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“Not spectacular but okay” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Sarnath

Sarnath
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Private Tour: Full-Day Varanasi Tour including Sarnath and Evening Ganga Arti
Ranked #4 of 98 things to do in Varanasi
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Owner description: The Dhamekha stupa and other imposing structures adorn this holy site where Buddha first preached his message.
Buckingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Not spectacular but okay”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2012

A nice simple temple that was worth the trip to see. Pesky kids asking for money to 'protect your shoes' as you walk around bare foot! The site was clean and the gardens in good condition. The zoo was closed but we didnt want to see it anyway.

Visited April 2012
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“Ancient Remains”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2012

If you like ancient ruins, then this is the place to go, go early in the day, before the coaches, very atmospheric, monks chanting and lots of flaura and fauna, flowers, chipmonks, birds and buttlerflies. The Olympus of Varanase.

Visited April 2012
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“Worth a visit after the Ganga”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2012

Sarnath is an interesting archelogical site. It is the place where Buddha preached his first sermon after attaining enlightenment and becomming a buddha.

Ashoka, a great emperor, built stupas and monasteries on this site which are now in ruins. Artefacts from these buildings are in a museum on the site and are worth a visit.

At Sarnath there is the famous Ashoka pillar of polished sandstone whole lion capital has been adoped by the Rupublic of India as its State emblem.

Visited March 2012
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“clean and calm”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2012

A nice haven of peacefulness with greenery. Despite busloads of tourists Sarnath was very pleasant and peaceful. Unlike many of the temples Sarnath had a spiritual feel.

Visited March 2012
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“Quite a revelation when you see this”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2012

I had always assumed that Buddhism started further East than India having been to many Buddhist temples in the Far East. So, to arrive at the place where Buddha gave his first ever sermon was quite a revelation. To think that here, in one city, we get to see the place where every Hindhu wishes to die and be cremated as their most holy place then see where another great religion commenced is quite extraordinary and interesting.
The museum, grounds and monuments are very worth a visit.

Visited April 2012
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