Sarnath Overview
Popular by names like Isipatana and Mrigadava, Sarnath is a distinguished pilgrimage site for Buddhists all over the world. Believed to be the first place Gautum Buddha went after gaining enlightenment to preach his teachings on Dharma, is this small, quiet, peaceful town. With many stupas built amidst lush green gardens, this city is famous for being the site of India's national emblem, the Ashoka pillar.

The charming Buddhist structures, some intact while others in ruins, makes it perfect for peaceful strolls and scenic photography. From Dhamek Stupa, Dharmarajika Stupa, Chaukhandi Stupa, Sarnath has an endless list of stupas built during the reign of Emperor Ashoka. Besides these ruins, you can also explore the religious side of this city at Thai Temple, Tibetan Temple, and Digambar Jain Mandir.

Distance from Varanasi: 9.4 km

Best Time to Visit: October to March
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