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Siddha Gufa

Making for a popular half-day trip, at 437m deep and 50m high, Siddha Gufa is said to be the largest cave in Nepal. Its cathedral-like chasm is full of twisted stalactites and stalagmites and hundreds of bats chirp and whistle overhead. Guides (Rs 400) are compulsory and await you at the cave’s entrance. Flashlights are also available for hire.

Getting here is definitely a trek, taking 1½ hours one way (consider hiring a guide from Bandipur’s Tourist Information Centre). Follow the signs starting from the north end of the village, taking you along a dirt path running north over the edge of the ridge, turning right at the obvious junction. The stone path is slippery so mind your step. From here it’s a 25-minute walk downhill to Bimalnagar for buses to Pokhara or Kathmandu.

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