Sarnath, located just 12 km from the main city of Varanasi, is the site of the deer park where Lord Gautama Buddha fist preached his first sermon speech his enlightenment. In the 3rd century BC, emperor Ashoka had magnificent stupas and monasteries erected here as well as an engraved pillar. When Chinese traveller Xuan Zang dropped by in AD 640, Sarnath boasted a 100m-high stupa and 1500 monks living in large monasteries. However, soon after, Buddhism went into decline and, when Muslim invaders sacked the city in the late 12th century, Sarnath disappeared altogether. It was ‘rediscovered’ by British archaeologists in 1835.
Today it’s one of the four key sites on the Buddhist circuit (along with Bodhgaya, Kushinagar and Lumbini in Nepal) and attracts followers from around the world, especially on Purnima (or, informally, Buddha's birthday), when Buddha's life, death and enlightenment are celebrated, usually in April or May.
Excursion includes transport in a hygene & comfortable vehicle and a knowledgeable & experienced guide and accompany you to visit the sites concerned, viz.: the Sarnath archaeological excavation sites, the museum, the Jain Temple, Mulagandha Kutivihara, the Boddhi Tree, the deer park, Thai Temples, the Japanese Temple and the Tibetan Buddhist Vihara. Cold mineral water is supplied in the car and the toll tax & parking fees are also included.
Please Note: Do not carry valuable things on tour. Photographs are not allowed inside the museum (the archaeological museum is closed every Friday and temples are closed every day from 11:00 a.m. to 13:30 p.m.) The archaeological excavation area and museum entrance fees at Rs.105/- each are not included in this tour.
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