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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.

Sarnath, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221007, India

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Varanasi Station:
Station Rd, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221002, India

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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.

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