Bandipur Village Tour let you experience a beautiful new Newar cultural and local village lifestyle. Bandipur is an ancient trading town, situated altitude of 1030 m. Bandipur village is untouched by modernization and bound with an abundance of the antique house, traditional, culture, temple of great importance and historical architecture. This medieval-era town boasts festivals all year round, besides a plethora of cultural offerings and nature, offers to close look of Newar culture and life style that exhibits the refined civilization of Bhaktapur.
Bandipur has been described as a natural view tower, you can enjoy a spectacular panorama of the entire Annapurna Range and the peaks of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and Langtang from here. From the hilltop, you too can see Gorkha in the east and Chitwan in the south. The eye-popping factors of this tour are a visit to Siddha Cave ‘largest cave in the country’ and Patali Dwar ‘gateway to Heaven’, amazing view point to see the sunrise and sunset.
Food and Accommodation
- village homestay accommodation during the Bandipur Homestay Tour
- Breakfast, Lunch and dinner will be serve at local family.
- 3 nights homestay accommodation in Bandipur.
- 3 nights accommodation in kathmandu on standard hotel basis.
- welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
Best Time for Bandipur Village Tour
Autumn season is considered as the best season for Bandipur Homesta Tour. The weather could be unpredictable at the higher altitudes but, every season has its own beauty and uniqueness but Bandipur Homestay tour can be done during the while year. It would be always the best experience in countryside.
Spring Season - March, April and May
The weather is spring seson is warmer and the forest blossoms with flowers and you can see green trees on the track. Springtime starts from the month of March and ends in May. The trekking trail will probably be crowded with a lot of trekkers at this time of the year but tt is the best time to enjoy the beautiful mountain views and landscapes.
Summer Season - June, July and August
Summer season is different in Nepal as it rains a lot and also called monsoon season. You just have to be prepared and plan your trek according to the season you are trekking. The hilly regions are moist and wet at this time of the year so the trekking routes are likely to get muddy and slippery.
Since it rains a lot, there is less crowded dust when its not raining and trail are pretty slippery. We will get the best view of the green landscape. The weather is quite harsh as it is sunny in the daytime and can rain anytime.
Autumn Season - September, October and November
Autumn season is the best season to trek anywhere in Nepal including Bandipur Homestay Tour. The weather is warm in the daytime and quite chilly in mornings and evenings. The temperature might drop below freezing point up in the higher altitudes. The best time to trek in Nepal is in the autumn season and the best month is in October and November. The trekking is busy and crowded but the view is perfect ( white mountain and blue sky)compared to summer and spring season. During the autumn season we will experience lots of interesting festival with local family.
Difficulty Level of Bandipur Village Tour - Easy
Bandipur Village Tour is must do tour while you are in Nepal. You get to know more about Nepal only when you travel like a local and be with the local family.
Places to visit around Bandipur
Khadga Devi temple
The temple of Khadga Devi is one of the most revered temples in Bandipur, which is belied by its look of a residential house except for the finial. This temple is opened to devotees only once a year on the day of Phulpati (seventh day of the Hindu festival Dasain). The shrine does not contain any statues of gods or goddesses, but a Khadga, a sacred sword wrapped in layers of cloth.. Legend has it that the relic was a present from Lord Shiva to Mukunda Sen, king of Palpa (1518-1553 A.D.) The Khadga is worshipped as a symbol of the female power, hence the name Khadga Devi, which means goddess of the sword. Another mythological story is that if anyone looks at it, he or she invites instant death by vomiting blood.
This temple is located in the main bazaar area and is constructed in the pagoda style. An image of the goddess Bindhabasini is enshrined here. It also contains statues of other goddesses. During the New Year,the celebrations the Bikram Sambat, the image of Bindhabasini is put on a chariot and pulled through town amidst other revelry.
This temple lies to the west of Bandipur Bazaar. According to folklore, people would place 12 eggs inside the temple and cover it with straw and a brick before the start of the planting season. If the egg remains fresh after one year when they were uncovered, it is believed that there would be a good crop the following year.
