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Sarnath, Varanasi

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Visit the village of Sarnath, one of four holy destinations on the Buddhist circuit, boasting a deer park where Buddha gave his first Dharma sermon. Join Buddhists from all over the world, who flock to this key pilgrimage site, the most sacred of the circuit stops, along with Buddha’s place of birth, death, and enlightenment. Admire the various stupas and Buddhist meditation structures, including one that marks the spot where the first teaching happened, or explore the small town and take in the peaceful atmosphere. By using our Varanasi itinerary planner, you can arrange your visit to Sarnath and other attractions in Varanasi.
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  • The site where Buddha first revealed his message is incredible. British archaeologists excavated the numerous stupas and pillars in 1836. 
  • Sarnath was a pleasant and peaceful stop after the busy streets of Varanasi. We stopped here on out way out of town to the airport and were happy we did. The gardens and statues are quiet, if not of g...  more »
  • We went to sarnath for a dat trip but it's not really worth going. There are some temples but they are all on different locations. You can visit the ruins but that's not for free. It's a nice day trip...  more »