|Date||December 24, 2016 and December 25, 2016||Coordinator||Parakram Shrestha|
|Participants||Aadit Kayastha, Aman Maharjan, Bhola Kaji Niroula, Bibek Lal Shrestha, Divesh Upreti, Ganga Maharjan, Hem Prassad Binadi, Kanchan Dutta, Manish Budhathoki, Parakram Shrestha, Prakash Chandra Karn, Richa Chaudhary, Shaswat Pratap Khan and Sulekha Bhandari|
|Report By||Shaswat Pratap Khan|
|Photos By||Bibek Lal Shrestha, Divesh Upreti, Hem Prassad Binadi and Parakram Shrestha|
|Creative Support||Barsha Dahal|
Shaswat Pratap Khan
Bandipur, a beautifully preserved village located above the highway in between Mugling and Pokhara–was our destination for the team outing. We were extremely excited to visit Bandipur. We started off from Deerwalk Complex at 10:00 a.m. and began a long journey. All the snacks and drinks were ready as we moved in and with some singing and teasing sessions, we finally reached Malekhu where we had lunch with the unforgettable “Malekhu Maccha” (fish). Bibek and Divesh, our very own photographers captured lovely moments through their lenses.
By the time we reached Bandipur, it was already 4:30 p.m and on the way we could already sense the beauty and a clean environment. It always feels good to take some time off from work, noise and pollution. As soon as we reached to our hotel, we were warmly welcomed by the staff who ensured all the arrangements for our stay was impeccable. After freshening up, we set out to explore Bandipur village. We found Bandipur to be an embodiment of Newari culture, with patterned windows locally called ‘aakhijhyaal’ lined up all over the traditional newari homes. The local were very welcoming and as sweet as “oranges” and yes that is what Bandipur is famous for (Oranges).
We then headed to Tundikhel, where we could see local kids playing football. Our pro photographers started capturing the beauty of Bandipur in the dusk with village decorated with beautiful lighting. When we returned to our hotel, a festive spread was awaiting us at the dining table. I did not even bother going to the room and started munching on barbeque and chicken lollipops like a vampire.
Rest of the crew joined in and we had a blast with a bonfire, music, bit of dancing and singing(remix version). Aman deserves a special mention here for his ghost story to scare the girl gang.
Rest of the crew joined in and we had a blast with a bonfire, music, bit of dancing and singing(remix version). Aman deserves a special mention here for his ghost story to scare the girl gang. After a wonderful evening, we hit the sack as we had to catch the sunrise next morning.
After a “nap” of 3 hours, we got up early and climbed the top of the hill to observe the Himalayas and sunrise and boy was the stunning view worth it. After breakfast, we went back to Bandipur bazaar to buy some cultural souvenirs and then visited Khadga Devi Temple.
All set to return to KTM, we packed our stuffs and headed home having created wonderful memories to be cherished for a lifetime.