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“When in Varanasi, go there!”
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Private Tour: Full-Day Varanasi Tour including Sarnath and Evening Ganga Arti
Ranked #4 of 98 things to do in Varanasi
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Owner description: The Dhamekha stupa and other imposing structures adorn this holy site where Buddha first preached his message.
Overijse, Belgium
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“When in Varanasi, go there!”
Reviewed 12 May 2014

Sarnath is only half an hour's drive away from Varanasi. It is relaxing and there are a few things to see: the Tibetan temple, the Buddha statue, the deer park (wonderful frescoes in the temple), the old stupa. Do not skip this place, you will not regret having been to 'the birth place of buddhism'.

Visited May 2014
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Historic Sarnath”
Reviewed 11 May 2014

Sarnath is a holy place for the followers of Buddha and it circa 13km from Varanasi. After attaining enlightenment at Bodhgaya, the Buddha went to the deer park at Sarnath and preached his first discourse here to 5 disciples...the teachings of the first Wheel of Dharma.
There is a Buddhist Temple, the Dhamekha Stupa, ancient Buddhist monastry ruins and the Sarnath Museum to visit... the Lion Capital of Ashoka (that originally stood on top of the Ashoka Pillar) is located in the museum.

Visited March 2014
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Overland Park, KS
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“Sarnath - follow in the steps of the Buddha”
Reviewed 9 May 2014

Located very near Varanasi India, Sarnath is one of four primary pilgrimage sights for those interested in Buddhism. Here, the Buddha "preached his first sermon" to his followers following his enlightenment. There is a very interesting small museum adjacent to the park area which provides an excellent orientation as well as displaying a number of wonderful artifacts. The park itself is quiet, calm and peaceful with the main Stupa serving as the focal point. It's a great location to rest, recover, reflect and meditate - and to take a break from the chaos that can be India and especially Varanasi. Take a snack, some water and enjoy. I've written more detail and shared photos on my blog at: http://travelandphototoday.com/2014/04/02/sarnath-india/

Visited April 2014
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“Very Peaceful!”
Reviewed 8 May 2014

One must visit this place for once at least for once if you come to Varanasi!! Peaceful and calm away from the city chaos. Though this place is away from the city and you might have to take a separate taxi but its worth it. The Buddha statue is amazing!!

Visited May 2014
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Munich, Germany
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“Visit to Sarnat”
Reviewed 2 May 2014

Sarnat is a sacred pilgramage place for Buddhists. The temples and the park are worth a visit. Inspite of the many visitors it is a great place to relax. The park also houses an Ashokian pillar.

Visited March 2014
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