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Bandipur
Bandipur
( Devanagari
Devanagari
बन्दीपुर) is a hilltop settlement and a municipality in Tanahun District, (Gandaki Zone) of Nepal. This municipality was established on 18 May 2014 by merging with existing Dharampani and Bandipur
Bandipur
VDCs.[1][2] Because of its preserved, old time cultural atmosphere, Bandipur
Bandipur
has increasingly been coming to the attention of tourism. At the time of the 2011 Nepal
Nepal
census it had a population of total ( Bandipur
Bandipur
and Dharampani) 15591 people living in 3750 individual households.[3]

Contents

1 Location 2 History 3 Municipality 4 Education 5 Social Organizations 6 Eco-Cultural Project 7 Ethnicity 8 Gallery 9 External links 10 References

Location[edit] Bandipur
Bandipur
is located at 27.56 N, 84.25 E and an elevation of 1030m on a mountain saddle ( Mahabharat
Mahabharat
range) approximately 700m above the Marsyangdi River Valley, 143 km to the west of Kathmandu
Kathmandu
and 80 km to the east of Pokhara. Since 1998 it is connected by an 8 km access road from Dumre
Dumre
(Prithvi Highway). Until then there was only an unreliable road, in monsoon usually not accessible or only by tractors. The mountain saddle, just 200m long, is barely wide enough to accommodate the main street lined by 2 –3 storey buildings on either side. At the backsides of these houses the mountainsides steeply descend and the gardens are only accessible by stairs.

History[edit] Bandipur
Bandipur
was established as a funnelling point of trade by Newar traders from Bhaktapur
Bhaktapur
in the Kathmandu
Kathmandu
valley after it had been conquered in 1768 by Prithvi Narayan Shah. They took advantage of its malaria free location to develop it into an important stop along the India- Tibet
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
Bandipur
had its heyday in the Rana times (1846-1951), when, as a measure of its power and prestige, it was granted special permission to have its own library (still existing). In the 1970s, trading fell into a steep decline with the construction of the Prithvi Highway. For technical reasons it was logically built in the Marsyangdi valley, leaving Bandipur
Bandipur
isolated up on the mountain. In addition to that, as a result of its poor accessibility, Bandipur
Bandipur
lost importance because the district headquarters of Tanahun were moved to Damauli. The tradesmen of Bandipur
Bandipur
were forced to move down to Dumre
Dumre
and many even left for the Terai; Bandipur
Bandipur
turned a semi-ghost town. The population declined considerably. On two occasions Bandipur
Bandipur
has witnessed some turmoil. The people were not easily and readily sidestepped by the construction of the road and fought for a different route in the planning process. In the 1970s, when the first demonstrations for democracy took place in Nepal, the people of Bandipur
Bandipur
stormed the little garrison. Several people were killed and the soldiers fled. Again, when the district headquarters were to be moved, the people demonstrated and occupied the administration. The civil servants fled during the night. Even the king was flown in by helicopter to calm the situation. However, the decline of the little town could not be reversed. Some relics of its wealthy past remain. Although many houses are in bad condition, the typical Newari architecture is preserved. A distinctive aspect of Bandipur’s main street is a covered veranda extending along almost the entire length on the northern side. Most of the buildings still have little shops in them. The slate slabs in the main street have been destroyed by heavy vehicles, for which they were not made, but they can still be made out along the edges and in the smaller alleys. The library still exists and was carefully renovated in 2000. Another relic is a soccer-field-sized Tundikhel to the northeast of Bandipur and the villages importance as centre for schools for the surrounding villages. Municipality[edit]

Bandipur
Bandipur
Heights

A cabinet meeting held at the Prime Minister’s Office, Singha Durbar on May 8, 2014, Thursday announced additional 72 municipalities, including previously-proposed 37 municipalities in line with the Local Self-governance Act 1999. With this announcement Bandipur
Bandipur
has been upgraded as one of the municipalities of Nepal, previously it was proposed municipality. Adjoining Dharampani VDC was merged with Bandipur
Bandipur
to upgrade it to the municipality. From June 2, 2014, Monday onward with the inauguration program Bandipur
Bandipur
village committee, formally started functioning as Bandipur
Bandipur
Municipality. Education[edit] The educational institutes in Bandipur
Bandipur
are Bhanu Higher Secondary School established in the 1950s, only institution offering higher education till the 1980s. Notre Dame Higher Secondary School was established in 1985, by the "School Sisters of Notre Dame" a Catholic missionary organization. It is one of the best schools in Nepal
Nepal
with a track record of 100% First Division pass out in the Higher Secondary Board Examination since its students appeared for Board Examination(SLC). The legacy is till today. Bandipur
Bandipur
has only one public graduate college " Bandipur
Bandipur
Campus" affiliate to Tribhuvan University and offering Bachelor in Education program. Bandipur
Bandipur
has few lower secondary schools beside above mentioned namely Dil Primary School, Ratna Rajya Middle School, Believers Academy.

