Bandipur is a friendly small village, in the hills between Pokhara and Kathmandu. In Bandipur you find well preserved houses in the traditional Newari style with beautiful detailed wood carvings. From Bandipur you have great views on the snowy Himalayan mountain peaks, when you enjoy your lunch in one of the picturesque heritage guest houses in 18th century architecture. Bandipur has a very friendly and relaxed atmosphere due to the absence of vehicles and the hospitable inhabitants of Bandipur who sit in the streets decorated with flowers in front of their houses, willing to have a chat.
Worth a daytrip from Bandipur is the scenic 1,5 hour walk to the Magar village of Ramkot, where the time seem to have stood still. Here you find the authentic Nepali village culture with traditional mud houses. You see the friendly inhabitants who maintain their livelihood by graining corn, drying seeds, harvesting their crobs and plowing the field with traditional ox cards. Before you return to Bandipur, drink a cup of masala chai at the Mountain View hotel, with a 360 degrees panoramic view on the villages in the surrounding valleys and the Himalayan mountain range in the back.
Midway between Kathmandu and Pokhara lies Bandipur, a Newar town at a height of 1005m. This town with pristine beauty provides an unrivalled view of the Himalayan panorama and overlooks the Marsyangdi river valley. Bandipur still retains its age old cultural attributes intact with temples, shrines, holy caves, innumerable festivals and Newari architecture. Bandipur is tantalizing-and as yet undiscovered.