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What :

Sarnath is one of the most sacred places on the planet for Buddhists. The Buddha is said to have given his first sermon at a deer park here after attaining enlightenment under a Bodhi tree in Bodh Gaya.

The first Buddhist monastery is believed to have been formed here, and under the patronage of the Buddhist King Ashoka many temples were built. The Dhamekh Stupa was built to commemorate Asoka’s first pilgrimage to one of the four most important Buddhist sites in the world. The stupa is supposed to mark the exact spot of The Buddha’s first sermon.

The Sarnath Archeological Museum houses an impressive collection of artifacts from throughout the area’s history including the 4 lion sculpture capstone of the Ashoka Pillar, which is used as the national emblem of India.

When :

The best weather in the region is from October through March. April to June the weather is hot, and July through September rains cool the region considerably.

Where :

Sarnath is about a 10 mile drive from Varanasi in the Northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

Who :

Sarnath is one of the four most important Buddhist pilgrimage points in the world. The chance to experience the birthplace of one of the world’s oldest religions is one of the most memorable excursions on our luxury India tours.

Appropriate Attire :

Dress for warm weather with cool clothing, but keep in mind that many of the religious sites require the removal of shoes upon entrance. While visiting temples or other holy areas, dress conservatively by covering your shoulders and knees.

Guest Reviews :

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  Robin and Clifford Topol
April 2014
We are back and recovered from jet lag and finally able to reflect on what was a truly great trip and wonderful experience. The trip was well thought out and provided multiple highlights. Arpita did a great job and called several times to check our progress.  Raju, our driver from Delhi thru Jaipur, is a warm and good person. The hotels were exceptional and the service was at a very high level. Thank you for letting the hotels know that it was Robin’s birthday. It made the trip very special for her. Thank you again and please make sure that all involved, in making our trip a success, understand that we are thankful and will be referring Easy Tours to our friends
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  Susan and Gerard Totorelli
February 2014
Excellent rating for Tour Design, Tour Directors, Guides, Hotels, Ground Transportation, Transfers.
We had a wonderful time. Your company made it very 'Easy' to navigate the hustle and bustle of India. Our Tour Director in India, Abid Ali, was superb. He was knowledgeable about all aspects of Indian life (culture, art, history, religion, traditions, etc. He was very open when we asked him personal questions about his family and their traditions and beliefs. Our guide in Nepal, Vejay, was also wonderful. He adjusted our tour slightly, to accommodate our needs. His knowledge of the history, religion and traditions of the country was excellent. He had answers to all of our questions. I cannot say enough in this small area to adequately compliment your operation for running an absolutely first class trip. India would have been impossible to tour on our own. From the ceremonies at the Ganges, to the glamor of the palaces, to the splendor of the Taj Mahal, we were exposed to the many faces of India. The sensory overload of the traffic, congestion, horns, garbage, food was so overwhelming in the beginning. But it became just the way of life after a while. As the traffic is so wild in India, our lives were in the hands of your drivers who were very competent. We were grateful for their expertise. Our trip was a wonderful experience. I have been telling people that it was not a vacation but an education. You are never too old to learn! I now want to read up more on the history and religions of India. Thank you Easy Tours for making it 'easy'!
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