fresh air: Bandipur

On our research retreat, we had one more day trip to a town called Bandipur.  It’s a small town on the top of a hill with great views of the mountains.  In some ways it’s a complete tourist town.  However, it is overlooked by most who drive by it because it’s a bit out of the way from the main road which leads to Pokhara.  Because of this, the town has remained very pristine and a little more untouched.  While, I think the town deserves some more recognition, I do hope it keeps these characteristics.

When we left the Riverside Springs Resort in the morning, it was very foggy and visibility was very low.  It was still this way when we reached the turn off for the road up to Bandipur, but as we drove up the switchbacks and got higher, the fog broke.  We had a spectacular view of the mountains to the north and the sun was shining.  The air was clean and warm and we were set up for a really great, relaxing day.

We basically just took the few hours we were there and walked around the town, taking in the views and the people.  We found one place in particular which had absolutely wonderful views of the mountains (some of the best I have ever seen).  We grabbed lunch at a little restaurant with views looking down over a valley.

There is apparently a silk farm here, which we didn’t get a chance to see as it was time to head out.  Though, I have no doubt I will go back again and will have a chance to check it out.  After visiting the town, we all were trying to find ways to conduct research there.  Even with only spending a few hours there, it was definitely one of my favorite places I’ve been to in Nepal.

The day was finished off with hanging out by the pool (ben took a dip) and our nightly research discussion and dinner by the fire.

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photos (c) Bethany Meuleners

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