Buddha Peace Park- An Eden In Nagarkot
Nagarkot, over the years, has garnered an impeccable reputation as a splendid getaway for the citizens of Kathmandu Valley. This picturesque hill station offers a natural escape from the urban city life for not just national guests but also international visitors to Nepal.
The hill station features numerous sites and trails for one to embark on a natural journey. Amongst them is the Buddha Peace Park Trail. The hill is locally known as Santi Dadah (Peace Hill). The park lies en route to the town of Nagarkot. Popular amongst hikers is to end the long windy drive at the trail entrance and hike up to the townlet. The trail is eight-kilometre long and offers panoramic views of the Kathmandu Valley and the Himalayas.
The Golden Statue of Buddha
The crown jewel is an iconic statue of Shakyamuni Buddha in Bhumisparsha Mudra. The Buddha was in this position when he received enlightenment under the bodhi tree. He summoned the earth goddess, Sthavara, to witness his attainment of enlightenment.
How to get to Budda Peace Park?
While heading to the town of Nagarkot, the park lies on the left-hand side. The golden statue of Buddha will catch your eyes. If you plan to use public transport, you can get a bus from Kamalbinayak Bus Park. The distance is approximately 12.4 km, and it takes 30-35 minutes.
About The Hiking Trail
Difficulty Level: Beginner
Distance: 8 KM
Time Duration: 2 Hours 30 Minutes Approx
Highlights: View of Himalayas, Countryside Lifestyle, Green Hills, Terrace Farms, Traditional Village, View of Kathmandu Valley, Peace Park
A. Phase 1: The first part of your hike takes you through beautiful traditional villages and terraced farms. You can witness the countryside life and splendid views of the Kathmandu Valley and Shivapuri National Park. About 45 minutes later, a magnificent golden statue of Buddha shall greet you. The idol lies in the centre of a beautiful garden with a background of lush green hills. To create a loop, you can return to the town of Nagarkot from another side.
B. Phase II: While walking back to the town of Nagarkot, you shall pass two traditional villages: Gauri Gaun and Bakri Gaun.
C. Phase III: The last phase of the trail features an uphill walk. This leg of the hike offers you a chance to witness the Himalayas.
When can I visit the park?
The park is open for visitors throughout the year. You do not require any permit to enter.
Is anything special at the park?
You can plant a tree at the park for $3-$4 to celebrate your birthday, anniversary or in the memory of a loved one. The Buddha Peace Park Management takes care of the sapling to ensure maturity. If you are personally unable to plant the sapling, they facilitate transportation of the sapling of your choice from the nursery.
Where should I stay during my trip to Nagarkot?
Hotel Country Villa, of course! We are one of the best accommodations in this picturesque hill station.
Our hotel is a three-star premise with ample greenery and walking space. We offer a variety of rooms and suites. Click here to see our offerings and available dates.
If you wish to embark on this trail, you can contact our representatives at the front desk. We’d be delighted to put together a package for you.
Special Note: The park is managed by Buddha Peace Park Management Team. They are open to any amount of donations from national and international patrons. If you wish to donate you can talk to our representatives at the front desk and they shall connect you with the management team. Your donation shall go towards managing and uplifting the park.