|Route||Kathmandu > Bandipur|
|Date||January 14, 2017 – January 15, 2017||Coordinator||Pawan Kharel|
|Participants||Amrita Rai, Jeevan Timilsina, Kamal Pokharel, Pawan Kharel, Sabin Man Sangat, Sandip Adhikari, Saraswoti Pant, Satendra Shakya, Shandipta Rai, Sunil Gc|
|Report By||Amrita Rai|
|Photos By||Kamal Pokharel|
|Creative Support||Barsha Dahal|
Somewhere I read “Travelling- it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”, and see this is so true. Speechless and mesmerized by the scenic beauty of uphill village, here I am sharing my first travel of year 2017 to Bandipur. This was my third outing from Deerwalk, however the very first one with my new team (PA QA) and I was really excited.
Our trip to Bandipur started off from Deerwalk premises at around 9 am picking up few team members along the way.
The last one to join the gang was Shandipta who made us more than happy with her homemade “Selroti” treat. And I must say that was really yummy, thanks Shandipta .
The last one to join the gang was Shandipta who made us more than happy with her homemade “Selroti” treat. And I must say that was really yummy, thanks Shandipta We then stopped at Malekhu for breakfast and had our lunch at Kurintar. Shortly after lunch we arrived at our destination, Bandipur Mountain Resort quite earlier than expected. After checking in and rested for a few moments we started exploring the beautiful Bandipur. We started with Tundikhel, an open field near resort which truly amazed us by the magnificent view of himalayan range and marsyangdi valley. We walked for a while, took some memorable pictures with lovely mountains in the background and then headed to see the very famous Bandipur bazaar. This authentic Bandipur bazaar lies in the heart of Bandipur village having traditional newari houses and colorful shops. We had our coffees and snacks in one of the street restaurants out there and clicked as many snaps to capture every enjoyed moments around the bazaar.
We returned to our resort at around 6 in the evening and it was the time for our team building games. There were two teams Mountain Hawks and Kung Fu Monkeys lead by Jeevandai and Kamal respectively. I was in Mountain Hawks. We played two team building games “Roll to the End” and “Catch me if you can”. Both were equally challenging and interesting. The first game was won by Kung Fu Monkeys and the second one by Mountain Hawks (Yay my team!!!). Besides those two games, we also played two other funny games called “Say what I say, and do opposite of what I say” and “7 UP” which made me nostalgic about my childhood and all the silly games we played. The winners of “7 Up” was Saraswoti and Shandipta. After team building games, it had got quite dark and we were all set for barbeque and camp fire. Soon the guys were merry with their drinks and we got to see many hidden talents of our teammates- singing, dancing and storytelling with some comedy tadka. Later we had our dinner at around 8:30 pm, then sat for few more singing rounds near campfire and finally moved to our respective rooms for a long good night sleep.
The next morning we woke up, had our breakfast at around 8:30 am and left for hike to Siddha Gufa, the largest cave of Nepal. We had to hike down the hill almost for an hour and half to reach Siddha Gufa. This was my first visit to any type of cave and I was really excited to get inside. Unfortunately, we had no guide (/no torchlights) and this actually made us difficult to move inside the cave. However, we decided to walk together with the help of each other’s mobile flashlight and thankfully it worked .
All those rope climbing and stairs to walk down inside the cave made our journey really adventurous. Lots of photos were taken inside the cave to keep our memories of Siddha Gufa fresh and alive. With all those precious memories and photographs in our cameras we then hit the road back to Kathmandu. Summing up, it was an awesome experience to travel new place with new companions and all thanks to Deerwalk for making it possible.