An ultimate symbol of peace and universal brotherhood among all castes and creeds, Japanese Peace Pagoda is one of the gems of Darjeeling Tourism. No tourist site in the town can outshine the serenity and tranquillity that prevails at this place. No wonder it is always on the must do list of every traveller visiting Darjeeling.
Set amidst the dense and majestic pine trees on the slopes of Jalapahar hill, Japanese Peace Pagoda was created under the commission of famous Japanese Buddhist monk, Nichidatsu Fuji. He laid the foundation stone of this Pagoda in the year 1972. A remarkable structure designed by M. Okha, its architecture is typical of the Japanese style monastery. It is 28.5 m high and 23 m in diameter. It is entirely painted in white colour while the exterior walls are adorned with four gold polished statues of Buddha and exquisite sandstone carvings that depict the different stages of Buddha’s life. Nearby the Pagoda there is a beautiful Japanese style monastery where monks have been living for many years now. There is also a Buddhist temple just beside the monastery. The presence of all these structures clear tells us the influence of Buddhism in the hills.
A trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda is a very memorable experience. The place is very peaceful and totally free of irritants. The only noise that can be
heard is the sweet chirping of birds and low hum of the monks chanting the mystic peace mantra inside the monastery. The site is also very clean and you will find not even a single piece of garbage on the premises of this tourist site. Just imagine how serene and spiritual this place is. It cannot be expressed in words; one must experience to believe it. It is the perfect place in the hills to spend some time in solitude and meditate.
Japanese Peace Pagoda is approachable by taxis or personal cars. There is a good motorable road that leads to this tourist site. Besides, one can also reach the place by walking which is a pleasurable experience as the route to the Pagoda is isolated from the hustle and bustle of Darjeeling traffic.
- Special feature: Built in the Japanese style of architecture, it is symbol of peace and spirituality.
- Connectivity: Accessible by taxis or by walking.
- Dressing restrictions: Try not wearing revealing clothes.
- Nuisance: Extremely peaceful and free of disturbances.
- Best time to visit: April to June and September to December.
- Visit timings: Morning to evening.
- Entry fees: Free.
- Enjoyed by: Travellers, pilgrims and peace lovers.
- Facilities: You can also visit a Buddhist temple and monastery located near the Pagoda.
- Things not allowed: Nothing as such but smoking and alcohol strictly prohibited inside the premises of the site.
- Suggestion: Respect the serenity of the place by maintaining silence. Do not pollute the environment.