Archaeological Museum, Varanasi

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See the famous four-lions pillar of Ashoka featured on Indian flag at Archaeological Museum, the oldest site museum in the country. Established in 1910, the museum houses the findings and excavations at the Sarnath archeological site. Five galleries and two verandahs feature nearly 7,000 sculptures and artifacts with a particularly good collection of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas images. In addition to the 2,260 years old sandstone pillar, you can admire a seated 5th century seated Buddha, cross-legged with a halo, or a life-size image of a standing Bodhisattva with a lotus. Explore the open-air section of pillar bases and sculptures set in well-maintained gardens. Plan my trip to Varanasi with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.
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  • A seemingly modest Museum contains itself important sculptures including the column with 4 Lions symbol of India
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  • This Archaeological Museum is located near the Sarnath site. It has great historical and ancient artifacts which can be admired and respected. The museum does not allow photographs and has a strict po...  more »
  • The Museum is one of the many forms to understand religion. Basic but clear, offers the visitor tangible examples of what was, and what it is, the cult in its dimensions.
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The old city of Varanasi has a long history of pilgrimage and tourism, and its range of accommodations has developed to a high degree to meet the vast demand from across India and further afield. Perhaps the most interesting and atmospheric place to stay can be found in the area surrounding the ghats on the west bank of the river. You can find an eclectic mix of simple hotels and guesthouses all the way from this point up to the main train station. North of the station sit the most luxurious of the city's accommodations, with views of the tributary that runs through the north, and a range of additional facilities.
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