Tanahun district is a part of Gandaki Pradesh with Damauli as its district headquarter. The town of Bandipur was its previous district headquarter. This district lies in the middlemost part of the country. This district is located in the hilly region of western Nepal. It borders Chitwan to the east, Syangja to the west, Kaski, Lamjung and Gorkha to the north and Nawalparasi and Palpa to the south. The majority of people living here belong to the Brahmin, Chhetri, Newar and Magar ethnic communities. Bandipur is one of the major tourist attractions in this district. It is a small Newari town offering traditional atmosphere with its typical Newari architecture and spectacular views of Himalayan range. The biggest cave in Nepal Siddha Gufa is also located near Bandipur. Bandipur is conveniently located midway on the road from Kathmandu to Pokhara. It invites travelers to experience its unique offerings- rich hill culture, mountain views and hiking that is well preserved.
Places to visit in Tanahun
Bandipur Bazaar is the heart of Bandipur which is medieval-looking that sweeps in a gentle curve along the top of the hill. The stone paved main street is lined with compact town houses with ornate windows and doorways and roofs of tin or slate. The rows of house have covered veranda extend in front providing shade in summer sun and monsoon rain, all along the street.
Tundikhel is a field to the northern end of Bandipur Bazaar in Tanahun district. It is an wonderful vantage point for viewing the Marsyangdi valley (below 500m) and the magnificent Himalayan Range (above 8000m) in a single frame. It includes the amazing peaks of Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, Langtang, Manaslu and Ganesh Himal among others. The legendary Gorkha Palace and the famous Manakamana Peak can also be seen from here.
Thani Mai (Purano Kot)
Purano Kot is originally a fort that lies at a distance of about 500m to the west of the main bazaar. To reach the top it takes about 20 minutes of easy and gentle climbing. There is a small temple containing a number of old statues. Next to it stands a newly built temple of Thanithan Mai. Among the local people there is a belief that praying to the god Mahadev at this spot during a drought will bring rain. As this spot lies on a hilltop above the bazaar, it provides stunning views of the mountains and the bazaar especially at sunrise and sunset.
Siddha cave is the must-see destination of this region which was discovered only in 1987. Rich in stalactites and stalagmites, it is said to be the largest cave in Himalayan region. Hillsides in Bandipur are dotted with caves, often carrying religious significance for the locals. Siddha cave is located in Tanahun district just above the cliff of Bimalnagar from where it is a 30 minutes climb.
Hike to Ramkot Village
Ramkot is a two hours hike to the west of Bandipur, Tanahun. It passes through Muchuk village from where Mukundeswari can also be visited. Ramkot is a typical Magar village with traditional round houses which is untouched by modern development offering. It provides an opportunity to experience authentic lifestyle of rural Nepal. From this place one can go to Chabdi Barahi, a pilgrimage spot which can be reached after two hours of hiking.
Teendhara is a picnic spot that lies to the east of the main bazaar in Tanahun and can be reached in 15 minutes. The name of this place was derived from the original three water spouts which is still the main source of water for the villagers. The shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva lies nearby with rest houses and shady spouts scattered around which makes this place favourite for picnickers.
It is a pagoda style temple from the medieval period which is located to the southeast of the main bazaar. There is an image of the goddess Bindhebasini enshrined. It also contains idols of other goddess. During the New Year celebration in April, the image of goddess Bindhebasini is kept on chariot and pulled through the town.
Things to do in Tanahun
Rock climbing can be done in 165m tall slope which is situated at Bimal Nagar. The slope lies near to Marsyangdi river.
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