This temple is located to the southeast of the main bazaar. Its architecture shows it to date from the medieval period. The temple is in the style of a pagoda. The struts and tympanum are adorned with figures of Bhimsen and various mythical creatures. The original statue of the goddess Mahalaxmi, however, was stolen, and it has been replaced by a new one.
This temple lies to the east of the main bazaar area. Statues of the god Harihar and the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu are installed inside.
Tundikhel is an excellent vantage point situated to the north of Bandipur's main bazaar. From here, one can view the magnificent Himalayan Range including the spectacular peaks of Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Langtang, Manaslu and Ganesh Himal, among others. The legendary Gorkha Palace and the famous Manakamana Peak can also be seen clearly. Other sites include the Marsyangdi Valley, Bimalnagar and Dumre.
A fifteen-minute walk to the north of Bandipur Bazaar brings one to the shrine of Parpani Mahadev. From above, it appears as a small bush. A stone pathway leads to the cave-like shrine. Inside, there is a waterspout, and below are several small statues of various gods. They are known as Parpani Mahadev. In the old days, people gathered here to sing hymns and bathe under the fountain before going to work in their fields. A pond has been built here to add to the beauty of the site.
Purano Kot (Gurungche Hill)
Purano Kot, originally a fort, lies at a distance of about 500 m to the west of the main bazaar. It takes about twenty minutes of easy walking over the stones to reach the top. There is a small temple nearby containing a number of old statues. Next to the temple stands a newly built temple of Thanithan Mai. The local people believe that praying to Mahadev at this spot during a drought will bring rain.
Tandrang Tundrung is a fifteen-minute walk to the west of Bandipur Bazaar. Its unusual name is said to imitate the sound that is produced when a stone is thrown into the well here. According to the old-timers of the village, it was used by Mukunda Sen to pass between Mukendeswari and Tandrang Tundrung to perform religious deeds.
This ancient fort lies to the northeast of Bandipur and is believed to have existed from the time of Mukunda Sen. Since the spot lies at a higher elevation than the bazaar; you can get a stunning view of the mountains from here.
This place lies to the east of the main bazaar and can be reached in ten to twenty minutes. The name of this place means three water spouts. Two fountains were added later. A shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva lies nearby.
This is a forest of Sal trees located to the east of the main bazaar. Nature enthusiasts will enjoy visiting the spot for its greenery and tranquility.
This historic library lies in the heart of Bandipur Bazaar. It was transformed into its present magnificence from a shelter for sages in 1945. It has been serving book lovers from the days of the Rana regime.
Ramkot village is a two-hour walk to the west of Bandipur. It is an easy hike passing through Muchuk Village from where you can also visit Mukundeswari. Ramkot is a typical Magar village with traditional round houses.
Ramkot is untouched by modern development and offers an opportunity to experience the lifestyle of rural Nepal. From here, one can go on to Chabdi Barahi, which can be reached after two hours of easy hiking.
Mukundeswari lies at an altitude of 1,830 m. It is about a two-hour walk to the west of Bandipur. The place looks like a gallery of ancient weapons and other antiquities as swords of different shapes and sizes lie scattered all around.
Bandipur amazes visitors with its geology as much as with its scenic and cultural attractions, and it would be unthinkable not to visit its caves. The must-see destination here is Sidhha Cave, discovered only in 1987. It is said to be the largest cave not only in the kingdom but also on the South Asian subcontinent. Sightseers can check for themselves by exploring its inner recesses which are filled with natural artworks created by the stalactites and stalagmites here. Siddha Cave is situated just above the cliff of Bimalnagar, from where it is a thirty-minute climb. The cave can be reached from Bandipur after ninety minutes of easy walking. Patalidwar This cave also goes by the name of Gateway to Heaven. It is believed that anyone entering the cave will cause all the sins of their ancestors to be washed away and bring them salvation. The way to this cave is through a jungle and takes about two hours from Siddha Cave. A religious fair is held here in April when participants perform the Chutka dance.
Highlights of Bandipur Village Tour
- Enjoy the nature beauty and culture of Bandipur village.
- Explore the ethnic settlements of Newar community in Bandipur
- Discover the asia biggest cave - Siddha Cave
- Experience local culture and lifestyle of magar ethnic group