Wander the streets of a living museum of Newari culture.
Unlike most trading posts in the Nepal hills, Bandipur has retained its age-old cultural attributes - temples, shrines, sacred caves, innumerable festivals, and a Newari architecture that harks back to the Kathmandu Valley of old.
Time seems to have stood still here, although it has taken a lot of effort. Derelict buildings have been reborn as cafes and lodges, and temples and civic buildings have been pulled back from the edge of ruin.
Things to see & do
Thani Mai Temple - Free
The main reason to climb up to Thani Mai is for the spectacular sunrise views from Gurungche Hill. With a 360 degree view of the Himalaya stretching out along the horizon, and the valley below cloaked in a thick fog that resembles a white lake, a clear morning offers a spectacular vista. The trail starts near the school at the southwest end of the bazaar, and is a steep 30-minute walk.