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Bandipur, a charming hilltop settlement situated in the Tanahun District of the Gandaki Province in Nepal, is celebrated for its well-preserved traditional cultural ambiance. Here are some key details about Bandipur:



  • Coordinates: 27.56 N, 84.25 E
  • Elevation: 1030m
  • Geography: Nestled on a mountain saddle (Mahabharat range) approximately 700m above the Marsyangdi River Valley.
  • Distance: Positioned 143 km west of Kathmandu and 80 km east of Pokhara.
  • Access: Linked by an 8km access road from Dumre (Prithvi Highway) since 1998.




  • Establishment: Bandipur evolved as a trading hub by Newar traders from Bhaktapur in the Kathmandu Valley after its conquest in 1768 by Prithvi Narayan Shah.
  • Trade Route: It gained significance as a pivotal point along the India-Tibet trade route.
  • Cultural Heritage: The cultural heritage and architecture brought by Newar traders have endured over time.
  • Heyday: Bandipur flourished during the Rana times (1846-1951) and boasted its library during that era.
  • Decline: Trading dwindled in the 1970s with the construction of the Prithvi Highway, leading to the isolation of Bandipur.



  Wards and Municipality:  

  • Wards: Bandipur Rural Municipality is divided into 6 wards.
  • Municipality Status: Attained municipality status on June 2, 2014.
  • Merge: Dharampani VDC was amalgamated with Bandipur to form the municipality.



  • Secondary Schools: Nine secondary schools operate in Bandipur.
  • Higher Education: Bandipur hosts one public graduate college, “Bandipur Campus,” affiliated with Tribhuvan University, offering a Bachelor in Education program.


  Social Organizations:  

  • Library: Padma Library, established in the Rana regime, stands as one of the oldest libraries in Nepal.
  • Youth Club: Tindhara Youth Cultural Group (TYC-Group) functions as an active youth club.
  • Child Development: Hoste Haise Child Development Society is actively engaged in child development and children’s rights sectors.



  Eco-Cultural Project:  

  • Bandipur Eco-Cultural Tourism Project (BECT-Project): A project designed to develop and promote Bandipur as a unique tourist destination, with the support of EuropeAid.


  Demographics (2011 Nepal Census):  

  • Population: Bandipur Rural Municipality had a population of 20,077.
  • Languages: Predominantly Nepali, Gurung, Magar, Newar, and others.
  • Ethnicity/Caste: Mainly Gurung, Magar, Chhetri, Hill Brahmin, Newar, and others.
  • Religion: Primarily Hindu, Buddhist, Christian, Muslim, and others.
  • Literacy: 71.8% were literate, 2.3% could only read, and 25.8% were unable to read or write.


Bandipur’s rich history, cultural heritage, and breathtaking natural surroundings make it a significant and captivating destination in Nepal.


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The team collected the information via a field visit to provide accurate and updated information.
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Sudeep Thapa
Sudeep Thapa
Sudeep Thapa is a Founder and Chief Author at Best Ten Universe. He has completed a Bachelor of Business Studies from Lumbini Banijya Campus ( Tribhuwan University ) .

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