Bahundanda is the last Indo-Aryan village before the Tibeto-Burman strongholds
of the north. And also rather than the warrior clans of the Indo-Aryan Khas
group who are called Chhetris, this village, in particular, is populated by
Brahmans or the priestly clans. So, it isn't hard to see how the village got
its name. This village however also has a sizeable population of Newars, the
merchant group from the Kathmandu valley.
A local Gurung man however related a rather amusing story about how the
village name came to be. To the west of the village proper, there is a hillock
with a rather pointed peak similar to the pointy nose of the Brahmins. Since
the hill looks like the nose of a Brahmin, the village was called Bahundanda.
While most certainly untrue, this story sure has a bit of a thing going for
This village also happens to be the hometown of one of the most eminent poets
of Nepal, Madhav Prasad Ghimire. He is most famous for his poems showing the
beauty of the Nepal. His nationalistic poems are also much adored by both
nationalist and jingoists alike.