Situated just 10 km from Varanasi is the site where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon to his five disciples, preaching the middle path for attaining 'Nirvana'. A popular pilgrim center for the Buddhist followers, Sarnath India offer a sense of spiritual enlightenment to the travelers coming here.
Whenever we speak of Sarnath tourism the first thing that come to our mind are the famous stupas located in the city. These stupas are the first and the most important stop of the Sarnath tourism, about which we will talk in detail.
Dhamekh stupa :
Containing the remains of Lord Buddha, the 34 meter high Dhamek stupa is really a very wondrous structure. 28 mts in diameter, this cylindrical structure is built partly of stone and partly of brick. The stone facing the lower part is adorned with delicate floral carvings of Gupta origin.
Choukhandi Stupa :
Raised by Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1555 A.D., it is believed to be the place where Buddha met his five disciples.
Travel Attractions of Sarnath India
Sarnath Temple :
Although there are not much temples in Sarnath as compared to its nearby cities, yet the travelers coming here can visit the Digambara Jain Temple. The Digambara Jain temple, southwest of the Dhamekh Stupa, is said to be where Shreyanshnath, the 11th Jain tirthankara was born.
Apart from this, one can also plan a visit to Mulagandhakuti Vihara temple built by the Mahabodhi Society in 1931. It is believed that there is a silver casket in the temple, which is said to have the original relics of the Buddha in it.
Sarnath Archaeological Museum :
Love history, then a visit to this museum is a must. Here you can see a magnificent statue of the Buddha turning the wheel of law, and many other excavations that exhibit the flowering of the Indian Plastic arts.
Asoka Pillar :
Erected during the rule of Asoka, this pillar was actually surmounted by the Lion Capital of the King. The majestic Asoka pillar records visit of emperor Asoka to Sarnath. Destroyed during the Turkish invasion, today you can see its ruin in the Sarnath museum.
Sarnath Varanasi - Nearby Excursions
A 45 minute car ride from Sarnath and you arrive in Varanasi(one of the most holiest Hindu city). Also known as the city of Lord Shiva, Varanasi is a major Hindu pilgrim center. Do not forget to attend the evening aarti on the Ganges ghat.
This dusty city 65kms northwest of Varanasi, was founded by Feroz Shah, in 1930. Jaunpur is bisected by River Gomti, into two sectors. The massive Akbari Bridge is a landmark of the region. Other attractions include Feroz Shah Fort and Atala Mosque.
The northern extreme of the Kaimur hills offer an impressive view of the invincible sandstone battlements of Chunar, that overlook a bend in the ganges.
How To Get There
Varanasi (Babatpur) Airport is the nearest airport. Commercial flights connect Varanasi to Kathmandu, Delhi, Agra and Mumbai.
Varanasi railway station is well connected to important cities.
It is located on the National Highway No. 29 that also connects Varanasi and Gorakhpur.
Taxis, Auto-rickshaws, and Local Buses.