Famous as mini Bhaktapur outside of Kathmandu valley – Bandipur is a village with best example of culture, tradition and nature at once. While you are at Bhaktapur Durbar Square or old Bazar of Bhaktapur city – it is more a city and less nature. But Bandipur is just opposite. Most of the current residents of Bandipur are originally traders from Bhaktapur in the history, who traveled to Bandipur and settled here as a trader till today.
Sunrise and sunset at Bandipur are famous as it is golden view of the nearby hills and the valley seen from Bandipur.
Bandipur means the village of Magars, whose chieftains ruled numerous principalities of today’s central Nepal, originally inhabited the surrounding region, known as Tanahun. Till 17th century, Tanahu was a powerful country that of Magars.
Bandipur is located at height of 1030 meter of 3378 feet in Tanahu district of Nepal. One can stop by Bandipur while traveling to Pokhara from Kathmandu.
This hilltop settlement of Newar community has been attraction of Nepal tourism – equally among foreign tourist as well as domestic tourist visits this village or suburb located in the pristine location. From Bandipur you can see nature very close, the valley view, scenery of highway that you drive to Pokhara and Chitwan or Lumbini, it is also gateway to a huge cave.
56 kilometer or 35 mile in distance from Kathmandu; Bandipur can be a best weakened trip destination for one living in Chitwan, Pokhara, Lumbini or Kathmandu. From Pokhara Chitwan and Lumbini – Bandipur is100 to 140 kilo meter or 65 to 85 mile in road distance.
Kathmandu to Pokhara or Lumbini or Chitwan road journey needs a twist at Dhumre Bazzar, to get to Bandipur. You need to drive along the hill road across the jungle and villages to get to the settlement. At Bandipur, the accommodation range from a resort to small hotels.
Siddha Baba cave is 2 hours away from Bandipur village and this cave is largest cave of South East Asia. Also in 4 hours distance from Bandipur you can hike to a rock climbing destination at Bimalnagar. Bandipur invites travelers to experience its unique offerings: rich in hill culture, green mountain views, and village hiking routes for a day or more along trails that take you through tribal villages, verdant forests, and hilltop shrines that once doubled as fortresses. Magar and Gurung ethnic groups dwell the hillsides growing rice, millet, corn and mustard on terrace fields which is beautiful to hike around.
Bandipur has reserved its age-old cultural attributes – temples, shrines, sacred caves, festivals, and a Newari architecture that heeds back to the Kathmandu Valley of old. It is because following the conquest of the Kathmandu Valley in 1768 by King Prithvi Narayan Shah, many of the Newar shifted to different hills like Bandipur, to get out of the valley. Some of them traveled to Bandipur, from where they began to meet the needs of an increasingly mercantile British India and the Himalayan hinterland. By then Bandipur was main route of traveling – but after modern road construction to connect Kathmandu with Pokhara, Lumbini and Chitwan road bypassed Bandipur. Thus, the road’s alignment was a blessing – while many Newar hill towns lost their uniqueness after modernization, where Bandipur retained its originality.
In the 1800s, travelers & traders came from Tibet with musk pods, mountain herbs, animal skins, and horses and Calico, tobacco, glassware, and kerosene came in from British India.
1 Day Trip
Nepal is a small country, so day trip means big exploration in Nepal. There are many day tours as best Nepal tour package. For example – day trip to Everest basecamp is famous as “Everest basecamp helicopter landing tour”. In this basecamp tour you can explore the best of Nepal which millions of people trek for more than 2 weeks to get there.
By far, day tours have been popular in the cities. Pokhara tour or Kathmandu tour are majorly famous as day sightseeing tours. But there are many new and interesting destinations inside the country, yet to be explored. Kathmandu walking tours are some of the major 1 day activity – trending in Nepal holiday.
Also there are many 1 day hiking destinations in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Lumbini, Chitwan or nearby many other cities of Nepal. These hiking routes are best way to explore Nepal – belter in short time frame. Kathmandu to Everest basecamp helicopter tour is considered as luxury holidays in Nepal, however.
To get the best insight of a day tour – it is recommended to take tour with local guides from local trekking companies or tour agencies in Nepal. Obviously the local folk keep better insights and can show you the hidden gems inside narrow alleys. All the guides in Nepal must be registered in Nepal tourism board and registered guide means trained people.
If you are in Nepal (anywhere) and looking for a day trip nearby – Nepalgram will give you some best options in the location and make sure your get the best experience. Our passionate tour guides and hikers will take you for the best experience in your day tour, hike, adventure or anything you want to experience. For your information – there are many adventure sports nearby cities, which are suitable for day tours in Nepal.
Trekking is one of the major activities among many things to do in Nepal. Apart from hiking tours, there are many other sightseeing tour options in Nepal. However walking tour is a world admired as hiking to Everest or Annapurna region of Nepal Himalaya are famous around the world.
When someone talks about their holidays in Nepal, all imagine they are going to the mountains and it is all about trekking in the Nepal. Believe it, Everest base camp trek is one of the famous bucket list item.
However our trekking tour category has diversity of trekking trips in Nepal. New destination trek to hiking route finding trips in Nepal, are listed under the tour tag of trekking.
Again, as Nepal is a small country with tallest peak of the world Everest, she is famous among hike lovers & nature hikers. Mountainous terrain of Nepal makes lots of ups and down and hiking here is great adventure. Hike in Nepal starts from the altitude of 1100 meter or 1968 feet to 6500 meters or 21320 feet.
