Located 13 km North-East of Varanasi, Sarnath is a religious city positioned close to the confluence of the Ganges and Gomati rivers in Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. This is a significant destination related to the like of Gautam Buddha. In Sarnath, Gautama Buddha firstly gave his sermon. The city has an important place in Buddhist way of life. People book Sarnath holiday packages to discover beautiful aspects of Buddhism. Along with this, Sarnath tour comes with various sightseeing attractions. It is also a sacred place for Jain due to being the birthplace of Shreyamshanath, the 11th Trithankara.
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It is one of the most admired Buddhist Shrines in the world. Dhamek Stupa is the place where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon after receiving enlightenment in Bodh Gaya. This stupa is cylindrical in shape and has a base of more than 28 meters in diameter. Its architectural pattern is district and appealing.
It is the first monument you will encounter as you enter Sarnath. It is actually a huge mound of brickwork. It is said that Emperor Ashoka originally built this Stupa. Positioned on a terraced rectangular plinth, the Stupa is capped by an octagonal Mogul tower.
Emperor Ashoka built this pillar. Its erection and commission date is engraved on the pillar. It is stood over 17 meters in height. On the top of the pillar, there are four lions back to back that has been adopted as the official emblem of modern India and can be seen in the museum at Sarnath.
The Archaeological Museum of Sarnath is one of its kinds in entire South-Asia. It displays a large collection of sculptures standing as testimony to the avid, artistic and religious activity of the place from thousand years.