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  • Address: Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221007, India
  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • Phone: +91-9891241399
  • Tags: Religious Site, Observatory, Statue, Family And Kids

An old Buddhist story tells us the Bodhisattva is a deer and offers his life to the king. The king was planning to kill the doe for his feast. He was so moved that he created a park as a sanctuary for deer. Sarnath from Saranganath means “lord of the Deer”. Sarnath is a city located 13 kilometres north-east of Varanasi. It is near the confluence of the Ganges and the Gomati rivers in Uttar Pradesh, India. The deer park in Sarnath is where Gautama Buddha first taught the Dharma. This is where the Buddhist Sangha (society) came into existence.

Sarnath is one of the most important Buddhist pilgrimage centres in India. It is also an important place for the followers of Jainism. In the 3rd century BC, Emperor Ashoka had elegant stupas and monasteries built here.  In AD 640, Sarnath had a 100m-high stupa and 1500 monks living within the monasteries. But Buddhism went into decline and when Muslim invaders attacked the city, Sarnath sank into oblivion. British archaeologists brought back the glory of Sarnath in 1835.

Sarnath is a place of pilgrimage, both for Buddhists from India and abroad. Buddhism is a major religion in Thailand, Tibet, Sri Lanka and Myanmar. They have established monasteries in Sarnath in their typical style. Pilgrims and visitors get an overview of Buddhist architecture for various cultures. Sarnath became a prominent centre of Buddhism in the Gupta period. There was an abundance of carved sculptural art and this gave rise to the Sarnath School of Art. This school is known for its simplicity of forms and sublimity. Chaukhandi is the first monument one encounters in Sarnath. It is a lofty mound of brick work whose square edifice is surrounded by an octagonal tower. The most remarkable structure at Sarnath is the cylindrical Dhamek stupa. This is built part stone and part brick. The stone facing the lower part is adorned with delicate floral carvings of the Gupta origin.

Sarnath attracts visitors and followers especially on Purnima, informally Buddha's birthday. On this occasion Buddha's life, death and enlightenment are celebrated, usually in April or May.

Sarnath Travel Tips

  • There will be beggars on the street, don’t encourage them by paying.
  • Visit the museum, it has old sculptures and well explained artefacts.
  • Visit the Japanese museum, it’s very clean and neat with manicured gardens.
  • Hire a guide and make the trip more educational. 

  • Vaishali Restaurant: Indian
  • Sarnath Café: Indian
  • Blue Lassi: Indian
  • The place Ngo Outlet café: Café, Indian, Contemporary

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  • Sarnath Address: Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221007, India
  • Sarnath Contact Number: +91-9891241399
  • Sarnath Timing: 24-hrs
  • Best time to visit Sarnath(preferred time): 08:00 am - 06:00 pm
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  • 81.67% of people who visit Varanasi include Sarnath in their plan

  • 82.35% of people start their Sarnath visit around 07 AM - 08 AM

  • People usually take around 1 Hr to see Sarnath

Thursday, Saturday and Sunday

92.83% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Sarnath

People normally club together Tibetan Temple and Panchganga Ghat while planning their visit to Sarnath.

People also prefer to start their day with Sarnath.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

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  • Sarnath ka fees kinna hai

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  • Sarnath open on this Sunday 19.06.2022 and light and sound programme is going on , kindly give the details.

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  • Saranth open or not

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  • Is Sarnath temple close for this month,please let me know we want to visit ..thanku

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    • Sarnath temple opens every day from 8am to 5pm. You may visit

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