Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour Of Sarnath From Varanasi

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  • 4 Hrs Duration
  • English
  • Private Group
  • Hotel Pick Up
  • Explore Sarnath, an important Buddhist pilgrimage destination, where Buddha made his first sermon
  • Visit temples, stupas and monuments, famous tourist attractions in the area, and pilgrimage spots
  • Listen to heartwarming stories of the famous temples that will help you understand Sarnath and local life
  • Meditate in the park after experiencing all the knowledge you've acquired during your pilgrimage
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What To Expect

Experience a spiritual pilgrimage with this Buddhist pilgrimage to Sarnath, the site where Buddha held his first sermon, with a visit to many other temples in the area. You'll be picked up from your hotel in Varanasi before the journey to Sarang Nath Temple. Dedicated to the Lord Shiva, this temple was believed to have been in the middle of a forest of deers. Hear about the incredible legend on how this temple was named, and how it has thus evolved. Your next visit is to a Japanese temple, which is also in Sarnath. Within the temple is a wooden reclining Buddha, carved out of sandalwood, with more statues within the temple itself. In keeping with this exploration of Buddhist culture's diversity, the next stops are at a Chinese temple, Burmese temple, and a Thai temple. All of these different nationalities have temples in this sacred area, but all are dedicated to Buddhism, giving you a great inside look into how each aspect is similar yet different from one another. You then head to Mulagandha Kuti Vihar. As it is relatively new, this temple's architecture stands in contrast to the style of the other temples in the area. It sits amidst the brick ruins of Ancient Sarnath, and is distinctly from a more modern, yet still traditional era. You get to visit two stupas, the Dhamek Stupa, and the Chaukhandi Stupa. These mound-like structures hold relics and remains of Buddhist monks and nuns, and it is said that after Buddha's own parinirvana, his remains are cremated with the ashes divided under eight stupas. This is followed by a trip to the Sarnath Archaeological Museum where a veritable treasure trove of Buddhist relics and priceless artifacts are held. This wealth had been recovered from the first sermon at the forest of deer. You can spend some time in the Buddha Park afterwards, meditating and considering everything you've just learned in your journey, before you are taken back to your hotel in Varanasi.

Truly learn about the Buddhist religion in this sacred ground where Buddha held his first sermon
Sarnath Tibetan temple
See Buddhist temples from Japan, Thailand, China, and Tibet
Mulagandha Kuti Vihar
See the strikingly different architecture of Mulagandha Kuti Vihar
Art and Archaeological Museum
Visit the Archaeological Museum at Sarnath and see a wealth of priceless Buddhist artifacts
Activity Information


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  • 8:00am/3:00pm pick up from hotel in Varanasi
  • Head to Sarang Nath Temple, a very famous Hindu temple devoted to Lord Shiva
  • Visit the Japenese temple that features a reclining Buddha carved from sandalwood inside the main shrine
  • Visit the Chinese temple, Thai temple, Burmese temple
  • Mulagandha Kuti Vihar
  • Check out the Dhamekh Stupa, Chaukhandi Stupa
  • Drive to Sarnath Archeological Museum, which exhibits the Buddhist Cultural wealth, recovered from the site of Lord Buddha's first sermon at deer park
  • Spend some time at the Buddha park
  • 12:00pm/7:00pm drop off at hotel in Varanasi
Additional Information

Additional Information:

  • Shoes have to be removed outside temples. However socks may be worn
  • Guests are requested to dress modestly for the tour. Please avoid wearing sleeveless tops and knee length pants
  • Children aged 0-5 can participate in the tour free of cost provided they do not require an extra seat. Children above 5 years old will need to purchase a regular adult ticket
  • The operator will get in touch with you to reconfirm pick up time and location
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Hotel Pick Up:

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  • Please arrive at the hotel lobby 10 minutes prior to pick up time
  • Please be patient in case of slight delay in pick up in case of heavy traffic
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