Sarnath Tour From Varanasi

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  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
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  • Duration: 4 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    9:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Any Hotel centrally located in Varanasi city limit
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Sarnath, the world-famous Buddhist site, is situated about 10 km (6 miles) northeast of Varanasi city. This was the place where the Buddha delivered his first sermon in the Deer Park in 528 B.C that is also known as Dhamma Chakra Pravartan, meaning "The Wheel of Law turns".


  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
  • Small group ensures personal service
  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Tour is wheelchair accessible
  • Family friendly

Know More about this tour

You will be picked up at your hotel in Varanasi by 9:00AM and leave for the tour. Right before the archaeological and excavation area, along the main road you will see Chaukhandi stupa. Based on archaeological excavation it is believed that this stupa appears to be constructed prior to the times of Gupta Dynasty (approx. 5th century A.D.). Archeological and excavation area (Sarnath Deer Park) is the main site where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon in year 528 B.C. Several Buddhist structures were raised at Sarnath between the 3rd century B.C and the 11th century A.D.

Main structure of the site is Dhamek Stupa (Dhamekha Stupa) that was built by King Ashoka The Great in 3rd century B.C. This spot is believed to be exactly the place where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon to his five disciples. Mulagandha Kuti Vihar represents the main shrine where Buddha used to sit in meditation for three month during the rainy season.

Ashokan Pillar (Ashokan Lion) is a monolithic 15.25-meter-high pillar. It bears the typical Mauryan polish and was surmounted by the famous Lion Capital with a crowning Dharmachakra fitted above the heads of four lion, carved out of single block of black-spotted buff-colored sandstone. This pillar bears inscription from the 3rd century B.C. You will find this oldest and the finest piece of sculpture at Sarnath in the archeological museum.

After the archeological museum you will visit Mahabodhi Temple. It is one of the modern temples in Sarnath founded by Mahabodhi society of India in 1931. This temple has series of frescoes drawn by Japanese artist Kosetsu Nosu. There are other modern Buddhist temples established in Sarnath by different Buddhist communities. The exposition of sacred relics of Lord Buddha takes place during the annual procession around Sarnath falls on Kartik Pirnima (full moon day in November). At the end of the tour you will be transferred back to your hotel in Varanasi city.


Hotel pickup and drop-off in Varanasi

Professional guide

Transport by private vehicle

Entry/Admission - Sarnath

Entry/Admission - Ashoka Pillar

Entry/Admission - Chaukhandi Stupa

Entry/Admission - Dhamek Stupa


Food and drinks


Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

A minimum of 2 people per booking is required

A maximum of 10 people per booking

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Traveler Reviews

  • 20-Sep-2019

    I recently went on this tour and as a Buddhist, it was quite inspiring for me to visit the site where The Buddha set the wheel of the Dhamma in motion. Imdrajeet was a knowledgeable guide and I sufficiently enjoyed my time with him that I will seek him out for similar tours in the future.

  • 19-Jul-2017

    Fantastic tour with a very knowledgeable guide who explained everything with great ease. We were constantly told to take our time in looking at things and taking photos. Sarnath was amazing to look around and I would recommend this to anyone.