Things to Visit in Sarnath
It is one of the most admired Buddhist Shrines in the world. Dhamek Stupa is the place
where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon after receiving enlightenment in Bodh Gaya.
This stupa is cylindrical in shape and has a base of more than 28 meters in diameter. Its
architectural pattern is district and appealing.
It is the first monument you will encounter as you enter Sarnath. It is actually a huge
mound of brickwork. It is said that Emperor Ashoka originally built this Stupa. Positioned
on a terraced rectangular plinth, the Stupa is capped by an octagonal Mogul tower.
Emperor Ashoka built this pillar. Its erection and commission date is engraved on the
pillar. It is stood over 17 meters in height. On the top of the pillar, there are four lions
back to back that has been adopted as the official emblem of modern India and can be
seen in the museum at Sarnath.
The Archaeological Museum of Sarnath is one of its kinds in entire South-Asia. It
displays a large collection of sculptures standing as testimony to the avid, artistic and
religious activity of the place from thousand years.
Best Time to Visit Sarnath
Sarnath experiences extreme weather conditions. Summers are very hot in Sarnath
and winters are quite chilled. Summer season in Sarnath starts in month of April and
continues till July. Temperature reaches up to 45° C during day. Monsoon season in
Sarnath witnesses heavy rainfall. Winter Season observes huge fall in temperature
ranging between 15° C and 5° C. Sarnath vacation can be enjoyed from November to
Things to Buy in Sarnath
Shopping in Sarnath offers some exclusive things to the visitors. They can buy metal
and Asta-Dhatu busts of Lord Buddha and other deities. These idols are available in
different colors, metals, size and structure. Other items for example Buddhist prayer
wheels, beads, rosary, rugs and flags can be also purchased in Sarnath.
How to Reach Sarnath
Sarnath is connected with rest of India through different means of transportation.
Explore information about how to reach Sarnath before booking Sarnath holiday
The nearest airport to Sarnath is Varanasi Airport that connects it with major Indian
cities and tourist destinations through air service. Regular domestic flights to various
cities of India are available.
Sarnath has its own railway station connected with Varanasi and Gorakhpur. Varanasi
cantt station is also 10 km away from Sarnath. Trains from cities like Delhi, Kolkata,
Mumbai and others are available for here.
The nearest mega bus station is Varanasi that offers good number of public and private
buses. UPSRTC runs a fleet of well-maintained buses from Varanasi.