Nepal Hiking Altitude profile in general
Lowest altitude for the hiking is from Besisahar which is the gateway of Annapurna Region treks to Annapurna circuit or manalsu circuit hiking and highest altitude that takes you to the height of 6500 meter or 21320 feet to the famous trekking peak called Mera peak. Mera peak starts in Everest region but the peak is on the other side of Everest Base Camp hiking that is in Makalu Barun conservation area. Very few people go for this trekking peak in the Makalu Barun National park.
Trekking in Nepal is under the bucket list of all most the entire traveler around the world. Nepal is famous for trekking activity. But trip extension like Peak climbing, Rafting, Paragliding, Para Hawking, Kayaking, day tours are famous. Nepal has four seasons. All of them are suitable for any of the activity. But each activity needs to design the itinerary as per the season. For example hiking during monsoon in Nepal needs to be short and starts early for the day, like start early stop early. We have lots of hiking package in numerous trekking region of Nepal for all level of fitness. Hiking in Nepal can be short as 3 days and more than a month long.
Rivers in Nepal has verities of water current and thus there are different experiences on rafting in different places. Rafting is an adventure sport like trekking or peak climbing which is done using a special boat and paddle to travel distance on the river floating on the splashing water. There will be life guard and guides for rating wherever in Nepal. There are one day trip to weeks long rafting trip in Nepal.
Nepal is famous for river rafting destination in the summer, rafting is often called by name “white water Rafting” as well. Most of rafting spots of Nepal are overwhelmingly booked by local tourist in the summer. However international tourist enjoys this adventure all around the year as even in the sunny day of winter – rafting in Nepali river will be awesome experience. River rafting is a part of trip extension to most of the travelers either before or after trekking or tour.
Accommodations for multiday rafting is in the camping tent whereas for day rafting tour you can stay in your preference – either in the riverside resort with pool or star hotels as per your preference.
Second richest country in water resources, Nepal has many rivers where rafting paddles still has to be introduced. So many people love to find new rivers to raft in the unknowns. However, this exploration needs a best navigator, guide and the rafters.
By far rafting in few rivers such as; Trishuli rafting, Bhotekoshi river rafting, Karnali rafting, Seti rafting are famous in Nepal tourism.
Either you are at Pokhara, Kathmandu or in Chitwan – you can surely have great time rafting as a day trip in the river nearby. You can book the trip with any of the local trekking companies or travel agencies. Booking with trekking companies might sound strange but yes that works. However, booking in advance will keep your spot safe and make sure you are in your schedule.
Rock Climbing in Nepal has been a trip extension program for trekking or mountaineering travelers. But there are many people who come Nepal for comfortable sightseeing tours and sign-ups for an adventure of rock climbing before they get back to home.
When you are in the famous cities like in Kathmandu or in Pokhara there are multiple indoor rocks climbing destinations. You will surely see those places busy in the peak season of tour in Nepal. But there are very few natural rock climbing site around the capital city Kathmandu and adventure city Pokhara. But whatsoever, there are few and to find those natural rock climbing sites you have to connect yourself with trekking companies in Nepal or any of the local travel agencies in Nepal.
As Nepal is famous for the towering peaks like tallest Mount Everest herself, climbing destinations are not scares at all. But the interest of rock climbing in Nepal has been replaced by mountaineering. People rather climb the beautiful peaks in Nepal than climbing rocks.
Interestingly there is few rock climbing sites in Everest base camp trekking route itself. At Lukla and at Khumjung there is rock climbing center where you can pay to climb in the fixed rock climbing site. Apart from those commercial sites- the nature has given beautiful climbing sites; if you are freelancer of rock climbing and can conquer the rock with your best technical; then there are surely plenty of site in every step of Nepal Himalaya.
Rock climbing in Nepal comes along with the peak climbing in many of the peaks like Lobuche peak climbing on route to Everest base camp trekking trail, Yala peak climbing in Langtang or Khumbila peak of Everest.
Climbing has always been a broad side of Nepal travels but rock climbing is least explored in Nepal. Or say, rock climbing is shadowed by towering and beautiful peaks of young Himalayas in northern Nepal. But whatever – mad Himalayan honey hunters has made their normal life as a part of adventure rock climbing, which proves there are enough of those rock climbing sites if you would love to do so.
Day tour or multi day tour which involves visiting different landmarks for different architecture, monuments, nature or wildlife is called sightseeing in Nepal. The famous sightseeing tour for Nepal is Kathmandu valley sightseeing tour for a day. Sightseeing tour are either one day tour or combination of many day tours in a compact package which last for more than one day.
Kathmandu, Pokhara, Lumbini, Palpa, Chitwan, Bardiya, Jiri are the famous sightseeing destinations of Nepal. But these are very old and explored like 100 years ago. There are many new places of interest for sightseeing tour which Nepalgram has includes in multiday tour itinerary. Places like Chandragiri hills, Rampur, Bandipur are other beautiful landmarks for sightseeing tour in Nepal.
Tour in Nepal has versatile options from low lands in Terai as Lumbini to high Himalaya’s base camps like Everest base camp. Nepalgram has itineraries which includes both Himalayan base camp as well the lower flat sightseeing destinations. This has given travelers a different taste while traveling in South Asia. In the small area of Nepal the mountains and low lands has made this kind of sightseeing tour possible, and because of the size of country these kind of multi-dimensional sightseeing tour doesn’t need many days.
A short holiday or a weekend trip to Nepal might sound short but surely there are verities of experience in Nepal. Traveling will not be time consuming as country is small and landlocked, but if the money is not a issue.
Sightseeing tour also includes bird watching, photography tour, religious tours, jeep tours or motor biking in the off roads of Nepal. The versatile land of Nepal has given wilder as well as luxury prospect of travel inside the small boundary for wider sightseeing and exploration. Nepal is small but diversifies which make sightseeing go wider than you imagine.