Dhamek Stupa, Varanasi

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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. A visit to Dhamek Stupa represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Varanasi day trip planning site to plot your vacation.
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  • This Dhamek stupa is situated in Sarnath historical site and is monument to Buddha and his teachings at the site. The stupa built in 1074 stands at about 33 metres high and still has reminants of how ...  more »
  • This is one of the most important sacred place in saranath as this is where lord buddha did a stopover after he left gaya and give his first preaching to his 5 disciplines.its believed that the stupa ...  more »
  • Buddha history in the backdrop of a very well maintained manicured greenery landscape and archaeological remnants of Mauryan period.  more »
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  • A beautiful and well maintained historical site with religious significance where Buddha gave his first sermon to his five students . The site has many ruins and a Stupa that was built by King Ashoka after the Kalinga war. The site also has the remains of the original Ashoka pillar that is well preserved in a glass case but without the lion head . The lion head that is the national emblem of India is preserved separately in the museum close by .
  • Dhamek Stupa When was it built: Originally constructed in 249 BCE later replaced in 500 CE Who built it: Emperor Ashoka of the Maurya Dynasty Where is it located: Sarnath, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India Why was it built: Buddhist Pilgrimage Architectural Style: Buddhist Art and Architecture Visit Timing: Sunrise to Sunset How to Reach: Located 13 km away from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, India. Varanasi is well-connected with other parts of India by air, rail and roads. One can hire a cab, auto or even a rickshaw from hotel depending on distance from hotel to reach the spot. Dhamek Stupa which is also spelled as Dhamekh and Dhamekha is one of the most famous and Buddhist stupas located in Sarnath near Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, India. Originally built in 249 BCE during the reign of king Ashoka of the Maurya Dynasty, this massive and prominent structure has over time gone through several expansions and additions. This solid cylindrical shaped Stupa made of red bricks and stone in its present position stands at a height of 43.6 m with a diameter of 28 m. The significance of this sacred place is that it marks the spot where Lord Buddha preached the first sermon to His five disciples after attaining enlightenment in Bodh Gaya. Buddhist pilgrims from around the world visit Sarnath to circumambulate the holy Stupa and worship Lord Buddha. National and international tourists also flock at Sarnath to get a glimpse of Buddhist architecture and culture at this significant centre of Buddhism.
  • Historical and worshiped place fir all humanity for peace and brotherhood. Lord Buddha has delivered his 1st sermon to his followers. Nicely maintained and managed. Precaution: Don't hire any guide here. Even unknown person can roam and understand all the places.
  • Excellent place and well maintained. The peace which is prevalent around the place just makes it majestic.
  • Historical site. Built by Ashok. You can find peace here. Well maintained

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