SARNATH

GENERAL INFORMATION
ACCESSIBILITY
PLACES OF INTEREST
SARNATH MUSEUM
ACCOMMODATION AT SARNATH
RESTAURANTS
BANK
POST & TELEGRAPH
HOSPITALS
TOURIST INFORMATION OFFICES

GENERAL INFORMATION

Buddhists wordwide look upon India as the land of the Buddha and a visit to this country means a pilgrimage to those places sacred to the memory of the Enlightened One. After the Bouddha attanined enlightenment in Bodh Gaya he came to sarnath. Here in the Deer Park, he delivered his first sermon, or in religious language, set in motion the wheel of Law (maha- Dharmachakra Pravartan). On the day before his death Buddha included Sarnath along with Lumbini, Bodh Gaya and Kushinagar as the four places he thought to be sacred to his followers. The Emperor Ashoka, who spread the Buddha’s message of love and compassion throughout his vast empire, visited Sarnath around 234BC,and erected a stupa here. 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 places on the Buddhist trail. Sarnath is 10 km from the holy city of Varanasi, and is an exceedingly tranqiuil place. The ruins, the museum and temple are all within walking distance.
Area 2.80 sq. km.
Altitude 80.71 mtrs. Above sea level.
Season october- March
Clothing (Summer), (Winter) Cottons, Woolen
Language Hindia, English
Festivals Buddha Purnima (Full Moon, April –May), Anniversary of First Sermon (Full Moon, July-August)
Local Transport Buses / Cycle –rickshaws / –rickshaws / Taxis

ACCESSIBILITY

AIR The nearest airport is Babatpur : 30 km. RAIL Sarnath is directly connected by Varanasi- Gorakhpur Exp 0549 / 0550 and Varanasi – Bhatni- Varanasi Exp 0551/ 0552. See Varanasi also. ROAD Sarnath 10 km from Varanasi, is well connected by road.

PLACES OF INTEREST

Dhamekh Stup Of SarnathCHAUKHANDI STUPA Chaukhandi is the first monument one encounters as one enters Sanath. It is a lofty mound of brick –work whose square endifice is surrounded by a octagonal tower. Originally said to built by Emperor Ashoka. DHAMEK STUPA The most remarkable structure at Sarnath, is the cylindrical Dhamek Stupa, 28 mts in diameter at the base and 43.6 mts in height, built partly of stone and partly of brick. The stone facing the lower part is adorned with delicate floral carvings of Gupta origin.

MULAGANDHA KUTI VIHAR This mordern temple has been erected by the Mahabodhi Society. It has excellent frescoes by Kosetsu Nosu japan’s foremost painter and is a rich repository of Buddhist literature. The ancient Mulagandha Kuti temple is among the brick ruins of Sarnath.

SARNATH MUSEUM

Sarnath yielded a rich collection of sculptures comprising numerous Buddha and Bodhisattva images. Considerde amongst the finest specimens of Buddhist art, these have been housed at the museum, adjiacent to the site. The museum is open from 10 am to 5 pm, and closed on Fridays. Apart from the above the other objects of lnterest at Sarnath are the Dharmrajika Stup, magnificent Lion capital, India’s National Emblem at Sarnath museum, the Saddharmachakra Vihar’s at excavated ruins.

ACCOMMODATION

Forest Rest House, Sarnath. Mahabodhi Dharamshala, Sarnath. Jain Dharamshala, Sarnath. UP TOURISM ACCOMMODATION Tourist Bungalow, UPSTDC, Sarnath.

RESTAURANTS

Anand Restaurant, Sarnath. Rangoli Garden, Sarnath. Mrigdav Restaurant, Sarnath

BANK

State Bank of India, Ashapur, Sarnath Canara Bank Central Bank, Ashapur

POST & TELEGRAPH

Post Office, Sarnath

HOSPITALS

Govt. Hospitals, Sarnath Dr. Baijnath Hospital, Sarnath

TOURIST INFORMATION OFFICES

UP Governments Tourist Bureau, Sarnath