Before there were roads in Nepal, trading families headquartered in this pretty hilltop village brokered much of the commerce of the central region, including Kathmandu's trade to the south. Today the village has been restored to its 19th century state, and many of the old trading houses and family homes are now small guesthouses. They stretch out along the one main street for several hundred yards / meters. Motor vehicles are banned, giving this charming town an historical feel.
There's a great hilltop view 10 minutes walk from town, and there are several nice day and half-day treks. Visitors driving between Pokhara and Kathmandu can take one or two nights in Bandipur and visit Gorkha and Manakamana Temple as sightseeing trips from here - both are nearby.