One of Nepal's most charming towns, Bandipur is a living museum of Newari culture, a beautifully preserved village crowning a lofty ridge, its main street lined with traditional row houses. Time seems to have stood still here, although it has taken a lot of effort to preserve this magic while developing the town as a destination. Derelict buildings have been reborn as cafes and lodges, and temples and civic buildings have been pulled back from the edge of ruin. With its attractive 18th-century architecture, pedestrian zone and outdoor dining, it has a distinctly European feel.
Bandipur was an important stop on the India–Tibet trade route for centuries until it was bypassed by the Prithvi Hwy in the 1960s. While it has since turned to tourism, it remains very much a living community, bustling with farmers and traders going about their business. Pause to savour this unique place.