Hiking from Bandipur to Ramkot

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Date: April 4-5, 2009
Participants: AmendraS, ArbindK, BidhaR, BirajS, ManishD, MukeshS, NishikarS, PragyaR, RajeshS, RajuM, SabitaK, SagarA, SangitaM, ShreejanaP, SumitS, VinayaS
Hiking Route: Bandipur – Ramkot – Bandipur
Report By: NishikarS
Coordinator: BirajS
Caption: BidhaR, BirajS, MukeshS, SangitaM, ShreejanaP
Photos: ArbindK, BidhaR, BirajS, MukeshS, RajuM, SangitaM,SumitS, VinayaS
Creative Support: Dijup Tuladhar, Pallavi Sharma
Geographic Information of Bandipur
Country: Nepal
Zone: Gandaki
District: Tanahu
Latitude: 27.93333
Longitude: 84.41667
Latitude (DMS): 27° 55′ 60 N
Longitude (DMS): 84° 25′ 0 E
Altitude: 1,030 m.

The Data department is often ridiculed for organizing the most boring hikes. So, most people felt that this was just going to be another one of those mundane and unexciting travels. But this time around the partnership of Mukesh Sah and Biraj Shakya wanted to prove everyone wrong. It was decided that the tiny yet beautiful village of Bandipur would be the right place. The decision was unanimous. The main attraction of the hike was to be Siddha Cave, the largest cave in Asia whose end it is said has not yet been discovered by any human.

But before we could set out on our journey there was still one battle to be fought – the football match between Data Demons and QA Bigfoots. The game was a tight contest. The Data Demons fought like brave warriors but eventually went down to the QC Bigfoots two goals to one. It was a moment of terrible grief for the Demons and more so for the hikers. Most of the players could be seen fighting back tears of anguish. It was doubtful whether the hike would even be successful. Was this going to be just another one of those drudging hikes, we wondered. Eventually, the Demons found solace in the wise words of Frank Zappa – “The whole universe is a joke. All things in the universe are just sub divisions of that joke. So why take anything seriously?” The mood lightened quickly and we eventually set out on our journey on a warm Saturday afternoon.

The drive to Bandipur was eventful. We encountered four different road accidents along the way one of which involved our own vehicle. A truck carelessly rammed into the left looking mirror of the our van. According to Ram dai, its cost was around fourteen thousand rupees which was hard to believe especially for Vinaya as he repeatedly asked Ram dai if he was sure of the cost. The issue was resolved after consulting with Vishnu dai. We decided to let go. This caused a delay of more than an hour. But we did not let this dampen our spirits. We sang songs and danced and played games like caged birds which had been set free. It seemed as though people were finally allowed to exhibit some abnormal behavior. It was fun. The trip usually takes around four hours. But this time it took seven hours. We reached Bandipur after sunset. It was dark. A light drizzle was falling. It turned out that the previous day strong winds and heavy rainfall had damaged the electric poles at Bandipur. So there was no lights, no mobile network and no telephone – a perfect setting for some thrill seeking hikers.

That night Mukesh came up with a sinister plan. He decided that everyone should join him in playing a game of cards. Under the belief that the spirit of the Card God was with him, he was confident of winning. He was to use the loot to buy a Chuck-Norris T-shirt. However, it wasn’t to be. At the end of the game, Mukesh could be seen literally banging his head on the wall with partner in crime, Mr. Oracle himself – Arbind comforting him. It was also the night of another important and historic event. That night, when partners Manish and Nishikar cracked jokes and fell to the ground in intoxicating laughter, the free flying spirits of Mithunda and Rajnikant entered their souls.

We woke up early the next morning. Everyone was pumped up and ready for the greatest hike of all time. It was to be a double treat – first to the village of Ramkot and then a shorter yet more difficult walk to Siddha Cave. But before that we decided to kick off the hike by visting the Tundikhel at Bandipur. The main attraction at Tundikhel was the clouds that floated above the hills like an ocean of white cotton. We marveled at the scenery. The pale orange rays of the rising sun above these clouds made it look even more heavenly. In fact, Amendra was so moved by the atmosphere that he decided to do a blind bungy jump on the clouds themselves. However, he later decided to back off as the move was considered by many to be too suicidal.

