The glistening, white-domed Peace Pagoda has been a landmark in Darjeeling since 1992. The edifice was built in by monks and nuns belonging to the Nipponzan Myohoji sect of Nichiren Buddhism. Nichidatsu Fujii (1885–1985), who founded the religious movement of Nipponzan Myohoji which means “Japanese Mountain Dharma Temple”, laid the foundation stone of the pagoda in 1972.
Nipponzan Myohoji has constructed more than 70 peace pagodas in different parts of the world. They exist all around the world mostly in Asia but also in Europe and North America. Born in 1885, Nichidatsu Fujii founded Nipponzan Myohoji in 1924.
Located on the slopes of the Jalapahar hills of Darjeeling, the Peace Pagoda which is 28.5 metre high has the four incarnations of the Buddha including the Maitreya Buddha.
How to reach Japanese Peace Pagoda
Air: Bagdogra airport near Siliguri in West Bengal is the nearest airport to the Japanese Peace Pagoda which is 80 km from Siliguri. From the airport, you can hire a taxi that will take you to the Japanese Peace Pagoda.
Rail: The nearest railway station to the Japanese Peace Pagoda is New Jalpaiguri (NJP) in West Bengal which is 86 km from the place. NJP railway station is well-connected to major cities and places in India including New Delhi and Kolkata.
Road: Good motorable roads connect Japanese Peace Pagoda with all the major places in Darjeeling.
Best Time to visit Japanese Peace Pagoda
October to March is the best period to visit Japanese Peace Pagoda.