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Monday, 28 January 2013

Day trip to the World Peace Stupa in Pokhara (Nepal)

Photo: World Peace Stupa in Pokhara
If you have a day in Pokhara (Nepal) it is well worth considering the walk up to the World Peace Stupa located on a hill overlooking the lake with superb mountain views of the Annapurna range.  I have visited Pokhara many times over the years and only walked up to the stupa for the first time last December. I really enjoyed seeing the stupa and the views, I would recommend doing this short walk if you have the time when in Pokhara as it is well worth the effort.

Photo: boatman on Phewa Tal

Photo: Barahi temple
Photo: Phewa Tal near Pokhara
The best way of approaching the stupa is to take a boat across Phewa lake and then walk up the well-marked path to the stupa, this will take about half an hour with a few stops to enjoy the views.  The World Peace Stupa is a Buddhist monument to inspire peace by providing a focus for people to unite in their search for world peace. After looking around the stupa I suggest stopping off at one of the restaurants nearby or walk further up the hill to the wonderfully situated Raniban Resort.

Photo: Sign to World Peace Stupa
Photo: World Peace Stupa in Pokhara
Photo: World Peace Stupa in Pokhara
On the way down you can either retrace the trail back to the lake and take a boat back to Pokhara side or more interesting way is to follow the path down to Damside. Follow the trail through a beautiful forest and after about twenty minutes you will get to Damside then walk along the road to Lakeside if you are staying there.
Photo: view from stupa
The Mountain Company organise a number of tours of Nepal that include a day walk to the World Peace Stupa in Pokhara, click here for more information on our Nepal tours. Please get in touch with us at anytime if you would like any information about a holiday in Nepal.

Roland Hunter
www.themountaincompany.co.uk

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