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*'''Dhamekh Stupa''' Constructed by king Ashoka in 249 BCE to commemorate his pilgrimage to the Deer Park. It is believed that the stupa marks the exact spot where the Buddha first taught the Four Noble Truths to the  five ascetics. This was his first teaching after attaining enlightenment.
 
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Varied accomdation at Sarnath are the various monasteries like the Mahabodi dharmshala, Thai and Burmese for spartan costs and facilities.
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===Budget===
The Golden Buddha hotel is the closest place to stay that is a fully functional hotel with good ayurvedic massage, a Meditteranean restaurant and a quite lawn and outdoor hottub. they also have several types of rooms of different budgets. They have a website by the same name.
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*'''Mahabodi Dharmshala Temple''', '''Thai Temple''' and the '''Burmese Temple'''. Cheap but Spartan
 
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===Mid range===
The govt tourist banglow is like all drab tourist banglows with good location. This is listed under the UPSTC website.
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*'''The Golden Buddha Hotel'''. A reasonably good quality hotel offering such facilities as ayurvedic massage, a restaurant serving Mediterranean dishes, a peaceful lawn, and outdoor hot tub.  
 
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*'''The UPSTC Tourist Bungalow'''. A drab and uninspiring facility, but in a very convenient location.
Staying in Sarnath and visiting Varanasi ghats in the day is the best idea. Its very peaceful and pollution free than the city.
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In the vicinity of [[Sacred sites of the Indian sub-continent#Buddhist|sacred sites]]:   
 
*Wear clothing that expresses respect for the sacred nature of the site.  
 
*Wear clothing that expresses respect for the sacred nature of the site.  
 
*Circumambulate the stupa and other sacred objects in a clock-wise direction.  
 
*Circumambulate the stupa and other sacred objects in a clock-wise direction.  
 
*Preserve the peace and tranquillity.  
 
*Preserve the peace and tranquillity.  
 
*Do not climb onto statues or other sacred objects.
 
*Do not climb onto statues or other sacred objects.

Revision as of 05:44, 25 July 2007

Dhamekh Stupa, Sarnath

Sarnath is in Uttar Pradesh, about 13kms north-east of Varanasi.

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Understand

The deer park where Gautama Buddha first taught the Dharma is in Sarnath, and so the town is a major pilgrimage site. Within the deer park complex is a large stupa (Dhamekha Stupa) constructed by the Emperor Ashoka (2nd century B.C) and several other Buddhist structures that were added between the 3rd century BC and the 11th century AD.

Get in

Fly to Babatpur airport (24kms) from Delhi, Calcutta, Lucknow or Mumbai

Get a train to Varanasi Cantt. (6kms) stn as all major trains from the country pour in from here. Sarnath has a small train stn but it seems usless..

Buses reach to Bus stand near the railway stn cantt.

If you are in Varanasi city, you can take a taxi, auto rickshaw or bus. (higher cost in decending order) to Sarnath. Don't take a cyclerickshaw, its too long and polluted way.

See

  • Dhamekh Stupa Constructed by king Ashoka in 249 BCE to commemorate his pilgrimage to the Deer Park. It is believed that the stupa marks the exact spot where the Buddha first taught the Four Noble Truths to the five ascetics. This was his first teaching after attaining enlightenment.

Sleep

Budget

  • Mahabodi Dharmshala Temple, Thai Temple and the Burmese Temple. Cheap but Spartan

Mid range

  • The Golden Buddha Hotel. A reasonably good quality hotel offering such facilities as ayurvedic massage, a restaurant serving Mediterranean dishes, a peaceful lawn, and outdoor hot tub.
  • The UPSTC Tourist Bungalow. A drab and uninspiring facility, but in a very convenient location.

Eat

Respect

In the vicinity of sacred sites:

  • Wear clothing that expresses respect for the sacred nature of the site.
  • Circumambulate the stupa and other sacred objects in a clock-wise direction.
  • Preserve the peace and tranquillity.
  • Do not climb onto statues or other sacred objects.

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