Situated at an elevation of 1030m in Tanahun district, Bandipur is a famous hilltop settlement and a Newar Town ornamented by temples, shrines, sacred caves, innumerable festivals, and Newari architecture. It serves as a natural view tower, providing a spectacular panorama of the entire Annapurna Range plus the peaks of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and Langtang to the Marsyangdi valley which is below 500 m.
As lonely planet stated, “With its attractive 18th-century architecture, pedestrian zone and outdoor dining, Bandipur has a distinctly European feel.”
Bandipur offers an opportunity to get a close look at the Newari culture that reflects the refined civilization of the Kathmandu Valley. It is likewise an extraordinary spot for experiencing sports like paragliding, caving, rock climbing, and hiking.
Paved way without vehicles, best for a pedestrian walk with a cafe on side of the way giving a European feel to the visitors.
Thanimai temple stands as the viewpoint, which offers a beautiful view of Bandipur and can be reached within an hour.
Siddha Gufa (cave) which is known as the largest cave of Nepal at 437m deep and 50m high is another attraction which takes one and a half hour each to back and forth from Bandipur.
It is also said that some Newars of Bhaktapur came to Bandipur and settled their life in hereafter Prithvi Narayan Shah attacked Bhaktapur in 1825 BS.
It also acted as an important stop on trade route between Tibet and India until the completion of construction of 175km long Prithvi Highway on 2031 BS (1974AD)