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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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A very peaceful place

Sarnath was a good place to visit. It felt really peaceful walking around this important Buddhist site. Well worth a visit.

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Closely connected with the life of Buddha, this place was where Buddha preached for the first time. There is a temple, archeological site and a museum. Worth visit

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Sarnath was a good place to visit. It felt really peaceful walking around this important Buddhist site. Well worth a visit.

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New Delhi, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Well preserved, clean and well maintained monuments of Lord Buddha are the highlights of Sarnath. There's a museum too which has a rare collection of excavated murals from all over displayed . Good temples worth a visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Before go there you have to again go through your history book . guide will explain u every thing still better to recall your book and pictures about this. Sit one hour in front of Buddha statue chant Buddam saranam... Feel why a Prince left society which can't be explained

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Best place to know Buddhist history after Bodhgaya. Sarnath is the only place where you can find monasteries of all the branches of Buddhism. Basically you can study Buddhism in detail here.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Sarnath is the place where Buddha delivered the first sermon to his disciples in 528 BCE. The site and museum across the street are operated by the Archaeological Survey of india. The museum houses an incredible collection of stone sculptures and a hoard of gold objects recovered over two centuries of archaeological excavation of the site. The large statues of... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

While it was amazing to realize that this was the spot where Buddha preached his first discourse, the site itself was not exceptional. If this has a larger spiritual meaning for you, go. If not, then skip it.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Buddha preached here so it is very holy and important. Most temples in ruins due to the nasty Moghuls. Many visit but you can find quiet spots to relax in.

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Beautiful place to see nature and sit down for peace.great chai place behind the sarnath temple. There are a lot of shops around it.

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It is the best picnic spot in varanasi Having park and also you can know about Gautam Buddha and much more

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