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Sarnath Audio Guided Tour – The Land of Buddha's First Sermon, Varanasi

As you take the tour through HopOn India app you will walk on the very soil that the Buddha had walked. Sarnath is the place where the Buddha gave his first sermon. We will tell you the story of how Buddha spread his teachings and the full perspective of monuments and structure at Sarnath.

The most special features of this experience are : 1. This is an end to end do it yourself App opens up new places and new stories for you in the same old cities 2. Each walk is crafted like a masterpiece to offer an immersive experience to the traveller with the correct mix of history, culture, myth, food. 3. There is no need for you to depend on a guide - the traveller can take the walk anytime as per will, at his/ her own pace 4. The content is developed by domain experts and curated with utmost care, leaving no room for dependence on the guide's knowhow 5.You pay once for three months and need not pay the guide repeatedly.

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  • What's included :
    • Audio Guided Walking Tour Through HopOn India App
    • The tour can be accessed multiple times up to a certain validity period
    What's excluded :
    • Headphones/Earphones (We request please carry your Headphones/Earphones)
    • Hand Sanitizer (We suggest please carry Hand sanitizer)
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Chinese Temple, Sarnath, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221007, India

    This temple was built in the year 1939. It is a

    huge temple, built across acres of land. It is

    said that the stone used to make the statues of

    this temple were brought from China and

    Myanmar. This style of making statues is called

    brusni style, and Chinese artisans are experts in

    the art of carving. You can see

    the idol of Lord Buddha right in front of you.

    Along with the idol, you will also see pictures

    of the five main Chinese religious saints Mozi,

    Mencius, Lolaozi, Confucius and Zhuang Zhou.

    Here is a golden opportunity for you to sit

    before lord Buddha and reflect or meditate.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Mulagandha Kuti Vihara, Sarnath, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221007, India

    During his visit to India, when Hiuen Tsang

    came to Sarnath, this temple was not there.

    The MulagandhaKutiVihara of that time was

    located at a little distancefrom this temple.

    Hiuen Tsang has provideda detailed

    description of that Vihara. He has written that

    its height was about 61 meters. On the basis of

    the remains of the temple and the style of

    brick-making and decorations, archaeologists

    believe that the vihara of that time was built in

    the Gupta period.

    With the passage of time that temple turned

    into ruins. The temple which you see today was

    built by AngarikaDharmapala, who came from

    Srilanka and founded Maha Bodhi Society in

    India. In the modern history of Sarnath, he has

    a special place.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Sarnath Deer Park, Varanasi India

    MrigaVihara or deer park is a kind of mini zoo now, with

    lots of deer,and some other animals and birds

    as well. If you have children with you, then you

    must visit this zoo. But even otherwise, if you

    have an interest in birds and animals and like

    to spend some time in the lap of nature, don’t

    hesitate--go and visit the zoo.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Dhamekh Stupa, Dharmapala Rd, Singhpur, Sarnath, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221007, India

    This stupa

    was initially built here by Emperor Ashoka in

    249 BC, who also build many other

    monuments here.

    Emperor Ashoka was one of the great kings of

    Indian history and the third king of the famous

    Mauryan dynasty. He was the son of king

    Bindusara and queen JanpadaKalyani. It is

    believed that he was born sometime around

    297 BC.

    Ashoka was a chakravartin king, whose empire

    expanded to almost all of present-dayIndia

    and Pakistan and also stretched up to

    Hindukush and the border of Iran in the north-

    west. To expand his empire, he fought

    numerous battles and shed a lot of blood.

    Then the dreadful battle of Kalinga happened.

    Ashoka was shaken by the sight of such gore.

    His distressed heart foundsolace in Buddhism.

    He decided to give up violence and to move

    on the path of dharma. The teachings of Lord

    Buddha converted emperor Ashoka into saint


    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Dharmarajika Stupa, Sarnath, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221007, India

    If India’s history and archaeology pique your

    interest, then this place will turn out to be a

    treasure trove for you. Towards your right, you

    can see relics of an ancient civilization

    scattered all around. These relics are extremely

    important sources of historical information

    about the area — its society and culture.

