ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Travel and Places»
  • Visiting Asia»
  • Southern Asia»
  • India

Sarnath, India - A sacred destination

Updated on January 24, 2016

Sarnath, a place about 12km from Varanasi, India where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon. The place is really enchanting and worth time. It consists of Deer Park, Dhamekh Stupa and the Buddha Temple.

Varanasi Railway Station, India
Varanasi Railway Station, India

I’ll be here sharing my experience after I’d visited Sarnath. We were the group of four peoples, all relatives. We landed around 10 ‘O clock at the holy city Varanasi via local train. Since it was a December month, so we faced a little bit chilled weather and believe me it was an awesome experience.

The city railway station itself reflects a beauty and yes you could imagine about Sarnath then. We walked out of the station, and took some breakfast in the local restaurant situated vicinity of station.

After a while, it was a confusion whether to take public transport or private auto/taxi. Few minutes later, we’d decided to go by public transport as it was then cheaper than the latter option. The fare was around 100 INR for four people.

After ½ an hour approximately we reached there, Sarnath. I still remember the smell, was pleasant and the local road shops, and the crowd of people from different countries, it all looked flabbergasting.

show route and directions
A markerSarnath -
Sarnath, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221007, India
get directions

B markerVaranasi Station -
Station Rd, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221002, India
get directions

We headed for Buddha Temple first, it is situated after the Dhamekh Stupa. The temple looked nice, a very beautiful structure. We got in, took blessings and came out. Ghrrr, sounds easy! But it took a much time, but at the same time it was worth spending. We’d got to see the Deer Park and Bodhi Tree, both are in vicinity of the temple. After spending so much time and clicking selfies there we finally got out and set our target as Stupa.

Buddha Temple, Sarnath
Buddha Temple, Sarnath
Buddha Temple, Sarnath
Buddha Temple, Sarnath
Near Bodhi Tree, Sarnath
Near Bodhi Tree, Sarnath

Without spending much time we rushed for tickets (for 5 INR only) and got entered from the main gate of Stupa. The site near is an archaeological site, and the base of Ashoka Pillar still lies there at the original location, and the parts of it was destroyed by Turks.

As soon as we entered, Dhamekh Stupa got our eyes. It’s an eye-catching 128 feet high and 93 feet in diameter. We took rounds of Stupa, and I think it was a sacred activity like we pray in temples and churches. While taking rounds, I’d noticed few people throwing a coin on the upper block of Stupa. After few investigation, we found that it’s for making a wish. My brother somehow managed the coins and we did the same.

The archaeological site. Dhamekh Stupa and Sridigambar Temple are visible in background
The archaeological site. Dhamekh Stupa and Sridigambar Temple are visible in background

Later on, after much exploring Stupa we headed for Sridigamber Jain Temple which is located behind the Stupa.

Subsequently we came out from there, visited few local shops. They were all selling Tibettan Jackets, local handcrafted objects, Budhha face equipments etc. The handcrafted material was worth buying, and we’d a lots of it.

The Buddha Statue located before the site of Stupa
The Buddha Statue located before the site of Stupa

It was around 3’O clock, and it was the time for departure.

All I can say it was a wonderful experience which I can never forget, and it’s a must visit place.

Have you ever visited Sarnath, India or you wish to be there ?

See results

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)