13th the Friday, of May I had an opportunity to travel a historically important place BANDIPUR. I’ve never been there before and I was pretty much excited since the beginning.
After we crossed the core city area of Kathmandu what I saw was totally mesmerizing. Those tranquility of nature, those face kissing fresh air and how can I forget those spectacular views of countryside. Those entire cluster of feelings was really stimulating my psyche.
Our bus moves upward from the city Dumre and the I can clearly saw a gate greeting “WELCOME TO BANDIPUR” and I was like yay!! Finally the adventure of the bus travelling begins..
fig: bandipur tourist guide map
Twists and turns taken by the bus on the edge of those small road was terrifying though adventurous. Lastly those wheels were forced to stop using brakes on the hillock of the beautiful city Bandipur. From then we took a walk and began to explore the purity of Bandipur, it’s vernacular portion and yes it’s history,long-lived history.
fig : bandipur house
We walk by foot on the paved path of bandipur I began to explore bandipur by capturing it’s purity. I was so obsessed by the newari flavor architecture of Bandipur that I began to capture every structures carefully. Although the day was awfully warm and humid, My travel thirst was killing it all. We walked through the street of Bandipur and some steps upwards and reach to the Adventure resort ,bandipur where we were supposed to stay that night under the tent . Then we freshen ourselves and a short history about bandipur was explained to use by the owner of resort himself.
fig:Adventure resort bandipur
Bandipur is a small hilltop settlement and a municipality in Tanahu district of Nepal. We can merely say that Bandipur is like a Ason bazar on the top of Nagarkot hill. Because of its preserved, old time cultural atmosphere, Bandipur has increasingly been coming to the attention of tourism. Bandipur, an ancient Newari mountain town, is a treasure waiting to be discovered by travellers like us.
History of Bandipur is fascinating;it reveals interesting and often charming aspects of the culture and life of the people of Bandipur. It is said to be a Newar town established by the Newars Of Bhaktapur. This city used to be an important transit point between India-Tibet trade route. The Newar business community brought their distinct cultural and social heritage as well as their unique architecture to Bandipur. This tradition remains basically unchanged to this day.
The clean and green neighborhoods consisted of town-like features: buildings with newari flavor ,neoclassical facades, shuttered windows, tiered temples and streets paved with slabs of silver-hued slate.
The township arrived atits prime during the autocratic Rana times (1846-1951), when, in recognition of its power and prestige, the municipality was granted special permission to establish its very own library which exists to this day. fig:library of bandipur
Because of the change in the trade route and the construction of highways, people from Bandipur started to migrate downwards and the population of the city gradually decreases. During Sankatkal, Bandipur and its architecture suffers a lot. “History lasts forever” is true in sense of Bandipur because despite those several destruction it is now able to expose it’s original flavor , it’s oneness among many visitors.
Originally a rustic magar origin place Bandipur’s has it’s architecture influence of Newar community as well as Rana’s neoclassical architecture.
And my photographic mapping began to start on the topic Vernacular Architecture Of Bandipur.
amazing stone work on the entrance
Interesting infrastructure I’ve found in Bandipur is houses with an interesting balconies and a very unique stone entrance treatment.
Vernacular architecture of Bandipur
Temple architecture of bandipur unique in it’s own way. Temple of bazar has more influence of newar community and the presence of tiered temple is more. Gradually moving upwards the temple architecture differs. On the top of the hills there are presence of thani mai temple which are usually skeleton in form with horizontal enclosure on the top only. Residential houses of Bandipur was built by the locally available material stone. many houses were two and half of story with their peculiar balcony projection outward.massive structure of these houses seems to have more strength in it. Houses of bazaar are more of row housing while other than bazar houses are isolates or group of three or two built upon a terrace land.
Though the trip was for short time period I have learned more in that few time period. The only place I missed in Bandipur is a Shiddha Gufa which is the biggest gufa of Nepal. Hoping to explore those gigantic caves very soon.
“Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience. ”