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Peaceful Buddhist shrine at Sarnath

Peaceful Buddhist shrine at Sarnath  Video Review
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Dhammek Stupa

Robin Chatterjee
29th Sep 17

First Stupa we saw in Sarnath, Surrounded by a really pretty park

First Stupa we saw in Sarnath, Surrounded by a really pretty park  Video Review
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Chaukhandi Stupa

Sahil Singh
27th Jan 16

Sarnath trip 2

Sarnath trip 2  Video Review
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Mulagandha Kuti Vihar

Kpriyajit
23rd Mar 18

Awesome maintenances and beautiful presentation

Awesome maintenances and beautiful presentation  Video Review
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Archaeological And Excavation Area

Monalisa
2nd Oct 17

Maha Bodhi Society, Sarnath #Varanasi

Maha Bodhi Society, Sarnath #Varanasi  Video Review
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Tibetan Temple

Sandeep Verma
27th Jan 16

terraced buddhist stupa, chaukhandi

terraced buddhist stupa, chaukhandi  Video Review
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Chaukhandi Stupa

Sameer Chaudhari
27th Jan 16

#Panchaytan#Temple

#Panchaytan#Temple  Video Review
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Archaeological And Excavation Area

Siddharth Agrawal
28th Jan 16

#Jain#Temple#Deer#Park

#Jain#Temple#Deer#Park  Video Review
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Deer Park

Siddharth Agrawal
28th Jan 16

Buddhist stupa in Sarnath

Buddhist stupa in Sarnath  Video Review
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Chaukhandi Stupa

Siddharth Agrawal
28th Jan 16

Chowkhandi stupa Gardens

Chowkhandi stupa Gardens  Video Review
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Chaukhandi Stupa

Sankalp Gupta
27th Jan 16

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1Sarnath Railway Station - Design Inspired By The Sanchi Stupa
Sarnath Railway Station - Design Inspired By The Sanchi Stupa

The Sarnath railway station design elements are based on the famous Sanchi Stupa. HolidayIQ Traveller Thulaseedharan achary Neelakandan achary from Punalur shares, “During my visit at Varanasi, I visited Sarnath which is 13 km north east of Varanasi. Sarnath is the centre of the missionary work of Sri Budh. After getting enlightenment from Bodh gaya of Bihar Sri budh walked for 3 weeks & reached Sarnath. It is at Buddha stupa in Sarnath Sri buddha delivered his first sermon to his disciples. Sri Budh with his five monks used to sit below the Bodhi tree at Sarnath for spiritual classes & finally enlightened the monks & they started their mission for spreading Buddhism all over the world. Attracted by this so many monks especially from the neighbouring countries started their missionary work for Buddhism. At Sarnath we see Buddha pagodas constructed by Chinese monks, Sri Lankan monks, Tibetan monks, Burma monks & Nepali monks. Among the pagodas the very charming & beautiful pagoda is the construction by Nepali monks in white marble. In addition Budh museum is also functioning at Sarnath. The Sarnath town is also neat & clean. From Varanasi, bus/ auto service is available to reach Sarnath. All amenities & facilities are available at the town for visiting tourists. Guides are available near the pagoda for guiding the tourists. They are very co- operative & reasonable. For visiting Kashi, Sarnath visit is an integral part. The sapling of the Bodhi tree is from famous tree in Anuradhapura in Sri Lanka.”

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2You Havn't Spend Time Introspecting Life In The Land Of Buddha In Sarnath
You Havn't Spend Time Introspecting Life In The Land Of Buddha In Sarnath

Sarnath, formally Isipathana, is among one of the four holiest places. Every year Sarnath is visited by tourists for its famous Buddhist sites and stupas along with Deer Park.

HolidayIQ traveller Pradeep Singh shares, “Sarnath is a city located 13 kilometres north-east of Varanasi near the confluence of the Ganges and the Gomati rivers in Uttar Pradesh. The deer park in Sarnath is where Gautama Buddha first taught the Dharma, and where the Buddhist Sangha came into existence through the enlightenment of Kondanna. If you want a relaxed outing away from the madding crowd, give a quiet visit to Sarnath and you will feel in a completely whole new world! In sarnath many temples, fort, and beautiful gardens are present for visiting. There is a garden outside that tell stories of the old era of Buddhists, you will also spot monks meditating and worshipping. And the museum inside has a collection of many different statutes that carries hundreds of different tales from across time and history. All you have to do is step in and explore the stories. Sarnath is an important Buddhist destination of India, it's a place where Gautam Buddha was preached dhamma to his first five disciples. The person who want to reach this place, they can reach this place by road. All the visitors should came with camera for capturing the beautiful sights of this place for making her life special. They can also stay here. Here many good hotels are also present.”

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Reviews (11)

Abhinav Kumar

Abhinav Kumar5.0/5

272 reviews

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 Shukla

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.

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Deer Park, Sarnath

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Akash Mahajan

Buddha temple
Thai Temple, Sarnath

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Abhishek kumar

Wonderful place to spend your small vacation
Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh

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Abhishek kumar

Wonderful place to spend your small vacation

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