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Chaukhandi Stupa, Varanasi

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Chaukhandi Stupa is an important Buddhist stupa in Sarnath, located 13 kilometres from Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India. Stupas have evolved from burial mounds and serve as a shrine for a relic of the Buddha.HistoryThe Chaukhandi Stupa is thought originally to have been built as a terraced temple during the Gupta period between the 4th and 6th centuries to mark the site where Lord Buddha and his first disciples met traveling from Bodh Gaya to Sarnath. Later Govardhan, the son of a Raja, modified the stupa to its present shape by building the octagonal tower to commemorate the visit of Humayun, the powerful Mughal ruler.Today the stupa is a high earthen mound covered with a brickwork edifice topped by an octagonal tower. It is maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India.
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  • Brings you close to over 2500 years ago the time of Lord Buddha. To feel the spiritual bliss of the teachings of the Lord is extremely wonderful.  more »
  • The stupa is quite big and you can walk right up to its walls. This is the place where Buddha met his five disciples.  more »
  • It looks pretty big from a distant but up close, with workers...working, it is impressive how large it is. You can't go in so once around the outside is really all there is to do  more »
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  • Also known as Sita rasoiya.. good place to visit in monsoon season. A green quite place for good time.
  • It is a historical place related to Lord Gautama Buddha, it is so beautiful place!
  • Very calm net and claen place nd a place where u can spend ur whole day
  • Its a Stoopa though does not resemble one due to the hexagonal tower built over it by Mughals.
  • First monument one encounters as one enters in Sarnath area.It is a lofty mound of brickwork whose square edifice is surrounded by an octagonal tower.Originally it is said to be built by Emperor Ashoka. This is built at the same spot where lord Buddha met his five friends.