Bandipur always fascinated with me with the images that pulled me on its way..
THE WORLD IS NOT SAFE – BUT YOU SHOULD EXPLORE IT ANYWAY
While it is true that I arrived here with great guts and passion. I don’t always get that pre-anxiety, or jitters, or butterflies when I am about to do something exciting but this was something made for all excitement.
I was looking for mountain views, spring blooms and a great trekking experience.
And the Hiking Day! (Siddha Gupha)
437m deep and 50m high, Siddha Gufa is said to be the largest cave in Nepal. I didn’t know in anyway how it was going to be but prepared with coke and cheese sandwich (Literally it was just a cheese which I tell it was expensive)
But it started nice and easy, I was hiking at a good clip as it was mostly down for the better part of the morning. I eventually came to a fresh mountain spring after a few hours of walking. It was incredible. It was the greatest thing my eyes had ever seen, it was like I was actually hiking. The water was coming out from under a rock that was underneath the root system of a tree in the side of the mountain. It was not hot, actually not my kinda hot anyways.
The forest path was very steep and offered a unique challenge compared to other treks. The forest floor was loose and again, my guide, bishal sure and steady approach to hike meant we had time to take care and enjoy the surroundings.
But let me tell you I was not able to capture real picture at cave. It was enormous fun, my shoes failed to prove me that it can be better for hike but slippery made more adventurous and yes that dark, amazing pattern of rock, wet chilly atmosphere and realized we failed to charge enough for torch but we managed and things took a turn for the worse, the muddy sloppy ways that I was slipping and sliding.
I really can’t emphasis how much I enjoyed my stay at Bandipur. The house owners were lovely. Everything I ate that was fresh with love. Dal bhat never tasted so good. However it was the ghee bread that blew me away.
Bandipur is a living museum of Newari culture, a beautifully preserved village crowning a lofty ridge above the highway stop of Dumre .Travelers should expect to stay out for a good 2 to 3 days, you will get bored when you planned to stay longer. Make sure to wear comfortable clothes, hiking shoes (that should consist grip), and drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, which is common in when you need to hike.
Those who wish to spend a bit longer exploring the villages can sleep in the modest facilities-wooden huts and bungalows that have plain rooms, with shared bathrooms and a dining area that offers simple yet delicious local staples. What makes sleeping so special is the feeling of closeness to nature that one only gets here.