A sunny weekend spent with friends from Devon at Bandipur, a small hill town sited high above the main road between Pokhora and Kathmandu. We stayed at The Old Inn, a traditional house restored in Newari style and turned into a lovely hotel. The building is full of beautiful carved wood and interesting artifacts. Lovely food and good service too. It was nice to be spoilt for the weekend!
My room has a low ceiling and dark stained woodwork. There is a balcony from which I can look out down the valley.
The library has comfy chairs and interesting fittings.
When it is clear there are wonderful mountain views, but sadly this weekend it has been too hazy, so have had to be satisfied with the nearby hills. Outside on the terrace there are tables and chairs for visitors to use. We ate breakfast there each morning and we spent several hours there, sitting in the sun reading our books on Saturday afternoon.
|Gateway to the lower garden.|
Bandipur is a pedestrianised town, with no motorised traffic, making it peaceful, tranquil and very relaxing. The Main Street is paved in stone and there are stone paths and steps leading down the hillsides between the houses. Visitors stroll around or stop for refreshments at the cafes.
There are numerous small temples to find and beautiful flowers everywhere.