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Finding Zen at the Peace Pagoda, Darjeeling

 

While in Darjeeling, you might not be in short of places where one can spend few quiet minutes just enjoying the beauty of the hills and relax. Be it the monasteries, nature parks or the numerous cafes/ tea shops that offer scenic views, every place lets you unwind, leaving invigorated with positive energy. One such place that instantly made us feel connected with the surroundings and reenergized was the Japanese Peace Pagoda.

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About 10 minutes drive from the Chowrasta, the beautiful Japanese Temple and Peace Pagoda is located on the hillside of the Jalpahar. The Pagoda was built under the guidance of the famous Buddhist monk of Japan, Nichidatsu Fujii between the years 1972-1992. As we entered the premises, we came across the temple first, which was a simple two-storied structure. The signboards indicated that the Pagoda was located further down the foothills and we decided to follow the lead along the pathway before visiting the temple.

Peace Pagoda Darjeeling
The Peace Pagoda

Peace Pagoda DarjeelingIt was a cloudy morning and we were quite disappointed thinking how the photos would turn out, but the scene that greeted us just too beautiful to describe. The grand white Pagoda, which is the tallest single standing structure (28.5metres) in Darjeeling, beckoned us as soon as we reached the place. The fogs had set around the Pagoda, with lush greenery surrounding the hills, giving it a very enchanting and mystical appearance; the overall sight was a pure delight to our sore eyes.Peace Pagoda Darjeeling

Peace Pagoda Darjeeling
Beautiful Sandstone art

Peace Pagoda DarjeelingPeace Pagoda DarjeelingPeace Pagoda DarjeelingPeace Pagoda DarjeelingPeace Pagoda DarjeelingThe Peace Pagoda was built with the intention of guiding people of every caste and creed to unite for world peace, which we felt in today’s time a really thoughtful gesture. We walked around the circular structure admiring the fine artwork that we thought was etched on the wooden framework. But on closer look and enquiring further about the designs we learned that they were in fact carved masterfully on sandstone. The illustrations depict the life and journey of Lord Buddha along with four avatars of Gautama Buddha during Parikrama.

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Feeling blessed after the Parikrama

On a clear day, one can also enjoy the panoramic view of the mountains and if you are lucky enough it might also possible to view the Kanchenjunga Range peaking at you from the distance. Looking at the artwork, the surroundings have such a calming effect on the visitors, one cannot help but feel blessed with the entire tour.

Peace Pagoda Darjeeling
Nipponzan Myōhōji Japanese Temple

We then moved back to the entrance of the property, where the Nipponzan Myōhōji Japanese Temple was located. It is a Buddhist temple and on entry, you will come across pictures of the founder of the Nipponzan Myōhōji, Fuji Guruji, who preached World Peace. The temple has a prayer hall on the first floor where a priest holds prayer from 4:30 am to 6 am and 4:30 pm to 6 pm. The temple also has a gallery of pictures that displayed the various Peace Pagodas around the world with a brief history of all of them. We spent few minutes reveling in the peaceful atmosphere of the temple and watching devotees offer their prayers to the lord. Feeling wonderful after the whole experience, we bid adieu to the wonderful place to our next destination in Darjeeling.

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54 thoughts on “Finding Zen at the Peace Pagoda, Darjeeling

  1. What a beautiful place it is . Have a plan to visit Darjelling very soon , this post will surely help. Thnx for sharing

  2. I’ve been to Darjeeling once but wasn’t aware about this place, so couldn’t cover it. Hopefully whenever I visit Darjeeling next time, I would love to visit this beautiful Pagoda. Also, nice pictures! 🙂

    1. Thank you Saumy! This place is really beautiful on a clear day, don’t miss out on this in your next trip to Darjeeling! 🙂

  3. The Sandstone art is just so gorgeous here. And the peace that you talk of comes through even in your post and pictures. Truly a serene place.

    1. We too! Mist had added a different aura to the atmosphere there, we felt that it all looked like heaven there 😉

  4. His face washes all the troubles away from my mind. It is such a lovely place to be indeed 🙂 “Be it the monasteries, nature parks or the numerous cafes/ teashops that offer scenic views, every place lets you unwind, leaving invigorated with positive energy.” This is what each human is seeking for no matter where they live. But thankfully Darjeeling has it. Thanks for sharing your experience girls!!

  5. I loved this place! It was so similar to Dhauligiri in Orissa.
    This and Mall Road (even though they are the most touristy places in Darjeeling) made me fall in love with the place 🙂

  6. Have visited Darjeeling so many times since my childhood and every time the beauty of the hill station has enchanted me. This pagoda is a peaceful place…calmed us down on visiting. Have you visited the Yiga-Choeling Ghoom Monastery? That’s also a wonderful one… 🙂

    1. We agree with you Maniparna, Darjeeling, despite being touristy is a wonderful place filled with monasteries! Yeah, we loved our visit toYiga-Choeling Ghoom Monastery 🙂

  7. Hey! I visited Darjeeling in late January, just a 2 night stay for my honeymoon. We visited the temple and the pagoda too. Infact my next 3 scheduled blog posts will be on Darjeeling, and the second one will consist of our experience at the temple!

    1. That’s awesome Tania! Honeymooning is Darjeeling sounds so perfect, can’t wait to read your travelogue from Darjeeling…:)

  8. I visited the Peach Pagoda in Darjeeling too and the weather was exactly the same for me too! Still, your photos look incredible! It does look mystical with the clouds surrounding it, probably better than without clouds!

  9. The fog really adds to the atmosphere of the photos, I think! I really love the sandstone art and the contrast between the white and gold. I had heard a lot about spirituality and the structures of it in Darjeeling, but never of this structure. I really want to go now.

  10. I really wanted to visit Darjeeling the few times I’ve been to India, but as I was mostly based in the South it was a bit of a journey. And the only reason I wanted to go was for the tea!

    Had I know of the existence of this pagoda I definitely would have looked into my options a bit more. It looks so interesting, and I love how it has that kind of eery but magical look with all the fog.

  11. The Peace Pagoda seems like a place, which would inspire calmness and spirituality. I enjoy going to temples, churches and places that offer tranquil environment. I would love to visit Darjeeling one day.

  12. Wow! This is absolutely beautiful, thanks for sharing! I would love to visit this pagoda and learn more about Darjeeling history. I need to start looking for some cheap tickets to India 🙂

  13. What a magical place! The carvings and artwork are amazing. That photo of the mist covering the pagoda is so beautiful it makes it look magical!

  14. I went to Darjeeling as a little kid. My fondest memories was having Thukpa and Momos 🙂 I am sure a lot has changed since then, but this post brought back so many old memories 🙂

  15. i had been to this place just recently. last november to be precise. beautiful description of this serene place in Darjeeling and of course, well shot pics too

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