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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  • August 17, 2017
    A very sober place a bit neglected but rich history of incalculable value for the Museum is well represented
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  • August 17, 2017
    This is the best place to visit in Varanasi, take ola cab to this place and then take a tour. Do visit the museum and Thai temple for Lord Bhudda. Very nice place.  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    The very feeling that hits you when you visit Sarnath is that of Tranquility. Its peace and clam has a real soothing effect on your mind. The complex is well maintained, clean and orderly with well pr...  more »
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  • April 15, 2017
    The place which every Indian and even every person of the world must see the unique thing available in the museum, that is "The Lion Capital of the Emperor Asoka" The lion capital is made of sand-stone but has the unique polish on it. the polish is unbelievable on sandstone. Emperor Asoka 'The Great' is the only emperor who left War and who ruled not only geographically but also ruled on Heart. He was the grandson of Emperor Chandragupt Maurya who stopped Alexander and defeated Seleucus. there are a lot of things which cant be shared here easily. so, on should visit Sarnath, varanasi india(one of the place of The Light of Asia)
  • January 11, 2017
    People should visit here! Nice museum of Sarnath
  • March 28, 2017
    It's beautiful mueseum
  • June 30, 2017
    Its awesome..
  • March 15, 2017
    Buddha given his 1st sermon

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