5 Vilages to Visit in Nepal

by Suraj KC | Sep 19, 2018
5 Vilages to Visit in Nepal

Nepal is always a fascinating place in terms of enjoying holidays. Apart of urban life, in Nepal a traveler can experience a natural village life. Here are the 5 villages to visit in Nepal:

1) Bandipur:

One of Nepal’s most charming towns, Bandipur is a living museum of Newari culture, a beautifully preserved village crowning a lofty ridge, its main street lined with traditional row houses. Time seems to have stood still here, although it has taken a lot of effort to preserve this magic while developing the town as a destination. Derelict buildings have been reborn as cafes and lodges, and temples and civic buildings have been pulled back from the edge of ruin. Bandipur is a hilltop settlement and a municipality in Tanahun District (Gandaki Zone) of Nepal. This municipality was established on 18 May 2014 by merging with existing Dharampani and Bandipur VDCs. Because of its preserved, old time cultural atmosphere, Bandipur has increasingly been coming to the attention of tourism. Located on a wide saddle at a height of 1,030 m the surrounding hills of Bandipur are ideal for hiking along trails that take you through tribal villages, verdant forests, and hilltop shrines that once doubled as fortresses.Following the conquest of the Kathmandu Valley in 1768 by King Prithvi Narayan Shah, many of the valley’s Newar inhabitants fanned out to establish trading posts in the hills. Some traders made their way to Bandipur, from where they began to meet the needs of an increasingly mercantile British India and the Himalayan hinterland.

2) Ghandruk:

Ghandruk, the famous Gurung village at 2,010m (6,600ft), is located northwest of the lakeside city of Pokhara. It is accessible in one day, with a four to five hour walk after a short ride from the city. Given that the small village is on the much used trail to the Annapurna Sanctuary or the Annapurna Base Camp (also called ‘ABC’ by trekkers), it claims to be the most visited trekking area in Nepal, and is widely known and popular among international visitors.
Ghandruk is a popular place for treks in the Annapurna range of Nepal, with easy trails and various accommodation possibilities. From Ghandruk there are views to the mountains of Annapurna including Machapuchare. It is the second biggest village in Annapurna region.

3) Ghalegau:

Ghalegau is a beautiful village situated at an altitude of 1,970m in the northwest of Khundi, the main entrance point to the A napurna trekking route. This Gurungvillage of about 105 houses consist only about twenty five houses of Chhetri and Biswakarma. Ghalegaun is rich in natural and cultural beauty. The Gurung community in the village with their own language and culture and the splendid views of the Himalayas and mountains belonging to thirteen different districts make this village irresitable to the explorers of nature and culture.

4) Daman:

For those seeking the ultimate panoramic Himalayan view, Daman is the place to visit. Located approx 80 km southwest of the Kathmandu valley, Daman (2,400 m) offers the only unimpeded view of the entire Himalayan range – roughly 400 km of Himalayan panorama. Daman is located on the Tribhuvan Highway between Kathmandu and the town of Hetauda. A walk around the surrounding area or a lounging on the one of the resort here is just a different experience in itself. The village also contains the Everest Panorama Resort, which includes a helipad. Since the village lies on the outskirts of Kathmandu, it provides a great opportunity for the people residing in Kathmandu to observe its beauty and use it for means of recreation. Also, during winter, snowfall occurs in the hills, augmenting the beauty of the village. There is religious site near called Risheshor Mahadev Temple.

5) Chitlang:

Chitlang VDC is located in ancient Newar settlement. Inscriptions dating back to Licchavi era have been found in this place. An inscription was found in Toukhel, Ward 6 of Chitlang VDC, established by king Amsubharma (in sambat 37). According to the inscription, Amshubarma had given the land to shepherds and established a settlement for shepherds in Toukhel, Nhulgaun, Kunchhal etc. of Chitlang Some historians believe that these people called Gopalis are the descendants of rulers of the Gopal era. In Chitlang there are different cultures: in ward no 1 there is Tamang culture in ward no. 2 Khas(Newar,Tamang and Bahun)Mix culture. in ward nos 3, 4, 5, 6 and there is the Newari culture; ward nos. 8, 7 and 9 has a mixed culture


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