Sightseeing Tour of Sarnath - Varanasi
Scheduled For: Every Day
(08:00 AM - 01:00 PM )
Sarnath is a city located 13 kilometres north-east of Varanasi near the confluence of the Ganges and the Gomati rivers in Uttar Pradesh, India. 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. 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.
The Emperor Ashoka, who spread Lord Buddha’s message of love and compassion throughout his vast empire, visited Sarnath around 234 BC, and erected a stupa here. Several Buddhist structures were raised at Sarnath between the 3rd century BC and the 11th century AD, and today it presents the most expansive ruins amongst places on the Buddhist trail. Sarnath is 10 km from the holy city of Varanasi, and is an exceedingly tranquil place. The ruins, the museum and temple are all within walking distance.
Dhamek Stupa : Dhamek Stupa (also spelled Dhamekh and Dhamekha, traced to Sanskrit version Dharmarajika Stupa, which can be translated as the Stupa of the reign of Dharma) is a massive stupa located at Sarnath, 13 km away from Varanasi in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India.
Mulagandha Kuti Vihar: Mulagandha Kuti Vihar is the modern temple erected by the Mahabodhi Society. The temple was made by Kosetsu Nosu, Japan’s foremost painter and a rich repository of Buddhist literature. The ancient Mulagandha Kuti Temple is among the brick ruins of Sarnath.
Sarnath Museum: Sarnath Museum has a rich collection of Buddhist sculptures comprising numerous Buddha and Bodhisattva images.
Chaukhandi Stupa: Chaukhandi Stupa is a impressive earthen mound covered by brickwork. The square base edifice surrounded by an octagonal tower. It is believed that Emperor Ashoka erected the original structure.
Ashoka Pillar: Ashoka Pillar at Sarnath is one of the most famous and most visited tourist spot in India. Emperor Ashoka erected this pillar like several others in other parts of his kingdom.
Inclusions: Ac Indigo/Swift, Parking Charges
Duration : 5 Hrs
When: Everyday at 08:00 AM
Pickup location: Pickup within the city limits of Varanasi at 8:00AM
Number of Pax: Minimum 2 person
Group sizes vary from 2-6 persons
Guide Service : Optional on Request
Mulagandha Kuti Vihar
Starting Point: Varanasi
End Point: Varanasi
Covers: Stupas, Excavated ruins of monasteries, Ashoka Pillar, Deer Park, Dhamekh Stupa, Bodhi Tree, Moolgandha Kuti Vihar & Archaeology Museum.
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