Apr 26, 2018
Trekking to the World Peace Pagoda (Shanti Stupa)
Location: World Peace Pagoda, Pokhara (city), Nepal
From Pokhara town center facing Fewa Lake, the most conspicuous sight is a white stupa, 1100m up on Ananda Hill. It looked inviting. From Maps.Me App on foot, it's only 7.4kms and doable in 2 hours. The entire trail was marked on the map - it was lost-proof. I was already on my way, with various stops - for tea and even for a head shave (NPR 100).
Getting There from Lakeside
For the most part, I was walking along paved roads through a village up until the foot of the mountain. It was only then I walked on dirt road that continuously went up. This road was ideally for a 4X4 as the ground was loose and steep. As I gained elevation, the view became more engaging. Normally, this would have been an easy walk, but I haven't fully recovered from my congestion from Kathmandu - I felt a little struggle. I was the only one walking - I thought perhaps I'll be the only one up on the pagoda.
Finally, I reached the top. To my surprise, there were many tourists. Apparently, there were a few ways to get up - by car using the main roads and by boat across the lake from Pokhara town itself. It would have made for a great view of Pokhara town, but it was a bit hazy. Fewa Lake was in full view. I've seen posters where the entire Annapurna Himalayan Range was visible from the pagoda on a clear day - but that was not to happen this day.
World Peace Pagoda
The pagoda was constructed in 1973 as a tribute to the Buddha. It stands 115 feet tall and 344 feet in diameter. Within the sides of the round-shaped stupa are statues of Buddha. This pagoda is one of eighty peace pagodas in the world - another one in Nepal is the Shanti Stupa in Lumbini, the birthplace of the Buddha.
It was a nice touch to find cafes around the area offering roof deck tables for great viewing. Coffee price was a little more, but still worth it considering the view and the location. I stopped by for mint tea and chilled out before my descent.
Birds of Prey
Birds of prey in swarms (hawks/falcons/eagles?) were closely flying overhead - perhaps a cluster of 25! One bird of prey even swooped from 10 meters of me. Here in Pokhara, it's a common sight. The birds know they are not hunted down and freely fly low over villages - always on a constant lookout for a decent meal.
I didn't really feel like walking all the way back again. Taking the boat option would have been expensive. Instead, I hailed a cab with passengers already inside and offered the driver NPR100 to take me to the main road...with apologies to the passengers for my intrusion. They understood my predicament. Turns out, they were heading to another attraction, Devi's Falls. That's where I got off as well.
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Next stop: Exploring Devi's Falls, Pokhara
Pokhara (city), Nepal
Travel Tips for Pokhara
- Pokhara is similar to Ubud, Bali when you walk along its trendy streets but Pokhara has the lake and the Annapurna Himalayan mountain range as a backdrop
- Pokhara has a cool and pleasant climate
- Pokhara has a Vipassana center, Dhamma Pokhara, by Begnas Lake, just 15kms away
- Pokhara's trendy areas are the Lakeside and the Dam Side, but Lakeside is more intense and fashionable
- travelers taking the bus from Kathmandu are usually dropped off at the Tourist Bus Station
How to get to Lakeside Pokhara from the Tourist Bus Station
- depending on where your hotel is, it could be a 2km walk. You can take a cab for about NPR 200
- if your hotel is on the Dam Side, you might be able to walk it
Travel Tips for Nepal
- tourist visa up to 15 days = $25, up to 30 days = $40, up to 90 days = $100, transit = $5, and they will accept currencies from 18 countries
- best to register for a tourist visa online (http://online.nepalimmigration.gov.np/tourist-visa). This saves you time, trouble and the hassle of bringing in a picture with you. You get the approved form printed and just show it to the Immigration guys in Kathmandu
- NPR (Nepalese Rupee) 100 = US$1
- nearly every food served is spicy...there is no escaping it
Nepal Blogs by TheLoneRider
- Visiting Boudhanath, Nepal's Largest Stupa Apr 19, 2018
- Vinyasa Yoga with Dipendra at the Mandala Yoga Studio and Spa, Kathmandu Apr 18, 2018
- Hatha Yoga with Madhab Prasad Dhakal at Sawar Yoga Studio, Kathmandu Apr 17, 2018
- Fitness in Kathmandu Apr 15, 2018
- 7 Days In Kathmandu April 13-20, 2018
- The 18-Hour Trip from Kuantan, Malaysia to Kathmandu, Nepal April 12-13, 2018
- India Visa Snag May 9, 2018
- Exploring Lumbini - Buddha's Birthplace May 5, 2018
- Storming out of Dhamma Janani on the 4th Day May 1-5, 2018
- Visiting Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave, Pokhara Apr 26, 2018
- Exploring Devi's Falls, Pokhara Apr 26, 2018
- Trekking to the World Peace Pagoda Apr 26, 2018
- Exploring Pokhara, Nepal Apr 20, 2018
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