10 km. from Varanasi is the site where Lord
Buddha preached his first sermon "Maha- Dharma-Chakra
Pravartan" (in Buddhist terminology, turned the wheel of the law) after
his enlightenment. Sarnath is one of the richest in Buddhist antiquities ranging in date
from the times of Ashoka downto the 12th century A.D Ashoka built here the
Dharmarajika Stupa and near it erected a pillar surmounted by the magnificent capital of
four adorsed Lions, which today forms the national emblem of India.
Among other structures at Sarnath are the ruins of
the brick temple representing the Mula-
ruins of stupas and monasteries. Among the more imposing ones is the Dhamekh Stupa,
adorned with delicate floral carvings in the lower part, the Chaukhandi Stupa and
Mahabodhi Societys Mulgandha Kuti Vihar Temple. Sarnath has also yielded an
extremely rich collection of Buddhist sculptures comprising of numerous Buddha and
Bodhisatva images which can be seen at Archaeological Museum, Sarnath.
14 km. from Varanasi .The
houses a museum displaying the Royal collection which includes vintage Cars, Royal
Palkies, an armoury of swords and old guns, ivory work and
antique clocks. The
, Durga Temple and Chhinnamastika Temple are also Located at Ramnagar.
80 km. One of the
Vindhyavasini Devi Temple, Ashtabhuja and Kalikhoh are the major attraction .
The Chunar fort is situated 40 km. from
Varanasi. Saint Bhartrihari took live Samadhi inside the fort. The historical fort at
Chunar is ascribed to one of the greatest warrior rulers,
Mandap, Sun clock and a huge well are some of the attractions inside the fort. The fort
offers a splendid view of the river Ganga. There is a PWD Rest House for overnight stay.
185 km. from Varanasi. This
ancient city is
ascribed to the Pandav brother of Mahabharat. The ruin of an old gigantic fort are
testimony to the citys antiquity. Lord Buddha visited Kaushambi in the 6th
and 9th year after his enlightenment, giving several sermons and discourses and
elevating it to a great centre of Buddhism.
70 km, Varanasi are the forests of Chandrapha. These forests
nestle within them the Rajdari and Devdari waterfalls. A beautiful secluded place for a
relaxed outing or a picnic.
130 km. from Varanasi. Spread over an area of
500 sq. km., the Sanctuary has a veriety of wildlife. The Mukha waterfall is a tourist
Jaunpur has the pride of being the capital of the
independent Sharqi State, the rulers of which were great patrons of art and architecture.
The city still boasts of its rich cultural past. Important monuments worth visiting are
the Atala mosque built in 1408, Jama Masjid, the Lal Darwaza Masjid, Khalis Mukhlis Ki
Masjid, the Shahi Bridge and the tombs of Sharqui Sultans. The ancient temple of Shitla
Chowkiya Dham, Trilochan Mahadev temple and the Yamadagni Ashram are also much revered
places for Hindu pilgrims.
OTHER TOURIST PLACES
Chandra Prabha (65
Rajdari-Devdari (70 K.M.)
Lakhaniya Dari (50 K.M.)
Dam (45 K.M.)
Chunar Fort (42 K.M.)
Sidhaya Nath Dari (60 K.M.)
Vindham Fall (80 K.M.)
Ashtabhuji, Kalikhoh (65 K.M.)
Markandaey Mahadeva Ji, Kaithi (28 K.M.)
Latifshah Dargah (45 K.M.)
Dargah Kasim Suleman (42 K.M.)
Kanti Sharif (65