Bandipur Tanahu Magar Cultural Village Tour photo

Overview

Bandipur is a beautiful old Newari town situated high on a hill off the road between Kathmandu and Pokhara.The town was established as a funnelling point of trade by Newar traders from Bhaktapur in The Kathmandu Valley after it had been conquered in 1768 by the king at the time Prithvi Narayan Sha. Bhandipur grew as an important stopover along the India Tibet trade route.With them they brought their cultural heritage and architecture which basically has remained unchanged to this day.

Originally a simple Magar village in the early 19th. Century Bandipur developed into prosperous trading centre and a community with town-like features: substantial buildings, with their neoclassical façades and shuttered windows and streets paved with slabs of silverish slate.

Bandipur today has developed over the last few years into a favourite stop over for tourists who are often on their way from Kathmandu to Pokhara. It is a fascinating place and still unspoilt there are also some fantastic panoramic views of the Himalayas from here. The treks listed below center around the Bandipur region and commence from Bandipur.

Ethnicity:
Formerly a Magar village, Bandipur today is settled by a variety of Nepali ethnicities with different beliefs: the Bahuns, the Chettris, the Newars, the Damais, Kamis, Sarkis, Kasais, the Magars and Gurungs.

A. Itinerary in Detail (7 Days)

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu. Welcome and receive from airport and transfer to Hotel. Briefing about the trip.

Day 02: City tour in Kathmandu calley which includes the visits to many historical and architectural monuments.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Damauli by tourist bus. Then take a Jeep to Sudhepul for around one hour. Overnight at tented camp

Day 02: From here start the trek gently on the bank of Seti river for initial part to reach a small stream for about one hour. From here the trail starts climbing up through mixed forests and villages along. Most part of the trail is gradual uphill walk which approximately takes 4-5 hours to reach Dubung. This is Min Thapa’s village, which is really rich in its own culture & tradition and gifted by nature. Overnight at tented camp at Bhalethunge danda from where the majestic views of mountains, landscape, hills, villages can be observed.

Day 04: Exploration day in Dubung village. Morning Hike to Sasarki Thumka from where views of Terai and also the stunning views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Gorkha and others Himalayan ranges can be enjoyed. Exploration around Dubung village during the day; See the lifestyle of the local people with their day to day life. Visit historic throne of the Thapa King at Bhalethunge danda. When Nepal was divided into many kingdoms, Dubung and surrounding area also used to be a small kingdom under the rule of Thapa King.

Day 05: One more day in Dubung village. Explore more of this wonderful village. Observe local culture, tradition at first hand. In the evening, enjoy the typical Magar cultural dance, Kaura, Maruni and more from mothers group, overnight at tented camp

Day 06: After the morning tea and breakfast, trek gently descends downhill to Sudhepul. Continue trek or take a jeep to Damauli. Drive to Pokhara or Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel.

Day 07: Departure day. Transfer to airport as per the flight schedule. Fly back home

(Note: As the itinerary is flexible, it can be extended to include the tours to more villages as per your time and interest)

Cost: Please contact us for a quote

(The cost varies with the number of trekkers in the group. Please contact us with the number of trekkers for the exact quote)

Cost Includes

  •     Airport pick up and drop off services
  •     Accommodation in Kathmandu on Bed and Breakfast basis as per the itinerary
  •     Kathmandu city tour as per the itinerary by private car/van
  •     All entry fees to monumental zones in Kathmandu city tour
  •     All the necessary permits
  •     Land transportation from Kathmandu to Bandipur and from Damauli to Kathmandu/Pokhara
  •     Accommodation in camp during the trek
  •     Three meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) a day during the trek
  •     Trekking camping equipments (tent, mattress, pillow, dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet tent, shower tent,     table     with chairs, all kitchen gears/utensils
  •     Qualified and experienced trekking guide and porters services
  •     Transportation, accommodation, meals, allowance, equipment and insurance for trekking staffs
  •     All the official paper works and all the applicable government taxes
  •     Sleeping bag, down jacket and rucksack if required

Cost Excludes

  • Meals other than breakfast when staying in hotels
  • Personal expenses and bar bills
  • Clients’ travel insurance
  • Tips and gratuities

Important Note and Optional Activities

Please note: All the trekking itineraries are flexible and can be revised in order to best meet your requirements i.e. your time, interests etc. Please make contact with us if you have any special requirements or interest.

 

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