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Address: Sarnath | Via-Anlabereni, Varanasi 759026, India
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The Dhamekha stupa and other imposing structures adorn this holy site where...

The Dhamekha stupa and other imposing structures adorn this holy site where Buddha first preached his message.

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Beautiful grounds are breathtaking!

Well, maybe not breathtaking, but such a breath of fresh air and noise level, right in the midst of Banaras! It is worth seeing! I am not sure how much of it you can climb up... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Mary R
Naperville, Illinois
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Ambarnath, India
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60 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Sarnath was one of the listing in sight seeing itinerary of Varanasi. Sarnath is little bit outskirts of Varanasi near about 13 Kms. There is no entry fee for sarnath. Near the entry gate you will get a local guide who will demonstrate the history of Sarnath. These local guides are very nice people. You can pay them the amount... More 

Thank Santosh-N-Thorat
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I've wanted to see a stupa ever since I was in school but going there I found nothing special. People other than Buddhists are not even allowed to go near the structure. The guide says he won't charge anything but after giving him ₹100 he was still asking for more.

Thank mainakbhadra
Naperville, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Well, maybe not breathtaking, but such a breath of fresh air and noise level, right in the midst of Banaras! It is worth seeing! I am not sure how much of it you can climb up, but it is next to the Meditation Garden which looks even more appealing! There is a pathway to follow, and it meanders to several... More 

Thank Mary R
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It isn't too far from Varanasi and is a very, very thought provoking place. You will find a lot of Buddhist monks on the beautiful lawns discussing (probably) life, and discourses being given in front of the structure. The Jain and Buddhist places of prayer are right next to each other. The man in the Jain temple has a lot... More 

Thank Krithika S
Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This place would be very much liked by the followers of Buddhism. A big statue of Buddha, Ashok Pillar, carefully made garden and scampering of few squirrels are the main features of this place. It's good place if the season is winter. Else, during summer it's really tough to cope with. In fine, it's good to be here for a... More 

Thank SubirBose
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Far away from main Varanasi, during hot season it is difficult to visit this place through ordinary facility.

Thank AK S
Lucknow, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We spend good time in the evening. My children learnt plenty of things on the history. Wonderful experience. Very holy & spiritual place. Spend more time.

Thank umesh_12
Pune, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I highly recommend that anyone visiting Varanasi, to visit Sarnath. The Museum here has a fabulous collection of the sand stone sculptures from Ashoka period.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It was magical as I love to read about Buddhism and also because we had a good tour guide with us to explain the meaning of Sarnath. People step on religious and precious stones where is prohibited to walk on pretending they dont see the signs warning visitors to stay away of this area. That´s sad! Be aware that the... More 

Thank santinellisabrina
United Kingdom
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289 reviews
216 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited Sarnath way back last January and have only gotten round to writing this review now. This is the place where the Buddha gave his first sermon after attaining enlightenment. I'm not a religious man, but I got goosebumps just visiting this place. A truly peaceful place amongst the cacophony that's India. In addition to the Stupa marking the... More 

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