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Abhinav Kumar5.0/5

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The Buddha's Capital

Sarnath is one of the most recommended historical destination of India. The legacy of Buddhism and glimpses of Mauryan will leave you amazed. The small village is some acres of campus dedicated to few temples, stupas, museum and excavation area. Temples from all Buddhism origin like China and Tibet present their own way of following. India has a lot to show about Buddhism so the Sarnath is one of three places to experience Buddha's life closely. The untouched peace of spirituality and green natural environment will rejoice and rejuvenate you. This is just 10km from Varanasi so visiting here is very comfortable and easy.

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Swapnil Shukla5.0/5

8 reviews

Sarnath - Buddha Ji

A beautiful place.. Full of saints all across the world.. And the place where everyone is smiling.. And also contain ancient tombs and pillars.. Various activities are performed there.. And also a zoo is there of many deers.. Market is outside and eatables are available.. A person must visit here if he visit Banaras :)

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Sarnath Overview

Sarnath, renowned as a Buddhist shrine, is a city located about 13 kilometres north-east of Varanasi in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The place is known for being among the four major Buddhist pilgrimage destinations.

Every year Sarnath is visited by tourists for its famous Buddhist sites and stupas along with Deer Park. Buddhism is a major part of Sarnath for several years as this is the place, where Buddha, preached his first sermon.

Sarnath, formally Isipathana, is among one of the four holiest places. The name of this place was derived from the name of Saranganatha (God of Deer). It is believed that this deer was born in the Deer Park, which is also a place where Buddha preached the Dharma for the first time. Every year a number of tourists and historians come here to visit Buddhist sites in Sarnath.

The history of Sarnath dates back to 528 B.C, when Lord Buddha came to this place 5 weeks after attaining salvation in Bodhgaya. As per the memoirs of Huien Tsang, Deer park was constructed by the Jataka king of Benaras.

In 1026 AD, the invasion of Muhammad Ghazni had affected the monuments of the city. The British archaeologists dug out the site and now this place has significant importance in terms of culture and religious heritage for many people.

In Sarnath, there are several tourist places including Deer Park, Tibetan Temple, Archaeological and Excavation Area, Archaeological Museum, The Japanese and Chinese Temple, Ashoka Pillar, Chaukhandi and Dhamekh Stupa.

Chaukhandi, constructed in the Gupta Period, was made in the memory of the spot where Lord Buddha met his first disciples. Dhamek stupa at Sarnath, built in 500 AD, is the site where the Buddha first preached his sermon. There is also a stone slab, dating back to the 6th century BC, with Buddhist inscriptions on it.

The Ashoka Pillar at Sarnath is a 50-metre tall pillar, which is carved out of stone. The pillar was made by Emperor Asoka and marks his visit to this place. It represents four lions on the top in standing posture and a wheel at the bottom known as Ashoka Chakra. The bull, lion, elephant, and horse symbolise the four different phases of Gautama Buddha’s life.

Varanasi Airport at Babatpur, 30 kilometres away from Sarnath, is the nearest airport to the destination. The nearest railhead to this place is Sarnath railway station, which is connected to Gorakhpur and Varanasi. The other station is Varanasi Cantonment railway station, which is around 10 kilometres away. The ideal time to visit this place is between the months of October to March.