Half-Day Sarnath Tour from Varanasi2 reviews
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.
- 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
- Food and drinks
Your centrally located hotel in Varanasi
Returns to original departure point
- 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 Terms and Conditions
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.
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