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Viewpoint in Bandipur

Thani Mai Temple Viewpoint

The main reason to climb up to Thani Mai is for the spectacular sunrise views from Gurungche Hill. A clear morning offers some of the most memorable 360-degree vistas in the country, with the Himalaya stretching out…
Cave in Bandipur

Siddha Gufa Cave

At 437m deep and 50m high, Siddha Gufa is said to be the largest cave in Nepal. Its cathedral-like interior is full of stalactites and stalagmites, not to mention hundreds of bats, which whistle overhead. Trekking h…
Viewpoint in Bandipur


In centuries past, traders would gather on this man-made plateau to haggle for goods from India and Tibet before starting the long trek to Lhasa or the Indian plains. It was also a former parade ground for Gurkha so…
Hindu Temple in Bandipur

Bindebasini Temple

At the northeast end of the bazaar (which is the main shopping strip) this ornate, two-tiered temple is dedicated to Durga. Its ancient walls are covered in carvings. Facing the temple across the square is the Padma…
Hindu Temple in Bandipur

Khadga Devi Temple

A wide flight of stone steps leads up the hillside to this barn-like temple, which enshrines the sword of Mukunda Sen, the 16th-century king of Palpa (Tansen). Allegedly a gift from Shiva, the blade is revered as a …
International in Bandipur

Old House Cafe

A delightful eatery on the bazaar with good momos, pizza and delicious Newari khaja (thali or set meals). It also has six basic, clean en suite rooms out the back with very nice views (a bargain at single/double Rs …
Nepali in Bandipur

Samay Baji

This cosy family-run restaurant is named for its signature dish, a sampling of traditional food. And it's a good sample! The dedicated owner doubles as a helpful source of local information. Located at the eastern e…
Nepali in Bandipur

Hill’s Heaven

On the main strip, Hill’s Heaven is popular for its cheap beer and cheese pakoda (think deep-fried cheese balls). There's also four en suite rooms upstairs (Rs 600 to Rs 1000).
Cafe in Bandipur

Himalayan Café

A jack of all trades, this new bakery and coffee shop on the main street also has a small bar with occasional live music (Fridays in high season).
Farm in Bandipur

Silkworm Farm

An offbeat choice, a visit to Silkworm Farm takes you through the fascinating process of how silk is produced. The farm comprises orchards of mulberry plants, which are grown for worm food – the worms themselves are…