Sarnath Temple is located at a distance
of 8 km from Varanasi in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
Sarnath is the place where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon
to his five disciples, preaching the middle path for attaining 'Nirvana'.
Realizing the sanctity of the site, emperor Ashoka, in the 3rd century
B.C. built some of the finest monuments and legacies, a rare site
that mesmerizes one and all. The 34-metre-high 'Dhamek' stupa stands
as a remarkable structure, which contains the remains of Lord Buddha.
The area is now graceful and pleasant, breathing the spirit of the
enlightened one, glowing with the devotion of the many followers
who inhabited it through the centuries that followed.
At the historical and holy city of Sarnath one can see Stupas
like Choukhandi Stupa, etc and Museums like Mulgandha Kuti Vihara
and Archaeological Museum.
One can shop some souvenirs from Sarnath, like miniatures of
stupas and temples. Varanasi is the nearest shopping destination,
from where you can buy famous Banarasi Sarees, jewelery, copper
ware, brass ware and wooden and clay toys.
Most Ideal Time to Visit Sarnath
Sarnath is located near the Tropic of Cancer, therefore it enjoys
a comfortable winter but a hot summer. Summers in Sarnath are not
very comfortable. Summer days are extremely dry and daytime temperatures
often shoots up to 45°C. During winter, the mercury can dip
to as low as 10°C at night and the daytime temperature remains
around 20°C. The monsoon season brings torrential rains and
high humidity. Fortunately, the temperatures normally remain under
37°C, although uncomfortably humid. The most ideal time of the
year to visit this town of Uttar Pradesh is in between the months
of October and March.
By Air : Varanasi (Babatpur) Airport is the nearest airport,
which is almost 30 km away from Sarnath. Commercial flights connect
Varanasi to Kathmandu, Delhi, Calcutta, Bhubaneshwar, Patna, Agra
and Mumbai. To reach Sarnath one should take a bus or taxi from
By Rail : Varanasi is the nearest railhead from Sarnath.
Varanasi is connected by direct trains to all the major cities of
India. Hire a taxi or board a bus to Sarnath from the Varanasi railway
By Road : Sarnath is located on the National Highway No.
29 that also connects Varanasi and Gorakhpur. Besides, one can easily
approach Sarnath from any part of Uttar Pradesh via road. The local
transportation and the intercity services helps you to reach Sarnath
through roadways easily.
Private Vehicles : You can contact us for this, as we are
well established with an extensive number of cars and coaches (ranging
from luxury to budget and between) for the tourists from all over.
Anchoring in Sarnath
Sarnath is known for the divine presence. It is an important Buddhist
pilgrimage along with Bodhgaya, Lumbini, Kushinagar, Sanchi, Sarvasti
and Vaishali. It has some awesome stupas which are one of their
kind and some wonderful museums with an exclusive collection. Sarnath
is an important Buddhist pilgrimage, therefore to reach Sarnath,
one has to reach Varanasi first which can be reached by air, rail
and road easily. As you reach Varanasi you will have to take a bus,
taxi or a private vehicle for Sarnath.
If in case you encounter problems, we'll take care of them. We have
a number of cars and coaches that provide personalized services.
So now, all you need to do is to enjoy the tour, comfortably.
There are some good accommodation options available in Sarnath.
However one can also make a stay in Varanasi. Like-Forest Rest House,
Sarnath. Mahabodhi Dharamshala, Sarnath. Jain Dharamshala, Sarnath.