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About Dhamek Stupa

Constructed by Ashoka, Dhamekh Stupa at Sarnath is among the most prominent Buddhist structures in India. It’s a structure that’s cylindrical in shape and approximately 34 meters high and 28.3 meters in diameter. The base of the Stupa is covered with brilliantly carved stones with geometrical designs, floral motifs, human figures and lovely birds. The pillars also offer a glimpse of inscriptions written in the Brahmi script. The upper portions are made of brickwork and possibly had a carved stone fencing sometime. This is thought to be the spot where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon. It’s especially important for the followers of Buddhism as Dhamekh Stupa bears special significance and signifies the “seat of the holy Buddha”. Dhamekh Stupa is just one of the many sacred stupas in Sarnath. This stupa is located thirteen kilometers away from the city of Varanasi. Some believe it originated as pre-Buddhist tumuli where ascetics were buried in a seated position known as Chaitya.

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  • Best Time to Visit Morning, Evening, Night
  • Facilities Food Stalls, Washrooms
  • Recommended Hours Min. 2 hours
  • Best Visited With Group, Solo, Couple, Family
  • Not Allowed Footwear
  • Entry Fee Local Tourist: INR 5 Foreign Tourist: Rs. 100 Camera: INR 25
  • Allowed Camera, Video

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