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[[Image:Sarnath1.jpg|thumb|350px|Dhamekh Stupa, Sarnath]]
'''Sarnath''' is a small village in [[Uttar Pradesh]], [[India]], about 13kms 13 km north-east of [[Varanasi]]. It's famous as the site of the deer park where Gautama Buddha first taught the ''Dharma'' and also where the original ''Sangha'' was formed. Consequently, it is one of the 4 main [[Sacred sites of the Indian sub-continent#Buddhist|Buddhist pilgrimage destinations]].
Within the deer park complex is the large Dhamekha Stupa, constructed by the Emperor Ashoka in 249 BCE, and several other Buddhist structures that were added between the 3rd century BCE and the 11th century CE.
===By plane===
'''Varanasi Airport ''' ({{IATA|VNS}}) is 24kms 24 km from Sarnath and is the nearest airport.
===By train===
The nearest major station is Varanasi Cantt. (6kms6 km), which is connected to most major cities in the country. Sarnath does have a small train station, but very few trains stop here.
===By bus===
===By taxi/rickshaw===
The town is easily reached by taxi or auto rickshaw from Varanasi. If you're non-Indian and arriving in Varanasi by train, a taxi driver will probably descend on you before you leave your train platform. Make no commitment there! You could also do can negotiate a better rate with an autorickshaw driver, outside the station. If you have tons of luggage though, go with the taxi -- it leisurely won't fit in a cycle the rickshaw. The route, though once somewhat rural, which will take about an houris now noisy, busy, and almost completely built up till you're on the road just outside Sarnath.
* <see name="Ashoka Pillar" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">Only the base remains.</see>
* <see name="Sarnath Archeological Museum" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" emailurl="" hours="" price="" faxlat="" urllong="" hoursemail="" pricefax="">A small, but impressive collection of artifacts excavated from the site. The sculptures are particularly of interest, including the Lion Capital of Ashoka- the national emblem of India.Remains closed on fridays.</see> * <see name="Sri Digamber Jain Temple" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">A Temple near Dhamekh Stupa. Accessible by main road that runs along Dhamekh Stupa. Learn about Digambara monasticism, a branch of Jain Dharma.</see> Thai Temple, Japanese Temple, Chinese Temple, Burma Mandir, Indonesia Temple are other attractions
* <eat name="Highway Inn Restaurant" alt="" address="Ashapur crossing" directions="about 1km from the center" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Recommended for tasty masala lovers and eaters.</eat>*<eat name="Holiday Inn" alt="" address="Main road" directions="opposite Mahabodhi Temple entrance" phone="" url="" hours="11.00-18.00" price="" lat="" long="">Recommended One of 2-3 restaurants in Sarnath. Good food and reasonable prices. Opening hours limited and closed for tasty masala dosas and lassisholidays, weddings, funerals etc.</eat> 
* <sleep name="UPSTDC Rahi Tourist Bungalow" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="+91 (0542) 2595969" fax="+91 (0542) 259-5379" checkin="" checkout="" price="" url="">A government run establishment - drab and uninspiring, but conveniently located.</sleep>
* <see name="Raj Shanti Guest House" alt="" address="Near Tibeti University" directions="" phone="+91 9454894409,+91 9616379586" email="[email protected]" url="" hours="" price="">Cheap and spartan, but with great family hospitality. Rs 500 per night, possibility of eating breakfast and lunch with the family (and Buddhist guests passing by).</see>
===Mid range===
*Do not climb onto statues or other sacred objects.
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