Places in Kathmandu to Pokhara
Draped like a scarf along a high ridge above Dumre, Bandipur is a living museum of Newari culture. Its winding lanes are lined with tall Newari houses and people here seem to live centuries before the rest of the country. It’s hard to believe that somewhere so delightful has managed to escape the ravages of unchecked tourist development.
From the tiny hamlet of Cheres (6km before Mugling), an Austrian-engineered cable car soars up an almost impossibly steep hillside to the ancient Manakamana Temple, one of the most important temples in the Middle Hills. Hindus believe that the goddess Bhagwati, an incarnation of Parvati, has the power to grant wishes, and newlyweds flock here to pray for male children.
About 17km west of Abu Khaireni, Dumre is yet another dusty highway town, and is visited solely as a connecting point for jeeps to Bandipur (Rs 50 per person, Rs 300 for the whole jeep, one hour) that loiter around on the highway about 200m west of the Besi Sahar junction. It’s also a handy point to head to Besi Sahar, the starting point for the Annapurna Circuit Trek.
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