Monday, July 18, 2011

World Peace Please

In 1947, Nichidatsu Fujii, a Buddhist monk from Japan, decided to make it his life's work to build shrines to world peace.  The first Peace Pagodas were built in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and since then more than 80 Peace Pagodas have been constructed around the world, most (but not all) by Fujii's followers, the Nipponzan-Myōhōji Buddhist Order.

The Pokhara World Peace Pagoda is perched on a hill high above lake Phewa Tal and makes a nice little morning excursion from Pokhara.  To get there, hire a boat to take you across the lake and hike straight uphill.  (If you've just completed the Annapurna Circuit, an hour uphill hike is really NBD. Don't be soft.)
Phewa Tal
They tried to charge us extra for compulsory life jackets.  We assured them we could swim.
As a compromise, we took (and paid for) a single life jacket.
We'll never know which one of us would have gotten to it and survived if we had capsized.
It was a one horsepower (manpower?) boat
Not sure which way to go?  Follow the helpful signs!
Midway scenic view
As you get closer the signs get a bit more specific.
A good way to cool off
And we're there!
Ugh, more steps?
C'mon guys! 
Each of the four sides of the stupa feature a different depiction of the Buddha. 

The walk back down via a longer, less steep route - through forests, overlooking rice paddies, swimming holes and garbage dumps - is even more scenic.

I love this supermodel pose

And once you get back to town, be sure to stop for a refreshing fresh watermelon juice!

1 comment:

  1. amazing pics!

    btw is that Buddha on the top right doing the "detached thumb" trick?


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