Excursion to Sarnath - On the Buddhist Trail
This is an excursion to Sarnath, where the Buddha preached his first sermon and set the Dhammachakka – the wheel of law in motion. Several Buddhist structures were raised at Sarnath between the 3rd century BC and the 11th century AD, and today it presents the most expansive ruins amongst all the places on the Indian Buddhist trail. The Museum at Sarnath contains important findings from the excavations in this area. In modern times, several temples have been built in Sarnath and are also worth visiting.
Sarnath is about 30 minutes drive from Varanasi. We will pick you up from your hotel by car for this excursion, and drop you back at the end. The tour covers the following highlights of Sarnath:
Total duration: 4-6 hours depending on your interests. If you are interested in Buddhism and wish to spend the whole day at Sarnath, it is possible to do so. You can spend more time in some of these places, and also visit additional places, such as the temples built by various Buddhist communities around the world (including Thailand, Japan, Tibet, and Myanmar)
When: All days of the week, except Fridays (the Museum is closed on Fridays). Starting at 9 am from your hotel.
Start Place: Your hotel
End Place: Your hotel
Rs 2900 per person for 2 persons
Rs 2200 per person for 3-4 persons
Rs 1800 per person for 5-6 persons
Rs 1500 per person for 7-8 persons
The price includes air-conditioned transport, a knowledgeable English-speaking guide, illustrated handouts, personalised tour, and all taxes. Entrances to the sites are to be paid directly.
There is a fair amount of walking so please wear sensible footwear. It is usually more practical to have lunch near Sarnath before returning to Varanasi, ask the guide for recommendations.