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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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  • placed, first preached where Buddha, gather thousands of Buddhists once a year comes the dalai lama has to meditate and pray here, very nice and quiet, in addition to the side this sacred tree where Buddha meditated
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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 
  • Theres not much more to see but the stupa which is nice. It is of course rich in history for locals, but as a foreign visitor its just ok. 
  • After the Buddha attained enlightenment in Bodh Gaya he came to Sarnath. Here in the Deer Park, he delivered his first sermon, or in religious language, set in motion the wheel of Law (maha- Dharmachakra Pravartan). The Emperor Ashoka, who spread the Buddha’s message of love and compassion throughout his vast empire, visited Sarnath around 234BC,and erected a stupa here. Several Buddhist structures were raised at Sarnath between the 3rd century BC and the 11th century AD, and today it presents the most expansive ruins among places on the Buddhist trail. Sarnath is 10 km from Varanasi, and is an exceedingly tranquil place. The ruins, the museum and temple are all within walking distance. Free WiFi is also available here.
  • The view from above the stupa is spectacular! You get an overview of the whole Sarnath-area.
  • Spiritual + Historical site, cool landscape can see the aerial view of the city from the top
  • Chaukhandi Stupa is very near to the archaeological survey of India museum and Thai monastery of Sarnath. One can get a very scenic view of the giant Buddha statue situated at Thai monastery from here. The Stupa is an Octagon shape structure situated at the top of a hillock where Lord Buddha first met his disciples after his enlightenment. It will be highly crowded during weekends. a photographer's paradise.
  • Good stupa.
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