At Sarnath Lord Buddha preached his first sermon. Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, was born in Lumbani (in Nepal) and achieved enlightenment in Bodhgaya. After spending seven weeks at Bodhgaya following his enlightenment, the Buddha was undecided about spreading the teaching of the Dharma to others because he realized it was profoundly difficult to discover enlightenment within oneself - and that others may not understand him. Brahma Sahampati, a disciple who became aware of the Buddha’s thoughts, pleaded with him to teach the Dharma otherwise he thought the world would be absolutely lost. The Blessed One listened to Brahma Sahampati’s pleas and out of compassion, changed his mind and decided to go to Varanasi in order to share his preachings to the five ascetics: Kondanna, Vappa, Bhaddiya, Mahanama and Assaji who had been his disciples for six years. Two hundred years later in the 3rd century BCE (before the Christian era), Emperor Ashoka constructed a number of stupas, monasteries and viharas at Sarnath which became the cradle of Buddhism. There are many sites to visit, namely the monastery, the ruins of the main shrine, the Ashoka Line-Pillar, the Mulagandha Kutivihara temple (ancient & new), the Dhamek and Dharmrajika Stupas and Jain and many other temples in the surrounding area. The archaeological & excavation sites and museums are the most important spots worth visiting.
The Sarnath tour can be taken between 08:00-18:00. If you have any special requirements, please let us know. We will do our best to assist you!
Cost of sarnath tour for 1 - 3 person @ INR 2200/-(extra person @ INR 500/-). Duration of tour: 4 Hrs.
The tour includes transport in a clean & comfortable vehicle and a knowledgeable & experienced guide who will meet you at your hotel or guesthouse and accompany you to visit the sites concerned, viz.: the Sarnath archaeological excavation sites, the museum, the Jain Temple, Mulagandha Kutivihara, the Boddhi Tree, the deer park, Thai Temples, the Japanese Temple and the Tibetan Buddhist Vihara. Cold mineral water is supplied in the car and the toll tax & parking fees are also included.
Please Note: Do not carry important & valuable things on tour. Photographs are not allowed inside the museum (the archaeological museum is closed every Friday and temples are closed every day from 11:15 a.m. to 13:30 p.m.) The archaeological excavation area and museum entrance fees at Rs.105/- each are not included in this tour.
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