Buddhism owes its origins in the spiritual center of Sarnath, where the religion found its meaning in the form of preaching the peaceful and harmonious living. Sarnath is a prominent Buddhist pilgrimage site where Lord Buddha after his enlightenment started preaching the ultimate knowledge to his first five followers, who abandoned him in Rajgir.
Deer Park of Sarnath was the revered site where Buddha delivered his first sermon, formed Sangha, the association and set in motion the Wheel of Law (Dharmachakra Pravartana). The teachings of Middle way i.e. giving up the extremes of either luxury or asceticism; four noble truths and eightfold path found their way in Sarnath through Lord Buddha.
Emperor Ashoka visited Sarnath around 234 BC and erected many stupas and Buddhist structures here. Famous among them are Dhamekh Stupa and the most recognized icon of India - Lion Capital of Ashoka Pillar. This excellent sculpture features the four Indian Lions standing back to back and is a proud national emblem of India. Currently, the original Lion Capital can be seen in a preserved state at Sarnath Museum.
Sarnath Tour in India is a spiritual journey of awakening and following the teachings of Lord Buddha. Beginning from the middle-way, and embracing the noble eight-fold path is the first step of learning during the Sarnath Tour.Location of Sarnath
Located just 10 km north east of the spiritual city of Varanasi, Sarnath is an important Buddhist Heritage Site.Attractions
- Exploring Dhamekha Stupa is an intrinsic part of Sarnath Tour. Built around 500 A.D., the Stupa commemorates the site of first discourse that Lord Buddha delivered after his enlightenment to the first five followers. Emperor Ashoka during his tour to Sarnath erected this stupa to commemorate the site. Many worshippers circumambulate the round stupa structure and offer their respects to the site where Buddha established Sangha in Buddhism.
-Chaukhandi Stupa is another attraction of Sarnath Tour. This large ruined stupa enshrines the relics of Lord Buddha’s mortal remains and serves as a must visit site for Buddhist followers. Asokan Pillar -
The Ashokan Pillar of Sarnath is a great way to see the inspiration behind the emblem of India, the four sculpted lions seated back to back on a plinth featuring a 24 spoke wheel chakra. The Pillar also is a record in stone illustrating the visit of Ashoka to Sarnath. Excursion Tour from Sarnath Varanasi
– Varanasi is one of the oldest continuing cities of the world. Located just 10 kms away from Sarnath, Varanasi is spiritual epicenter of India. Revered as a prominent Hindu pilgrimage, Varanasi is renowned for its Eastern Ghats along side River Ganges, numerous temples and great history.Ramnagar Fort
- The fort at Ramnagar offers a great glimpse of authentic history of Varanasi and its kings. Built in the 18th century, Ramnagar Fort is based on Mughal architectural style with carved balconies, open courtyards and picturesque pavilions.
How to reach Sarnath
Varanasi forms the perfect and convenient base for exploring Sarnath on a tour.Air
-The nearest Airport is 22 kms from Varanasi. The city enjoys strong airway connectivity from Delhi, Agra, Khajuraho, Kolkata, Mumbai, Lucknow, Bhubaneshwar and Kathmandu with direct flights.Rail -
Varanasi is a major station in Broad gauge network having strong network connectivity with all major cities of India.Road -
Well-laid motorable roads connect Sarnath with Varanasi and other important cities.