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Dhamek Stupa, Varanasi

(4.3/5 based on 190+ reviews on the web)
Marvel at exquisite ancient stonemasonry and bricklaying at Dhamek Stupa, a massive early Buddhist tower built in 500 AD in the spot of an older stupa built by King Ashoka. Believed to mark the spot where Buddha preached his first sermon, this impressive 34 m (111.5 ft) tall cylinder-shaped structure features a stone drum base of 28.5 m (93.5 ft) in diameter with the upper portion made of bricks. Geometrical and floral designs dominate the lower parts of the tower with swastikas, some human figures and birds. Pilgrims come to pray in the garden surrounding the tower on a huge lawn lined with trees. Add Dhamek Stupa to your Varanasi travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Varanasi travel itinerary planner.
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TripAdvisor
  • My only suggestion is that, although there is a tablet with an historical description at the entrance to this park, one should consider hiring a guide to tour this site to best advantage.  more »
  • Having visited many ; temples, castles, forts, cathedrals I am probably a little hard to impress, and not being of the Buddhist faith I probably wasn't as appreciative of the history & significance of...  more »
  • 大唐三藏法師傳裡記載 玄奘到尸加國(今瓦拉那西) 看到鹿野伽藍(伽藍是梵語 塔的意思) 他描述"旁有長廊四合" "大院內有精舍 高百餘尺 石階磚龕層級百數 皆隱起黃金佛像" "僧徒一千五百人" 這宏大的場景 今天多數的瓦拉納西人可能都不明白吧 他們虔信濕婆神 佛教遺址或許就只是個觀光景區罷了  more »
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  • Lord Buddha's first sermon was given here. Important place to all Buddhists and a place remembered for one of the greatest sons of Buddhism "Great Anagarika Dharmapala" who sacrificed almost his entire life to preserve these Buddhist sites for millions of follwers to worship today. India honoured grrat Dharmapala by naming the street after him. A must visit site by anyone visiting this area.
  • Prabudha society organised budhist acupressure yoga naturopathy & pipasna camp time to te in sarnath. Dr.shri prakash Baranwal national president prabudha society india
  • A place of great historical and spiritual importance. It boasts of a very lush green surrounding which is soothing to the eyes. To the locals it is known as Sita Rasoia
  • Its vry cool and vry mysterious...
  • Really superb place. A must visit for travellers looking for spiritual insight and the history of Lord Buddha There's a really nice museum of the archaeological survey of India carrying history related to the era of Lord Buddha and the great Ashoka.