Wednesday, August 12, 2009

~The World Peace Pagoda ~

The World Peace Pagoda on the top of a mountain in beautiful and truly PEACEFUL~

I had the good fortune to visit the World Peace Pagoda yesterday! Digumber was in Bandipur and we both needed to get a few things from a "big town" so we drove to Pokhara for the day~
Pokhara is west about 1.5 to 2 hours from Bandipur and quite a "fun and exciting" drive... :)
I was able to get a small bit of shopping done, we were able to get the paint for the library walls,
and we both visited the bank (there are NO banks in or near Bandipur~ banks are only found in major cities such as Kathmandu, Chitwan, and Pokhara so you must plan accordingly!)

Digumber said if we had time we could go up and see the World Peace Pagoda and I was excited! It took us almost the entire day just getting our errands takes "longer" to do business in Nepal~ people are not in a rush and oftentimes (at least this is what I find) it takes some time to get down to the "final answer"..... (I often become frustrated and say..."JUST SAY WHAT IT IS~ Let's Go!!!!!!" American Freakout...that's me!) :) but alas, we finally had time to go UP!

This is the "road" up to the World Peace Pagoda~ mind you the edge of the mountain is just to the right~ we met another car coming up on the way down and it took us five minutes to finally pass each other...we were literally 1 inch apart from each other.... ( love it!!! :D)

The drive was absolutely terrifying! The road was several miles of jagged rocks and ditches that went straight up ~ I could not believe Digumber was going to drive his car up that hill...but he did.... he was determined (Jane~ the Digumbermobile made it!).... I couldn't say a word because I was so scared and at one point I thought we would slide off the side of the mountain!!!!! The car went sideways and slid.... Amazingly, with the skill of a person who has driven these types of roads forever, (he said the road to Bandipur was similar to this road until 5 years ago...omg...scary!) we made it to the walking area that would lead us up to the top of the mountain and the World Peace Pagoda.

It was worth it!

The moment we reached the World Peace Pagoda gate I felt instant peace and love...really, it was amazing~ There was a small building where a white woman monk with a shaved head was beating a big drum....the vibrations resonated through the building, through my body, and through my soul....I wanted to stay there and feel that feeling of bliss.... (Digumber said it would be funny if I ended up living there...and I thought to myself.... "not really that funny now...would it?"!!! :))

We left the beautiful worship area/drum area and headed up to the World Peace Pagoda . The view was astounding... 360 degrees of mountains, lake, and jungle/forest, along with the town of Pokhara~ my words and pictures cannot express properly the feeling of peace and thankfulness I felt...but I will not forget it.


  1. Wow Heather, How wonderful! You are having a truly spiritual journey. Thank you so much for sharing your adventures with all of us. Peace, Robin

  2. A fabulous trip all round...... finding a little more of your self in each step you take.

    Embrace each moment and savour it, then grasp hold as you go through the daily grind back home......

    many, many hugs