Darjeeling Peace Pagoda

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Time Required: 1-2 hrs

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4:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Prayer Timings: 4:30 AM - 6:00 AM, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

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No entry fee
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Japanese Peace Pagoda, Darjeeling Overview

Located on the slopes of Jalapahar hills in Darjeeling, the Peace Pagoda, or the Japanese Peace Pagoda is one of the peace pagodas designed to establish unity, harmony and goodwill amongst people belonging to different sects of society. Famous for its tranquillity, it offers stunning views of snow-clad peaks including the Kanchenjunga peak making it an ideal place for peace and nature lovers.

The Peace Pagoda was built under the guidance of Nichidatsu Fujii, a Buddhist monk from Japan. The foundation stone was laid on 3 November 1972 and was inaugurated on 1 November 1992. Designed by M. Ohka, it took 36 months to complete the construction. The pagoda houses the four avatars of Buddha including Maitreya Buddha and was designed to bring together people of different caste in search of peace.

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The Peace Pagoda, designed by Dr M Ohka of Japan, took three years to construct. It showcases four avatars of Buddha and is the tallest free standing structure in Darjeeling with a height of 28.5 meters and diameter of 23 meters. Two concrete models of lions stand on both sides of the staircase and the avatars of Buddha are carved in the walls and polished in gold colour. They show the postures of Buddha such as sitting, sleeping, standing and meditating.

Beautiful artwork depicting the life of Buddha and his relics is etched on sandstones that look like wooden framework. There are mythological depictions like 'Gift of Mango Grove by Amrapali at Vaishali' and 'Great departure of Siddhartha'. From the top of the pagoda, you get to witness wonderful views of Japanese Temple nearby, the rows of pine trees and the snow clad mountain peaks.

The Japanese Peace Pagoda is located on the slopes of Jalapahar hills in Darjeeling. At a distance of about 2.5 km from Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, it can be easily reached by a car.

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