White Peace Pagoda, a massive Buddhist monument, in the southwest direction of Pokhara is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nepal. The Pagoda is located at an elevation of almost 1100 meters on the Anadu Hill. World Peace Pagoda was constructed by Buddhist monks from the Japanese Nipponzan Myohoji organization with support from local supporters. The stupa was built as a symbol of Peace. World Peace Pagoda, Pokhara is one of the eighty Peace Pagoda in the world. Apart from being an attractive site in itself, the stupa is the great vantage point that offers the fascinating views of Annapurna range, Phewa Lake, and Pokhara city.
History related to the construction of the World Peace Pagoda, Pokhara
In 1947 Nichidastu Fujii planned to build Peace Pagodas in different locations around the world as a symbol of peace. World Peace Pagoda also is known as Shanti Stupa in Pokhara was constructed by Nipponzan Myohoji monks with support from local supporters. Nipponzan Myohoji is the organization founded by Nichidastu Fujii, a Japanese Buddhist monk. On the hilltop of Anadu Nichidastu Fujii laid the foundation stone of World Peace Pagoda by lying the sacred relics of Buddha on 12 September 1973 .
The main people involved in the construction of the pagoda were Morioka Sonin, Dharamshila Guruma (nun) and Min Bahadur Gurung. Moriroka Sonin took the first step of constructing the World Peace Pagoda in Pokhara. Dharamshila Guruma of Dharamshila Buddha Bihar Pokhara responded positively towards the proposal from Nipponzan Myohoji. She was involved in generating active participation from the locals of Pokhara. Min Bahadur Gurung, the first elected deputy defense minister of Nepal, donated the land for the construction of Shanti Stupa. To honor his land donation the statue of the minister was erected in front of Shanti Stupa.
The prayer hall with the birth statue of Buddha, Vihara and a Guest House were set up on 28 November 1973.When the construction of Shanti Stupa had reached up to the height of 35 feet, on 31 July 1974 all these buildings and Pagodas were violently destructed by the government of Nepal. However, after the 18 years of continuous attempt on constructing the Pagoda by Fujii along with the support from locals on 21 May 1992, the prime minister of Nepal, Girija Prasad Koirala came to the Anadu Hill and relaid the foundation stone. The after the without any obstruction construction was continued. On 30 October 1999 inauguration ceremony was conducted in the presence of Chairman of Nepali Congress Party and former Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala.
This is the first Peace Pagoda built in Nepal by Fujii, and is 71st in the process of building Peace Pagodas around the world.There are altogether two World Peace Stupa in Nepal one in Pokhara and another in Lumbini.
Things to do in and around World Peace Pagoda, Pokhara
Admire the architectural beauty of the World Peace Stupa which is 115 feet tall. The pagoda consists of two tiers for visitors to move around. There are four statues of buddha which are presented as the souvenirs of Buddha from different countries. You can also see the Dharmachakra which is placed below the gajur which indicates the wheel of life, dharma, and teachings of Buddha. Near the World Peace Pagoda you can see the Dharma hall with the Buddha statue where Buddhist rituals are performed.
As the Peace Pagodas were constructed to convey the message of peace extensively throughout the world, visitors who visit this stupa can experience the peace in abundance. Wandering around and staring at the richness of the natural beauty to the tranquil Pokhara Valley you can find here your own peace of mind.
In the clear weather, you can have spectacular views of a sunrise which makes the view of the Annapurna ranges more fascinating and captivating.
Small cafes around the Pagoda allows you to sit there and immerse yourself in the wonders of beautiful Pokhara.
If you take the route of Chhorepatan to reach Pagoda then it will be a great experience for you to stop for a while at Chhorepatan.In Chhorepatan you can visit the famous Devi’s Falls. Further there opposite to the Devi’s Falls there is Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave and visiting this cave leaves you with the wonderful feeling.
Also if you wish then at the right of the cave you can see the street that leads to the Tibetan Refugee Camp you can visit there.
If you decide to take a hiking route by hiring a boat from Lakeside in Pokhara then on the Phewa Tal you can create some beautiful memories by landing on a small island near to the shore.On the Island, you can see the Taal Barahi Temple, a Hindu temple. Further while returning from the Pagoda you can choose this was as a return way and have a wonderful time there in Phewa Taal.
How to get to the World Peace Pagoda, Pokhara?
There are hiking trails as well as roadways that lead towards the Pagoda.If you are interested in hiking then you can choose the adventurous hiking trails. You can take the boat from the lakeside of Pokhara and make your way to the shore beneath Pagoda. After reaching the shore you can start your hiking from there.After around 45 minutes of Hiking from the shore you will reach the World Peace Pagoda.
Besides this route, if you don't prefer hiking then you can choose the roadway.You can take a local bus from Lakeside to Chhorepatan.After reaching Chhorepatan walk on foot for some time to reach Stupa.
You can also hire a taxi also.
If you choose the hiking trail then it will be better for you to take a guide or porter with you who are well familiar with the trekking trails. Guide, Porter Guide, Porter Hire in Nepal is very easy but at the same time, you have to be careful while hiring a porter as they are the ones who makes your trip wonderful or lousy.