The hike to Ramkot was not really that interesting. People just walked and cracked jokes. The highlight was Mukesh falling to the ground in intoxicating laughter under the influence of Arbind Kr. Karna classics. Another highlight was Manish throwing away a bottle of pure mineral water just for the heck of it. It was just really right wing, normal kind of fun.

It is weird how the best moments in life come at the time when you least expect it. This time around it was the walk to Siddha Cave. We expected it to be a short thirty minutes hike but we were wrong. Instead, it was an incredibly steep climb from the highway to the top of a cliff where the cave was located and that too under the blazing afternoon sun. People grumbled and complained but kept walking. We simply had to see this cave. Eventually, all of us managed to get there. Siddha Cave was an amazing piece of natural architecture. It was like walking from a burning oven into an air conditioned room. With torch lights and a guide with us we decided to explore the cave. People were quite scared at first. “May be we should return”, some said. But then we decided to continue. Once we entered the cave, it felt like we were transported to another world. The walls of the cave seemed to be carved into weird sort of shapes. Some looked like tiger’s claws, others like

snakes and still others like cauliflowers! We were then shown a place inside the cave where a sadhu had meditated for a couple of months. Moving from the easy parts of the cave we were taken to places where it was slightly more difficult to get to. Again, some were apprehensive. “No, we shouldn’t go there”, they said. But others protested and we moved on into the haunting darkness. The cave began to smell of sulphur and some complained of feeling claustrophobic. Mukesh famously remarked, “My dear brothers and sisters. To whom do you have to show your bravery and courage? Let us return.” So he decided instead to sit there and manufacture glucose using the chemicals in the walls of the cave and drink it to increase his energy. Eventually, we decided to return from the cave when we had reached a point from which it seemed impossible to move on. The return trip began late in the afternoon. During the journey, Nishikar suggested that the hikers listen to his “psychotic song collection” but it was unanimously rejected. Finally, we arrived back at Kathmandu at around 8 PM. It definitely was the most awesome hike of all time.