    Across the enormous ground stretching to the

    right of the path you can catch glimpses of the

    ruins of an ancient Buddha Vihara, or


    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Ashoka Pillar, Dharmapala Rd, Singhpur, Sarnath, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221007, India

    The broken pillar that you will see here is what

    remains of the famous pillar of Ashoka now.

    When unbroken, the pillar, like

    Dharmarajikastupa, was very tall. Along with

    stupas, Ashoka had built many pillars in the

    whole of north India. The height of his stupas

    was between 40 to 50 feet, and they weighted

    around 50 tons. The broken upper part of this pillar is kept

    well-preserved in a museum, right here in

    Sarnath. A little later on this very walk, we will

    go to that museum.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Sarnath Museum, Saranth Station Rd, Sarnath, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221007, India

    Archaeological excavation started in 1904 in

    Sarnath. Soon, such a large number of

    archaeological artefacts were unearthed that a

    need was felt to build an archaeological

    museum here. Consequently, this museum was

    founded in 1910. You can visit the museum

    between 10:00 am and 05:00 pm. I hope it’s

    not a Friday today, because the museum

    remains closed on Fridays. Cameras and

    mobile phones etc. are not allowed inside this

    museum; hence, pause my narration, deposite

    your electronic devices and then go inside.

    It is probably not the biggest museum you

    have seen, but it is an extremely important

    one, simply because the top of the Ashoka

    pillar is kept here. As soon as you enter the

    museum, you will be able to catch the first

    glimpse of this column head, made of


    The entire museum is divided into many

    galleries. Each gallery has a touchscreen

    computer, which tells you about the artefacts

    displayed in that particular gallery.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Wat Thai Sarnath Temple, Sarnath, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221007, India

    Buddhism is an important

    religion in South-east Asia, and many countries

    from the region have constructed their own

    temples in Sarnath. This temple that you see

    now was constructed by the government of

    Thailand, and it will give you a glimpse of the

    culture of Thailand.. The Thai temple you will

    observe thatthis temple stands right in the

    middle of a big open ground. The temple is

    not the only thing to see in this campus. There

    are many beautiful statues here as well. The

    moment you enter the temple campus, you will

    see an extremely large statue of Lord Buddha.

    This is the main attraction of this temple. At

    the time of its construction, this was the tallest

    statue of standing Buddha in India.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Chaukhandi Stupa, Rishpattan Rd, Near, Sarnath, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221007, India


    is said that this is the place where Buddha first

    met with his five disciples--Vappa, Mahanama,

    Kaundinya, Bhaddiya and Ashwavijit. From

    here, they went to the place where today

    stands the Dhamekhstupa, and there,Lord

    Buddha gave his first sermon. Here I must tell

    you one thing -- the day when Buddha gave

    his first sermon was the day of

    VaishakhPurnima. Call it a coincidence or a

    miracle -- the day when he was born and the

    day he died were also Vaishakhpurnimas.

    Today, in his honor, the day is also known as

    Buddha Purnima.

    As we move closer to the stupa, you should

    know that this is the same road bywhich we

    had come to Sarnath from Varanasi, which

    means that we have completed almost one full

    round of Sarnath.

    It is said that this stupa was originally built as a

    terraced temple. It was constructed in the 4th

    or 5th century. Hiuen Tsang, the famous

    Chinese traveler who visited Sarnath in the 7th

    century, has described this stupa in his


    This 93 ft. tall stupa is constructed on a

    quadrilateral base. During the excavation

    around this stupa, numerous statues were

    found. Among them, the statue of the turning

    of the wheel of dharma -- or Buddha

    delivering his first sermon -- is the most

    important one

    Duration: 10 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Ashok Road, Ashok Rd, Sarnath, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221007, India
    Return Detail :
    Chaukhandi Stupa, Rishpattan Rd, Near, Sarnath, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221007, India
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    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
    • Wear a mask. Maintain 1 - 1.5 meters distance from others. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use hand sanitizer: (a) In the beginning, during and end of a tour, (b) After going to the bathroom and, (c) Before and after eating. Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.
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  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.


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Activity ID: V-152570P11

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