Bandipur
Bandipur
Campus Building

Bhanu School

Social Organizations[edit] Bandipur
Bandipur
hosts number of social organizations like social youth forum, public library, child club. Padma library is one of the oldest libraries in Nepal, established in Rana regime itself. Lots of social organizations came up in Bandipur
Bandipur
and faded out, Tindhara Youth Cultural Group (TYC-Group) is the only active youth club (social youth forum) established in 1998. Initially it was a loose forum and was registered under District Administrative Office in 2003. Founder president of TYC-Group is Mr. Firoz Kumar Shrestha succeeded by Mr. Tara Bhattarai, Mr. Ravi Shrestha, Mr. Suman Sun Shrestha, Mr. Purendra Shrestha and current president is Mr. Rajan Bhattarai. Hoste Haise Child Development Society is another social organization working in child development and children right sector. Other social organizations to be named are Bhanu School Operation Committee, Bandipur
Bandipur
Hospital Development Committee, Raniban Social Committee, Tindhara Development Committee. Eco-Cultural Project[edit] Bandipur
Bandipur
Eco Cultural Tourism Project (BECT-Project) is the project that lift the face of Bandipur
Bandipur
as one of the major tourist destinations of Nepal. BECT-Project had assistance of EuropeAid. This project was a part of a European Commission/Asia Urbs-funded partnership project with the two European partner cities: Municipality of Hydra, Greece Hydra (island)
Hydra (island)
and Commune d Riomaggiore, Italy Riomaggiore. Its objectives were to develop and promote Bandipur
Bandipur
as a unique tourist destination: enhance, upgrade and conserve the built and natural environment of Bandipur; and support local enterprises to revitalize economic activities, ultimately extending the length of tourists stay in Bandipur. Ethnicity[edit] Formerly a Magar village, Bandipur
Bandipur
today is settled by a variety of Nepali ethnicities with different beliefs: the Bahuns, the Chhetris, the Newars, the Damais, Kamis, Sarkis, Kasais, the Magars and Gurungs.

Dhaulagiri
Dhaulagiri
& Annapurna
Annapurna
Range

Its medium elevation, excellent view of the Himalayas
Himalayas
(Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, Manaslu, Ganesh, Langtang
Langtang
Himal, the Marsyangdi Valley, Mount Manakamana
Manakamana
and Gorkha with its high perching palace), relatively easy accessibility and, of course, old Newari town flair, make Bandipur
Bandipur
an interesting tourist site from which a few guesthouses and a hotel at the northern end of the Tundikhel try to benefit. It may well be that the seclusion of Bandipur
Bandipur
saved the Newari architecture of its buildings which otherwise would have been replaced by faceless modern types found in many other towns of Nepal. The various Newari and Magar festivals, which until recently have been held for their own purposes several times a year, can be of interest to tourists too. Sorathi and Chutka dances are very popular. Due to the distance and poor accessibility of many of the home villages of pupils at Bandipur schools a number of houses have been turned into boarding houses. Many Magar and Gurung
Gurung
men serve as Gurkha soldiers.

Thani Mai

Other attractions include the Bindyabashini temple and the library in the village centre, Thani Mai, Tindhara (“Three Taps” washing place at the southeastern outskirts), Raniban (Queen's Forest), the downhill trek to the Siddha Cave and a hike to Ramkot village. On Mukundeswari, the elevation at the western end of the saddle is a little shrine and one has a view of Bandipur
Bandipur
itself.

Lamjung Phant

Some villagers have picked up growing oranges, which do quite well in the climate of that area. An hour’s walk to the west of Bandipur
Bandipur
is a silk farm.

Main Street from Balcony of Newa Guest House in Bandipur, 2014

Gallery[edit]

Bandipur

Typical Nepali House in Bandipur, 2018 

Bandipur
Bandipur
Radio Station 

View Point of Bandipur 

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Bandipur.

Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Bandipur.

References[edit]

^ "72 new municipalities announced". My Republica.com. Archived from the original on 2014-06-18. Retrieved 2014-06-10.  ^ "Government announces 72 new municipalities". The Kathmandu
Kathmandu
Post. Retrieved 2014-06-10.  ^ " Nepal
Nepal
Census 2001", Nepal's Village Development Committees, Digital Himalaya, archived from the original on 12 October 2008, retrieved 15 November 2009 .

Linda L Itlis, An Ethnohistorical Study of Bandipur, Vol. VIII, No.1, December 1980, CNAS, Tribhuvan University

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Tanahu District

Headquarter: Damauli

Anbu Khaireni
Anbu Khaireni
Municipality Arunodaya Baidi Bandipur
Bandipur
Municipality Bhanu Municipality Bhanumati Bhimad Bhirkot Bhirlung Byas
Byas
Municipality Chhang Chhimkeshwari Chhipchhipe Chok Chisapani Deurali Devghat Dharampani Dhorphirdi Gajarkot Ghansikuwa Jamune Bhanjyang Kabilas Kahu Shivapur Keshavtar Kihun Kota Kotdarbar Kyamin Majhakot Manpang Phirphire Purkot Raipur Ramjakot Ranipokhari Risti Rupakot Satiswara Shuklagandaki
Shuklagandaki
Municipality Sundhara Syamgha

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