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Sarnath

Sarnath is an ancient city which is situated near the meeting point of holy river Ganges and the Gomti River. When Lord Buddha had attained enlightenment in Bodh Gaya, he is said to have come down over here and preached his first sermon which was about the middle path of Nirvana. When the followers of Buddha increased even after his death, there were many monasteries and stupas built here. In the th Century when the Chinese traveller Xuang Dan came, there was a 100 ft stupa of Lord Buddha and was the most important seat of Buddhism. Later the Muslims attacked this place and ransacked all the stupas and Sarnath disappeared magically to be found again by British archeologists in the 19th Century. The city was again revived and the ruined structures of the Buddhists are still found here and the Sarnath Deer Park which is the place where the First Sermon was preached is remarkable. It is still one of the four most important seats of Buddhism worship. People come here more during the Buddha Purnima or when his death anniversary is marked.
Mrityunjay Mishra
दलाई लामा के भारत आने से पहले 1955 में भारत में स्थापित सबसे पुराना तिब्बती मंदिर है ।  मिट्टी से बनी विशालकाय बुद्ध प्रतिमा है।  कई अन्य छोटी मूर्तियाँ और अन्य कलाकृतियाँ हैं।  यह एक सुंदर शांत जगह है और बहुत दयालु और मैत्रीपूर्ण लामाओं द्वारा प्रबंधित किया जाता है।यह एक बाहत ही शांत जगह है । चायनीज मंदिर से इसकी दूरी महज 500 मीटर है।  सारनाथ संग्रहालय के लगभग 2 किमी की दूरी पर स्थित यह स्थान दिव्य शांति प्रदान करता है।  सारनाथ में मंदिरों का दौरा करें और आप उनमें से लगभग सभी में मौन और शांति पाएंगे।  कोई फर्क नहीं पड़ता कि आप अपने जीवन से कितने परेशान या निराश हैं, ये मंदिर आपको समय के लिए उन सभी को दूर ले जाने की गारंटी देते हैं।  यदि आप वाराणसी या सारनाथ की यात्रा कर रहे हैं, तो यह देखने के लिए भी जरूर चाहिए।मंदिर अंदर से बहुत ही खूब सूरत है । अगर आप एक सोलो ट्रेवलर है और आपको पीस फूल जगहों पर जाना अच्छा लगता है तो आप यहां जाकर कुछ समय बिल्कुल रिलॉक्स बिल्कुल शांति से बिता सकते है मुझे यहां आना पसंद है।हमारी यात्रा के दौरान मंदिर के भीतर बैठा भिक्षु बहुत ही मिलनसार था और उसने हमारे साथ अच्छी बातचीत की, भले ही हमने वहाँ बहुत कम समय बिताया हो। लेकिन  उन्होंने बौद्ध धर्म के इतिहास से हमें अवगत कराया । मैं आपको सजेस्ट करूँगा की आप जब भी किसी मंदिर चर्च या मस्जिद जाए तो वहां के धर्म अनुयायी है आप उनसे जरूर बात करे । वो आपको वहां के इतिहास और वहा की संस्कृति से आपको अवगत कराएंगे । thanks
Smriti Singh
Since we had half our day, we decided to visit Sarnath which is approximately 45mins from Varanasi. I would definitely recommend this place. We clubbed with a person from the hostel (perks of hostel). You will find a great touch of Buddhism around the Sanchi Stupa - the museum, nearby temples and a idol of Buddha. There are many groups that practice there as well.
Pooja Khandelwal
Sarnath is 10 kilometers from Banaras and is definitely worth a visit. This is the place where Gautam Buddha first taught dharma.It is also famous for the "Lion Capital of Ashoka", which is currently in display in Sarnath museum. It is the current emblem of India.Besides there are many buddhist temples dedicated to Japan, Thailand and various other countries which you can visit while in Sarnath.
Mobile phones (DCLR & other cameras are available), plastic items are strictly prohibited inside the Museum, you have to deposit all your restricted items inside the locker room.When I entered inside the museum, I saw 80% of people were came from outside India & there tour guides were explaining to them about the things placed inside the museum.I feel proud when someone came from outside India especially to know our cultures, how our rituals are happening.Everywhere computer display was available, If you can read more about that particular pillar or statue you can read it.Many school children came to see the museum& I like this approach.Timings:-9 am to 5 pm; Friday ClosedPhotographyAllowedWheelchairAccessible
Titli Ghosh
Day 3: Kachori Gali, Vishwanath Mandir, and SarnathThe third and the last day of our Varanasi trip began with a stroll down the Kachori Gali at as early as 7 am. With most shops being closed (for some unknown reason) and some shops just opening their shutters, we were blessed to find a kachori shop that was serving hot kachoris. A kind soul there guided us to Ram Bhandar (through dangerously narrow lanes), where we had a sumptuous breakfast replete with more kachoris, dhokla, and jalebis.After breakfast, we made our way towards the Kashi Vishwanath Temple. We had avoided the temple earlier because of the legendary crowd that is associated with it. We, however, were lucky to find the temple relatively empty, though we did not opt for a "darshan," as we were faced with a serpentine queue by the time we made our way inside the temple complex.