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“Buddhas Museum”
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Sarnath
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Half-Day Sarnath Tour from Varanasi
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Half-Day Sarnath Tour including Buddhist Highlights from Varanasi
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Private Tour: Full-Day Varanasi Tour including Sarnath and Evening Ganga Arti
Ranked #4 of 100 things to do in Varanasi
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The Dhamekha stupa and other imposing structures adorn this holy site where Buddha first preached his message.
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“Buddhas Museum”
Reviewed 25 August 2014

it was a historical site. its A very large area and it was original learning place for buddha's followers.....................

Visited July 2014
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“Deer Park--Mirgadava”
Reviewed 21 August 2014

'Deer Park' is an auspicious event in Sarnath, India, where the Buddha turned the wheel of Dharma for the benefit of all sentient beings. This is also known as Mrigadava which means "deer-park".

There are a number of different claims about where the name of Sarnath for this 'Deer Park' was derived, with one of them explaining that one of Buddha’s titles is ‘Saranganath’, which means ‘Lord of the Deer’.

The story continues.. Buddha as an enlightened being took the form of a Deer and offered his life to a king to take the place of the doe that the king was planning to kill. The king in turn was so moved that he created the park now known as Sarnath as a sanctuary for Deer.

Sarnath is famous as the site of the 'Deer Park' where Gautama Buddha first taught the Dharma and also where the original Sangha was formed. Now,it is one of the 4 main Buddhist pilgrimage destinations..

The Deers at this place is an attraction for the kids. Elders enjoy the Stupas and interested to know the history while the children will be attracted towards the deers..

We had gone on our own in a private vehicle, to study the importance of Sarnath area since it requires more time to spend and know the details.

Visited November 2013
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“The Buddhist Trail...”
Reviewed 19 August 2014

The visit to Sarnath was breathtaking as it one of the most important Buddhist site. The sites like the Tree where Buddha attained nirvana, the first sermon to his 5 disciples, the big Stupas, Museum were all fascinating even to a non Buddhist.
After encountering narrow crowded filthy by lanes of Varanasi, The cleanliness and the wide roads were certainly a welcome sight. A must visit for whoever visits Varanasi.

Visited August 2014
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“Great Historical site”
Reviewed 18 August 2014

Sarnath is a heritage site I would visit a second time. Simply because it has a great place in history. And add to that the fact that the site museum next door brings out the history of the site superbly.

Visited August 2014
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“Terribly Disappointed, Miserably Unsated”
Reviewed 17 August 2014

The local people are not cooperative enough, and the unavailability of good tourist guides leaves this place to just a heap of ancient bricks and rocks. If someone has been to other Buddhist sites like Bodh Gaya, they would be extremely disappointed; and if they miss the Sarnath museum and Karmapa temple, the dissatisfaction would reach the zenith. In my opinion, one should see the photos only rather than visiting the place in person.

Visited August 2014
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