The halcyon hues of Pokhara’s World Peace Pagoda

The white-washed structure of the Shanti Stupa stands proud at the southwest end of the Pokhara valley, at only 7 km away from the city centre. This Buddhist pagoda-style stupa is positioned at a height of 1,100m; but the hike to the stupa is not a regular one.

As the valley slowly welcomed winter last month, photographer Ronil Pratap Thapa spent a week in the lake city, capturing the stupa in many different hues.

Among the many photographs of the stupa, Thapa shot some breathtaking panoramas of the Machhapuchhre range, the buzzing Pokhara valley below and the calm Fewa lake, which succinctly unifies the town’s charm.
“These trinity, as I like to call them, look even more exquisite when highlighted by the golden sunrise.”