Getting started for the adventure
01 Getting started for the adventure
Jaam cha tara bread chaaina
02 Jaam cha tara bread chaaina
Chado photo leuu...gadi aaudai cha.
03 Chado photo leuu…gadi aaudai cha.
Accident No. 1
04 Accident No. 1
Jaam ma photo session
05 Jaam ma photo session
Now no looking back for D2 (Accident No. 2)
06 Now no looking back for D2 (Accident No. 2)
Lost my voice
07 Lost my voice
Mithun Da with his JAWANI DIWANI
08 Mithun Da with his JAWANI DIWANI
Piercing sun`s rays
09 Piercing sun`s rays
KODI-nator busy in Photo session
10 KODI-nator busy in Photo session
Pose dina Jhulunge pul samma janu parne!!!
11 Pose dina Jhulunge pul samma janu parne!!!
Spiderwoman Spiderwoman Does whatever a spider can
12 Spiderwoman Spiderwoman Does whatever a spider can
say cheese
13 say cheese
Every action has equal and opposite reaction
14 Every action has equal and opposite reaction
bandipur @ 6 am
15 bandipur @ 6 am
Dancing baby
16 Dancing baby
Outside meeting
17 Outside meeting
Namaste
18 Namaste
Whats in ur frame Raju dai
19 Whats in ur frame Raju dai
Ramro Budha payes
20 Ramro Budha payes
Daku Phoolan devi
21 Daku Phoolan devi
Gabbar Singh ko naya avatar
22 Gabbar Singh ko naya avatar
Bhaktapur or Bandipur !
23 Bhaktapur or Bandipur !
Not child`s play
24 Not child`s play
Nepali crib
25 Nepali crib
Flashback
26 Flashback
Beish saal baadh
27 Beish saal baadh
flour production in progess
28 flour production in progess
Morning bliss
29 Morning bliss
Morning Beauties
30 Morning Beauties
Almost heaven
31 Almost heaven
swarga ki pari khojdai keta haru
32 swarga ki pari khojdai keta haru
kata heryara photo khichyako
33 kata heryara photo khichyako
Travelled from PASUPATI
34 Travelled from PASUPATI
kun camera ma herne hola
35 kun camera ma herne hola
Sumit Kr. SINGH in the truest sense
36 Sumit Kr. SINGH in the truest sense
uff...another group photo
37 uff…another group photo
Preparing to FLY
38 Preparing to FLY
Jr. GOVINDA chele sasuraal
39 Jr. GOVINDA chele sasuraal
1st Sabita, tie in 2nd position Amendra and Pragya
40 1st Sabita, tie in 2nd position Amendra and Pragya
Rajnikat thinking to make BARMUDA Triangle a st. line !!
41 Rajnikat thinking to make BARMUDA Triangle a st. line !!
Round table conference
42 Round table conference
Is this enough for today`s Lunch
43 Is this enough for today`s Lunch
badalu ko ghumto le....
44 badalu ko ghumto le….
Gearing up for the hike
45 Gearing up for the hike
Ahilae ta hike start nai va chaina ni
46 Ahilae ta hike start nai va chaina ni
Everybody follow me
47 Everybody follow me
Hikers on the MOVE
48 Hikers on the MOVE
best fit for MINERAL WATER Ad.
49 best fit for MINERAL WATER Ad.
Humungous tree creature from `Lord of the Rings`
50 Humungous tree creature from `Lord of the Rings`
One way traffic
51 One way traffic
Doko bokera hike garnu payaa bhaya
52 Doko bokera hike garnu payaa bhaya
Dai you are far behind Hurry up
53 Dai you are far behind Hurry up
And my heart will go on and on...
54 And my heart will go on and on…
Haryo Dada mathi halo jotne sathi
55 Haryo Dada mathi halo jotne sathi
Modern D2 Baba praying for Menkazz
56 Modern D2 Baba praying for Menkazz
Modern Bishwamitra with Menkazz
57 Modern Bishwamitra with Menkazz
Myaa.... Ma Kathamandu janaa........
58 Myaa…. Ma Kathamandu janaa……..
Every one lost in their own work
59 Every one lost in their own work
NAYA NEPAL ko bhabisya
60 NAYA NEPAL ko bhabisya
Nishikar ko gobar
61 Nishikar ko gobar
Photographer in ACTION
62 Photographer in ACTION
Walking bushes
63 Walking bushes
Khoi Ramkot kati taada ho
64 Khoi Ramkot kati taada ho
Bidha`s waterfall
65 Bidha`s waterfall
kahele pani parla Ra dhan ropu!
66 kahele pani parla Ra dhan ropu!
Part of nature
67 Part of nature
Ladla hai
68 Ladla hai
Right Hand of KODI-Nator
69 Right Hand of KODI-Nator
Its hiking not Racing
70 Its hiking not Racing
Regular hiker
71 Regular hiker
Ruko dost..kaha bhag raha hai
72 Ruko dost..kaha bhag raha hai
Searching for CATALYST to talk with
73 Searching for CATALYST to talk with
Ramrare khaoo...Ghufa jana baki cha
74 Ramrare khaoo…Ghufa jana baki cha
Sangita di on lead
75 Sangita di on lead
Over Acting ko BEHAAALLLL bhayecha
76 Over Acting ko BEHAAALLLL bhayecha
uffff Behaal !!!! phasayo SAGAR le
77 uffff Behaal !!!! phasayo SAGAR le
Can`t walk anymore
78 Can`t walk anymore
Dont cry, hiking not over yet
79 Dont cry, hiking not over yet
Cavemen
80 Cavemen
Hurray i Summon the Guffa.........hehe
81 Hurray i Summon the Guffa………hehe
Clap for Sangita didi guys
82 Clap for Sangita didi guys
River into the cave
83 River into the cave
Top view
84 Top view
God inside the cave
85 God inside the cave
Excited to be inside ASIA`s largest CAVE
86 Excited to be inside ASIA`s largest CAVE
Caved in
87 Caved in
natural art
88 natural art
Rock climbing rocks
89 Rock climbing rocks
Naya Nepal ko Mechi-Mahakali Railway tunnel under construction
90 Naya Nepal ko Mechi-Mahakali Railway tunnel under construction
Elephant fossil
91 Elephant fossil
Skull
92 Skull
Endless ladder
93 Endless ladder
finally we reached down
94 finally we reached down
Pahechan Kaun Kaun
95 Pahechan Kaun Kaun
sculpture inside the CAVE
96 sculpture inside the CAVE
Sangita didi in disguise
97 Sangita didi in disguise
Siriyana on the lead - Kati hidna sakeko!!
98 Siriyana on the lead – Kati hidna sakeko!!
Hiking from Bandipur to Ramkot was last modified: September 28th, 2015 by Administrator

