Outline Itinerary 2020
- DAY 01:ARRIVAL IN NEPAL.
- DAY 02: KATHMANDU - BANDIPUR.
- DAY 03: BANDIPUR TO POKHARA.
- DAY 04: POKHARA SIGHTSEEING TOUR.
- DAY 05: POKHARA
- DAY 06: POKHARA – KATHMANDU
- DAY 07: DEPARTURE
Bandipur Eco-Cultural Tourism Project
(BECT-Project) is the project that lifts the face of Bandipur as one of the major tourist destinations of Nepal. BECT-Project had assistance from EuropeAid. This project was a part of a European Commission/Asia Urbs-funded partnership project with the two European partner cities: Municipality of Hydra, Greece Hydra (island) and Commune d Riomaggiore, Italy Riomaggiore. Its objectives were to develop and promote Bandipur as a unique tourist destination: enhance, upgrade and conserve the built and natural environment of Bandipur; and support local enterprises to revitalize economic activities, ultimately extending the length of tourist's stay in Bandipur.
Places to visit in Bandipur UNESCO Town Nepal are:
Bandipur Main Bazaar
A shopping street of cobblestone roads comprising bars, hotels, cafes, old buildings, and shops. A beautiful town indeed!
Thani Mai Temple Viewpoint
The sunrise views from Gurungche Hill when you climb to Thani Mai Temple is fantastic. You will see the snow-peaked mountains of the Himalayas. If it is foggy, the ranges will appear to be a beautiful white lake. The starting point to the Thani Mai Temple is from the school at the southwest end of the bazaar. It is a 30-minute hike.
Tundikhel Viewpoint in Bandipur
A long time ago, business traders would gather in this place to buy things from India and Tibet before they starting the long trek to Lhasa or to India. It was a former parade ground for the Gurkha armies. In modern days, these grounds have become a local picnic spot and viewpoint. On a fine day, you can see stunning panoramic views of Dhaulagiri (8167m), Machhapuchhare (6997m), Langtang Lirung (7246m), Manaslu (8162m) and Ganesh Himal (7406m). Best to visit during sunrise or sunset.
Hindu Temple in Bandipur. Located at the northeast end of the shopping street, you can find this temple which is dedicated to God Durga. Its ancient walls are covered in intricate carvings. Facing the temple across the square is the Padma library, a striking 18th-century building with Newari-styled carved windows and beams.
Over here, you can see how silk is produced. The farm has orchards of mulberry plants, which are grown for worm food – the worms themselves are reared indoors, usually from August to December and March to May. But you can visit them at any time, there will be a staff member on hand to explain the process.
Bandipur Tour Package Itinerary
DAY 01:ARRIVAL IN NEPAL.
Meet our representative at the airport who will transfer you to the Hotel. Hotel checking-in and go for a short sightseeing tour visit Swyambhunath Temple and Kathmandu Durbar Square. Overnight Kathmandu.
DAY 02: KATHMANDU - BANDIPUR.
Breakfast in the hotel and drive to Bandipur. It is one of the best Hill Stations in Nepal takes about 4.5 hours of drive from Kathmandu. It is a small mountain town with a unique geographical formation and a unique history behind it. It believes that it was a center of exotic trade between lowland and highland and between British India and independent Tibet. Overnight in Bandipur.
DAY 03: BANDIPUR TO POKHARA.
Morning breakfast at the hotel and take a short walk around the village. Early afternoon leave for Pokhara another beautiful town which is known as city of lakes. It takes about 4 hours of drive from Bandipur. Arrive in Pokhara - hotel check-in and then you are free for your own activities. Evening - you will be taken for a boat trip on Nepal’s Largest Fewa Lake. Overnight in Pokhara.
DAY 04: POKHARA SIGHTSEEING TOUR.
After breakfast, you will be taken for the sight-seeing tour of the major attractions we have in Pokhara Valley. Today you will have an opportunity to enjoy a close-up view of Annapurna and Fishtail mountain range, pristine nature, sparkling lakes, limestone caves, deep gorges, and waterfalls. Overnight in Pokhara.
DAY 05: POKHARA.
Morning - drive to Shrangkot (1500m) to enjoy the magnificent sunrise view over the Himalayas. Enjoy the close view of Mount Fishtail (6989 m), Mount Annapurna I. II, III, IV) & Mount Dhaulagiri (above 8000 m) and many more. Pokhara is the only place in the world where we can enjoy the magnificent close-up view of the mountains which are above 8000 meters while setting below 1000 meters above sea level. Afternoon you are free for your own activities. Overnight in Pokhara.
DAY 06: POKHARA – KATHMANDU.
After breakfast, drive back to Kathmandu takes about 5 hours of drive. Arrive Kathmandu; transfer you to the hotel and after that, you will be free for your own activities. Overnight in Kathmandu.
DAY 07: DEPARTURE
In the morning, you will be free. Afternoon we will drop you to the Kathmandu International Airport for the departure flight to home.
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