Chaukhandi Stupa Overview
Declared as a monument of national importance, this Buddhist structure is called Chaukhandi Stupa because of its square foundation. Archaeologists treasure this site and have excavated artifacts dating back to the reign of Gupta rulers. In fact, the origin of this monument dates back to the early 5th century when it was believed to be a temple. However, it was later renovated by the son of King Todarmal, who added an octagonal tower on the stupa.

Built out of red bricks atop an earthen mound, this landmark is an eminent heritage site. Legends say that after attaining enlightenment, Lord Buddha travelled to Sarnath and reunited with his companions at this very place. The ruin-like appearance of this monument, in the setting of shaven grass, makes it perfect for photography.

Distance from Varanasi: 9.7 km

Best Time to Visit: October to March
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