Bandipur is a beautiful hill town in Tanahun district at an elevation of 1030m. Located at approximately 143km distance from Kathmandu, it is easily accessible on a well paved road from Dumre, the midpoint along Prithivi Highway between Kathmandu and Pokhara.
Perched on a mountain saddle of the lesser Himalayan Mahabharat range, Bandipur was once an important trade route between Kathmandu and India. Today it has become one of the most sought after tourist destinations in Nepal.
Bandipur is a culturally rich town inhabited by various ethnic groups such as Magar, Newar, Gurung, Bahun, Chhetri, Damais and Kamis. Magar and Newar communities in particular observe festivals throughout the year. Sorathi and Chutka dances observed by these communities are a major attraction for tourists. The streets of Bandipur are paved with cobble stones, each house in the town feature unique verandahs with a mix of Newari and neoclassical designs.
The town offers sweeping views of surrounding Marshyangdi River valley, Gorkha and the famous Manakamana Temple. On a spring or autumn morning, one can catch spectacular panorama of Himalayan peaks, namely Annapurna, Langtang, Manaslu, Ganesh and Dhaulagiri ranges.
Tourists in Bandipur can also enjoy visiting Mukundeswari, Bindhyabasini Temple, Tindhara, Tudhikhel, Raniban and nearby Ramkot village. Siddha Cave, one of the biggest caves in Nepal, is also located in Bandipur.