I had booked at the Golden Buddha and when I arrived for my 20 night stay I was shocked at how filthy the Golden Buddha is. No way was I staying there. The owner called around and found me a room at the Agrawal Paying Guest House -- and was I in for a beautiful surprise. This is heaven in Sarnath! Stunning huge gardens, 50 year old mango trees provide shade, an adult sized swing in the garden. For two weeks I was in a room on the ground floor. It was nice to come outside and sit on the patio chairs. The room was clean (king sized bed) with western washroom. Comfortable. The last 4 days of my stay I moved upstairs to the rooms on the 2nd story. HUGE room with sitting area, tv and roof top patio. Mr. and Mrs. Agrawal are gracious hosts. The staff are very friendly. One of the locals, Babalu would come to get your laundry and his service was impeccable. It is very safe to stay here. It is close to an internet shop (1/2 block) and small shops. It's right across the street from the Tibetan Monastery and a 10 minute walk to the Maha Bodhi Temple. Agrawal's is a very restful place and the owners are most welcoming. Highly recommended. Ph. [--] and mobile: [--]
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