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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  • If you like sculptures and history, this place is a must see. There are many artefacts and sculpture dating way back. They have been placed well and there are good descriptions of each artefact/sculpt...  more »
  • A very well maintained museum ..in center of gallery have lion capital of Mauryan pillar..apart from that image of Buddha is kept in different position  more »
  • A very well maintained and kept museum by the ASI. Here you will find the Indian National emblem and various other pieces of prehistoric art, not only Buddhist or Ashoka related but also of similar er...  more »

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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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