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About Sarnath

Sarnath is located 13 km away from Varanasi and is an important place for the followers of Buddhism. It houses a Deer Park where Gautam Buddha taught Dharma for the first time and gave his first sermon. This is also the place where Buddhist Sangha started through the enlightenment of Kondanna, who was Buddha’s first disciple to achieve enlightenment through his teachings. Sarnath is located close to the confluence of the Ganges and Gomati Rivers. Located close by is a village called Singhpur, which was the birthplace of the 11th Jain Tirthankara Shreyansanath. A temple dedicated to him still stands at the site, and a number of Jains come here to pay their respect. Emperor Ashoka, who spread Buddha’s message far and wide visited Sarnath close to 234BCand erected a stupa here which is almost in ruins just like several other structures erected by Buddhist from time to time between 3rd century BC and 11th century AD. Sarnath Museum showcases a rich collection of sculptures related to Buddha and Bodhisattva images. Besides the museum, other tourist attractions in Sarnath are Dharmrajika Stupa, India’s National Emblem at Sarnath Museum, the Saddharmachakra Vihar, a site of excavated ruins.

Highlights

  • Best Time to Visit Morning, Evening
  • Facilities Food Stalls, Washrooms, Accommodation
  • Recommended Hours Min. 1 hour
  • Best Visited With Group, Solo, Couple, Family
  • Not Allowed Footwear
  • Entry Fee Local Tourist: INR 5 Foreign Tourist: INR 100
  • Allowed Camera, Video

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