Blog Comments

  1. Shutterbug

    Shutterbug Rating
    Perfect Shot : “34 Travelled from PASUPATI”
    Hilarious Shot : “40 1st Sabita, tie in 2nd position Amendra and Pragya”
    Journalistic Shot : “43 Is this enough for today’s Lunch” & “26 Flashback”
    Interesting Shot : “29 Morning bliss”
    Well Composed Shot : “34 Travelled from PASUPATI”, “83 River into the cave” , “84 Top view” & “87 Caved in”

  2. Nishchal

    Viewing this cave i remembered by Cave Journey Near Parbat, Baglung. Its 11 km long and it is believed Mahabharata’s Pandav came to hide there. One interesting EU destination might be to Parbat. Really amazing place for Hiking.

  3. Mithun-DA Fan

    Mithun da , you were really intertaining. So i’m Mithun Da’s fan. Credit goes equally to Rajnikant………….It was great fun to have Bermuda Square to be Bermuda Triangle……….MITHUN DA DECIDES IF THE HIKE WAS ENTERTAINING OR NOT, SO IF HE SAYS “Mithun Da had grt fun at the hike….” SO HIKE MUST INTERESTING.

  4. report_writer

    if any one of u wants the “uncensored” version of the report pls give ur email id because there is one big event from the hike that is missing in this report….

  5. Mithun-DA Fan

    Dhilung u’re right. There isn’t authentic stat of Siddha Cave. Is there anything the EU could do for its recognition? What i feel is if EU plays some role in this sector , Siddha Cave can be a center of attraction for Tourists in Nepal and who knows some hidden aspects of our country gets enlighted.
    It’s just a view that can be noticed.

  6. Flashback

    Pics 26. – 27. herda ta HINDI film ko story yaad aauncha…………………………………………………….

  7. @I'm handsome Says:

    Please I’m handsome : give ur name too in the next hike..so that we can include you as photographer…hehe

  8. Mithun-DA Fan

    50-50 deal ta kaha birsincha. chotkari ma lekhda po na lekhya ni. khelne ko thaha chaina, herene ko heart beat was really high…….this time Mithun Da doesn’t decides who wins in BLIND….haha

  9. Reply to I'm handsome

    No one of us are PROFESSIONAL Photographers.. Yet the pic. are good and we had gr888888888888 time, that what matters the most.

  10. I'm handsome

    khoi malai ta pictures haru teti ramro lagena, aruko k raya 6 yesma?

    anyways, u all have enjoyed a lot…cheers!!!

  11. Reply to hyaaaaaa

    sathi manche lai matra herna vayena ni…….. manche ko pachadi ta bandipur ko scene haru chadai cha ni….. yeso sabai tira herna paryo ni……..

  12. Mithun-DA Fan

    Jawani Deewani ta khatra thiyo tyasmathi Amendra ko comment……view from tudikhel was awsome…….Govinda ta jhanai khatra……RAJU dai ko Blind with 500 on board is unforgettable….tyo 30 mins hike to CAVE ko k koora garne, 45 degree ko continuous Stairs le Mithunda lai pani gahro paryo……Above all most memorable hike so far

  13. Hiking Lover

    Its was the best hike ..Enjoyed each minutes………….Finally the report and the captions are fantastic………
    Great job guys….

  14. Pragya

    Great Hiking !! View of Cloud from top of the hill was incredible. Exploring the Asia’s largest cave was a thrilling experience.

  15. Sabita

    Another memorable hike……3o mins walk to cave was really tough …………Sab ko halat kharab…….View from tudhikhel was magical………something never seen before……………

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