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Buddha peace park is one free approach destination that is carved out on the side of the Himalayan foothills, Nagarkot. It is a peaceful park, all by itself and beautiful nature around it. The scenic beauty along with the remoteness makes it an even more desired destination.
The cold wind and the greenery that it surpasses are so pristine that it treats you the atmosphere of living far away from the bustle of the Kathmandu valley.
The remote paths also dare to give you the challenge to hike up there. Talking about the location of the park, it lies on the way to the Nagarkot, on your left-hand side while heading toward Nagarkot. You could choose to ride a local bus which routes to Nagarkot each hour from Kamalbinayak Bus park.
Or you could simply hike. The hiking would take upmost 3 hours of walk from Bhaktapur Durbar Square.
There is a beautiful statue of Lord Buddha in this park. The golden statue which is positioned on the central plinth is said to be a depiction of the “Earth Touching Buddha”. The posture of the Buddha exhibited over there is also known as the “Bhumisparsha Mudra.”
In which pose, Buddha’s right hand reaches approaching the ground, and his middle finger touch the ground symbolizing the moment of his enlightenment.
According to the legend, while Buddha was meditating under a Bodhi tree, he was said to be harangued by the demon Mara. Even after the continuous initiatives of mara, Buddha did not resist leaving his meditation. In that meantime, Buddha called to the earth goddess to witness his enlightenment by touching the earth.
The story also stated that the goddess responded to Lord Buddha by sending a flood to wash away Mara and allow Buddha to complete his spiritual journey.
The park is free to visit and is open 24 hours. If visitors are so inclined, they may plant a tree in the park in honour of a special occasion or in memory of a loved one. The cost is modest, $3-$4, and the park will nurture it to maturity.
It would take 3-4 hours to reach Buddha peace park from Bhaktapur Durbar Square if you tend to walk over there. Otherwise, it would take approximately 30-40 min to reach by bus or any other private vehicles.
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Changu Narayan Municipality, Nagarkot, Bhaktapur District, Nepal.