Hike to Pokhara's World Peace Pagoda
Constructed by Buddhist monks from the Japanese Nipponzan Myohoji group and local supporters, the World Peace Pagoda in Pokhara is one of over eighty pagodas of its kind in the world and the first in Nepal. As a symbol of peace, the pagoda, commonly called Shanti Stupa in the Nepali, is the city’s famous attraction for tourists and religious visitors. Standing on top of the Anadu Hill, the brilliant-white pagoda with two tiers is a great place to learn about its design to inspire peace and harmony, as well as the perfect point to admire a splendid view of sunrise and sunset over the Pokhara Valley. There are several ways to reach the hilltop but the most popular and favorite for adventurous travelers is crossing Fewa Lake by local boat then hiking along the trails up to the pagoda. The uphill climb through local villages will take about an hour with plenty of nature sightseeing opportunities. As you reach the shrine, you can immerse yourself in the fresh mountain air and marvel at the spectacular views of the Annapurna range, Pokhara city and Fewa Lake.