The Newari bazaar town of Bandipur sits atop a lofty ridge, offering a reminder of medieval Nepal along with truly spectacular Himalayan vistas.

Originally a village, it was colonized in the 1800s by Newars from Bhaktapur and became a prosperous centre for garment-making and a trading stop along the India–Tibet route.

Today, the glory days are long gone but the town’s nineteenth-century mansions, with their grand Neoclassical facades and shuttered windows are drawing tourists stopping over between Kathmandu and Pokhara, attracted by numerous boutique hotels and homestays.

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