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The city dwells from the time of Buddha reign and is a significant city of Buddhist pilgrimage. The ace city of Sarnath is a gem located 10 kms away from Varanasi. According to history book, Sarnath city originated or revived some 2500 years ago when Budhha came here to deliver his first sermon after attaining 'Niravana', enlightenment.

It was this place where Lord Buddha came across five discplines who later became a part of his later didactics. His disciplines who followed him were astound to see the visage which mesmerically convinced the people and to opt buddhism as their religion. It is now known as the Dharamachakra Pravartan. It then sey in motion of great Buddhist tradition of the Sangha which generalized the Buddhist teachings across the globe.

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Dhemak Stupa
It is often refferd to as the ' Seat of Holy Buddha'. It is about 34 mtrs in height including the foundations. The Dhemak stupa can be measured upto 42 mtrs. This is the place where Buddhism was first voiced and thereby is an imporatant Buddhist tourist destination.

The Chaukhandi Stupa
This is one of its kind as it was originally a terraced temple created in Gupta period. Later on Govardhan, son of Raja Todarmal, altered its functionality.

Dharmarajika stupa
Constructed in 3 rd centuary BC is said to contain Buddha relics on green marble casket.The stupa was created by Emperor Ashoka.

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Varanasi
The distance between the two cities is 10 kms. This is belived to be the oldest living city of Uttar pradesh. Also known as Kashi, Varanasi is popularly know as the city of Spiritual Light.

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Getting there
By Air : The nearest airport that you would find would be Babatpur ( Varanasi) airport. Varanasi as such is connected by all the famous cities of Kathmandu, Delhi, Agra and Mumbai By Rail: It connects to all the major important cities.
By Road : The city is well connected by National Highway 29.
Best Time to Visit : October to March

Buddhist Destination in India : Nalanda, Bodhgaya.

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