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“Faith meets serenity on a scenic hill”
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Peace Temple
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Ranked #8 of 69 things to do in Pokhara
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Reviewed May 3, 2013

The Peace Temple in Pokhara is a magical and meditative spot, nestled on a high mountain ridge beside the Phewa Tal river. It is about 25 mins drive from the city. It houses a massive Buddhist stupa and Nipponzan Myōhōji temple. This temple was built to promote non-violence and it does a fantastic job at getting the nerves right for that.

The Peace Temple is as much a site of faith as it is for scenery. Atop the ridge, you can a most spectacular view of the entire city of Pokhara and the surrounding valley. If you go in the evenings, you'll be privileged to witness an enchanting sunset. Its a short but tiresome climb from the parking area and on the way up you may be plagued by lil children throwing tantrums for ice cream or chocolates. The Stupa is huge and a magnificent work of art, with different postures of Buddha on all 4 sides. The open lawn like area around the stupa can induce meditation among other peaceful stimuli. The temple is mid-sized and has a very dedicated priest looking after it.

The place closes for visitors at 6. If your the "peace-loving" kind be sure to get there early as you wont want to come back down.

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Reviewed April 22, 2013

The 'World Peace Stupa' is situated on the top of a hill on the southern shore of the Phewa Lake. Hire a boat across the lake and walk up to the stupa. On a clear day the view of the Annapurna Mountain Range is breathtaking! It's also a great place to watch the sunset over Pokhara.

2  Thank WaveriderBerlin
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Reviewed April 20, 2013

The road to the temple is terrible for the most part, so prepare your self for a very bumpy ride, the Peace Temple it self is a quick visit, not much to see really, but sitting in the cafe beside it an enjoying the marvelous view was worth it.

Thank Anvigo
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Reviewed April 14, 2013

Make sure you read the dedication stone and instruction before going up to the Stupa- it is tempting to go up there first and then read the stone- by which time you will have missed the real point and opportunity of your visit as, according to Buddhist belief, saying the mantra as you go round the Stupa will enable you to experience a peaceful state and so send out a positive vibration for World peace for others, which is the point of this lovely place. The syllables of the mantra are Na mu myo ho ren ge kyo. You will find yourself feeling very peaceful as you repeat it in this wonderful and awe inspiring place.The Japanese monks go round in the morning and evening chanting this mantra with drums and I would have liked to have seen this had I known about it. I found out later by talking to a local man who lived nearby and comes up to see it. I found the climb up from the lake quite hard but was pleased I had done it when we took the car ride down as the road was quite steep and uneven.I was warned by local people not to carry any valuables on the walk up and there is a rather alarming notice about not climbing alone or carrying valuables. From what I gather there were some incidents with groups of boys but all was well on my climb with 2 other people-no problems encountered, and the effort is well worth it. There is a great cafe at the top for a drink and rest overlooking the Pokhara valley and Anapurna mountains if you are lucky with the weather; early morning is the best time for views -later in the day it usually clouds over.

1  Thank Hilary B
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Reviewed April 13, 2013

I went up to the Temple very early in the morning. It is a beautiful tribute to World Peace and Buddhism.
Hiked down the hill, and mini versioin of the Treks. Lovely area

Thank caren8554
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