Half-Day Sarnath Tour from Varanasi

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Half-Day Sarnath Tour from Varanasi
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Sarnath, the world-famous Buddhist site, is situated about 10 km (6 miles) northeast of Varanasi city. This was the place where the Buddha delivered his first sermon in the Deer Park in 528 B.C that is also known as Dhamma Chakra Pravartan, meaning "The Wheel of Law turns".
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In Brief

Location:
Varanasi, India
Country:
India
Duration:
3 hours
Operates:
Daily; except Friday
Highlights:
Private guide for a more personalized experience
Choice of morning or afternoon departure
Small group ensures personal service
Step back in time on a history tour
Tour is wheelchair accessible
Family friendly
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You will be picked up at your hotel in Varanasi by 9:00AM and leave for the tour. Right before the archaeological and excavation area, along the main road you will see Chaukhandi Stupa. Based on archaeological excavation it is believed that this stupa appears to be constructed prior to the times of Gupta Dynasty (approx. 5th century A.D.). Archeological and excavation area (Sarnath Deer Park) is the main site where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon in year 528 B.C. Several Buddhist structures were raised at Sarnath between the 3rd century B.C and the 11th century A.D.

Main structure of the site is Dhamek Stupa (Dhamekha Stupa) that was built by King Ashoka “The Great” in 3rd century B.C. This spot is believed to be exactly the place where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon to his five disciples. Mulagandha Kuti Vihar represents the main shrine where Buddha used to sit in meditation for three month during the rainy season.

Ashokan Pillar (Ashokan Lion) is a monolithic 15.25-meter-high pillar. It bears the typical Mauryan polish and was surmounted by the famous Lion Capital with a crowning Dharmachakra fitted above the heads of four lion, carved out of single block of black-spotted buff-colored sandstone. This pillar bears inscription from the 3rd century B.C. You will find this oldest and the finest piece of sculpture at Sarnath in the archeological museum.

After the archeological museum you will visit Mahabodhi Temple. It is one of the modern temples in Sarnath founded by Mahabodhi society of India in 1931. This temple has series of frescoes drawn by Japanese artist Kosetsu Nosu. There are other modern Buddhist temples established in Sarnath by different Buddhist communities. The exposition of sacred relics of Lord Buddha takes place during the annual procession around Sarnath falls on Kartik Pirnima (full moon day in November). At the end of the tour you will be transferred back to your hotel in Varanasi city.

Inclusions

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Varanasi
  • Professional guide
  • Transport by private vehicle
  • Entry/Admission - Sarnath
  • Entry/Admission - Ashoka Pillar
  • Entry/Admission - Chaukhandi Stupa
  • Entry/Admission - Dhamek Stupa

Exclusions

  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Departure Point

Your centrally located hotel in Varanasi

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • A maximum of 10 people per booking
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 2 recent reviews

I recently went on this tour and as a Buddhist, it was quite inspiring for me to visit the site where The Buddha set the wheel of the Dhamma in motion. Imdrajeet was a knowledgeable guide and I sufficiently enjoyed my time with him that I will seek him out for similar tours in the future.
• Submitted 20 Sep 2019
Fantastic tour with a very knowledgeable guide who explained everything with great ease. We were constantly told to take our time in looking at things and taking photos. Sarnath was amazing to look around and I would recommend this to anyone.
• Submitted 19 Jul 2017

In Brief

Location:
Varanasi, India
Country:
India
Duration:
3 hours
Operates:
Daily; except Friday
Highlights:
Private guide for a more personalized experience
Choice of morning or afternoon departure
Small group ensures personal service
Step back in time on a history tour
Tour is wheelchair accessible
Family friendly