Situated on a hilltop watching over Phewa Lake is the World Peace Pagoda also known as Peace Temple and Shanti Stupa. This white stupa was constructed by Buddhist monks from the Japanese Nipponzan Myohoji organization as a symbol of peace. Opened in 1999, it is Nepal’s first World Peace Pagoda.
How to get there?
There are three routes you can opt for to reach the hilltop. First and the easiest way is to hire a boat from the Phewa lakeside till the foothill on the other side. From there, it is a small trek of 20-30 minutes till the stupa. The second way starts from near the Dam Side. It is a longer walk on foot through the jungle, amid some wildlife. Lastly, you can take the road from the other end of the Dam Side to reach the stupa.
When you reach the top
A mesmerizing view of the Himalayas and the Pokhara town will leave you spellbound. Walk around the stupa in clockwise direction and you will see figures of Buddha in four different states of enlightenment. On the hilltop you can sit in the small cafes for getting refreshed and just breathe in the beauty of the surrounding nature.
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