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Rank4 out of 84 attractions in Varanasi
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.
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Reviews of Sarnath • 13
Dhamek Stupa, SarnathOne of the oldest relics of Buddhism, Dhamek stupa is located at a distance of 13 kms from Varanasi. This stupa was constructed by Emperor Asoka. And while a part of it is ruined, its height and diameter is still something that will put you in awe.
1 Varanasi – Sarnath – VaranasiSituated on the left bank of the holy river Ganga, Varanasi is traditionally regarded as the eternal city. Its antiquity can be traced back to the first millennium BC. This morning travel north of Varanasi to Sarnath, where Siddharth Gotama preached his first sermon after attaining enlightenment and becoming a Buddha. The 34 meter high Dhamekh Stupa marks the spot where the Master first preached. The ruins of monasteries, built more than 2000 years ago. At Sarnath stands the famous Ashoka pillar of polished sandstone whose lion capital has been adopted by the Republic of India as its state emblem. A modern Sri Lankan temple contains Japanese Buddhist paintings. In the evening, participate in the evening prayers and chanting.
Varanasi is a sacred city for Hindus..having loadful of places like temples, food joints,narrow alleys & ghats to visit. When i saw an aarti & cremation in a single frame, it gave me a different prespective about life.. that's why i call it city of hope.
SarnathCost:- Rs 600
Enrich yourself at the temples and monasteries, which were once visited by Gautam Buddha himself, long long ago. Sarnath is a holy place 13km east of Varanasi, and the religion of this holy place is kindness. Sarnath is an important pilgrimage site for Buddhist and Jain monks, and you will encounter many of them when you explore the interiors. While in Sarnath, you can visit many temples, stupas and the iconic Ashokan Pillar. Sarnath is a great place for people who love photography.Ideal for: Travellers looking for a less crowded alternate to VaranasiThings to do in Sarnath: Marvel at the beauty of Thai architectural style at Thai Temple; visit the famous Chaukhandi Stupa and offer your prayers at the famed Tibetan Temple. For more interesting things to do in Sarnath, click here and connect with our Sarnath travel guide and get expert help.How to reach Sarnath: Sarnath is well connected through trains. However the best way to reach Sarnath is to take a flight to Varanasi and then take a taxi there towards to Sarnath.Tip: Since Sarnath is a holy city, it is very important to maintain a certain decorum and not hurt any religious sentiments. Make sure you read up well before you visit these sights of religious importance.
We kick started our trip with some history revision at Sarnath- the birth place of Buddhism. It is a treat to watch the huge statue of Lord Buddha, made of 280 stones, at the Thai temple. Its premises also has a replica of our national emblem - Ashoka Pillar. Bang opposite to this temple is the museum which has wonderfully restored remains of Sarnath Stupa. Hats off to the Archaeological Dept. of India. The museum welcomes you with the original Ashoka pillar, which leaves one awestruck. The carvings and photo gallery here is class apart. Right beside is the Stupa, which I personally term as 'Broken Beauty'. The incompleteness of its architecture makes it complete.
A must visit. Sarnath is around an hour's drive from the Varanasi airport and it is well worth the visit. It is the site where Gautam Buddha gave his first sermon. It's surrounded by beautifully maintained gardens. There are guides there that give a pretty accurate description of the history and background of Sarnath. You can hire them for a measly amount of 30 Rs. Also, check out the museum that is just a few meters away. Don't shop at the shop the guides take you too. The shopkeepers will try to fleece you and make an extra buck or two.
Take a walk around the place and see how you fall in love with it.
Sarnath has something to offer to everyone. There's a deer park that one can easily tour around. After the Bouddha attained enlightenment in Bodh Gaya he came to sarnath to deliver his very first sermon.
The deer park in Sarnath is where Gautama Buddha first taught the Dharma, and where the Buddhist Sangha came into existence through the enlightenment of Kondanna. Sarnath is located 13 kilometres north-east of Varanasi near the confluence of the Ganges and the Gomati rivers, in Uttar Pradesh, India. Singhpur, a village approximately one km away from the site, was the birthplace of Shreyansanath, the eleventh Tirthankara of Jainism, and a temple dedicated to him, is an important pilgrimage site. Isipatana is mentioned by the Buddha as one of the four places of pilgrimage which his devout followers should visit, if they wanted to visit a place for that reason. It was also the site of the Buddha's Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta, which was his first teaching after attaining enlightenment, in which he taught the four noble truths and the teachings associated with it.
Since I was coming in by train from Agra (an experience I highly recommend -- North Indian trains are timely and very light on the pocket), I decided to spend the first few days exploring the tiny suburb of Sarnath. Located so close to the tourist center, the rickshawallas here are almost waiting for the opportunity to fleece the foreigner. More than an annoyance though, I saw it as an amusing dance we engaged in -- each trying to outdo the other through negotiations. Keep a smile on your face, make sure you know the prices approximately, and you'll be fine.