Tired of the hustle and bustle of life and want to escape into the world of peace and mindfulness?
Get on board Buddhist Circuit Train, which offers a sacred excursion to the most prominent Buddhist tourist places like Golden Temple, the Great Buddha Statue, Buddha Stupa Sarnath, and more.
The Buddhist train takes you on a soul-enlightening journey to visit places Buddhist tourist places like Bodhgaya, Sarnath, Rajgir, Nalanda, Kushinagar, Sravasti, Lumbini, and more which are home to various Buddhist monuments and temples, as well as museums and ruins which have a rich collection of artifacts, sculptures, and relics.
You can experience the essence of ancient India while visiting these places, as this train offers a unique opportunity to explore Buddhism’s historical and cultural significance in India. This train also provides an opportunity for spiritual seekers to learn about the teachings of Buddha and explore his life journey across ancient India.
Apart from the Buddhist Stupa Sarnath Tour; this train journey also takes you through Sravasti, Bodhgaya, etc. The pilgrimage tour operators in India take pilgrims to these enlightening Buddhist tourist places to provide a first-hand experience to pilgrims who wish to unravel the self-disciplined and legendary life of Lord Buddha.
Sarnath Buddhist Tour is one of the major attractions for Buddhist Pilgrims. Sarnath is located at a distance of 10 Km from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. After attaining nirvana, the Buddha went to Sarnath. It is said that Lord Buddha visited Sarnath looking for his five companions who left him in Rajgir while they deviated from the viewpoint of Lord Buddha on self-mortification. Buddha delivered his first sermon here in Deer Park. King Ashoka, who spread the Buddha’s message of love and compassion throughout his vast empire, visited Sarnath around 234 BC and built a stupa there. Several Buddhist structures were raised at Sarnath between the 3rd century BC and the 11th century AD, and today it presents the most expansive ruins among places on the Buddhist Circuit.
Emperor Ashok built Dhamekh Stupa in 249 BCE. It is a majestic and massive structure with a diameter of 28 m and a height of 43.6 m. To spread Buddha’s message of love throughout his kingdom, Emperor Ashoka embarked on Sarnath Tour and built the Dhamek Stupa; marking the spot where the Buddha preached his first sermon. This is the place where the voice of Buddhism was first heard, Buddha revealed his eightfold path leading to nirvana here and set the ‘Wheel of Dharma’ in motion. Buddhist pilgrims circumambulate the cylindrical red stone stupa while worshipping.
It is also known as Sarnath Pillar. It depicts four lions in standing posture and a chakra at its bottom. It is the same pillar that gets adopted for our national emblem. It has an image of an elephant at the top, a galloping horse, and a bull mounted on the bottom of Chakra. The four animals symbolize the different phases of the Buddha’s life. The Bulls point to his birth, Elephant stands for his notion, the lions stand for the attainment of enlightenment, and the horse denotes his separation from royal life. The entire complex has a very positive vibe with several monks seen meditating around the compound. As these structures were erected in the 13th century, most of them are in ruins but the Ashokan pillar stands tall and attracts tourists to pilgrimage tours in Sarnath.
No Sarnath Buddhist Tour is completed without visiting Sarnath Museum. Founded in 1910, the amazing assortment of findings that were recovered from the excavation of various archaeological sites in Sarnath are showcased at this museum. It contains vast relics and curios of Buddha’s journey to enlightenment. It also houses many artifacts, coins, and sculptures from the Maurya Dynasty including the Lion Capital sculpture as the centerpiece. It is best explored with Buddhist tours and travels.
The countries like Thailand, Sri Lanka, Japan, and India have many Buddhist followers, and each country has built its structure in its architectural style in Sarnath. The Thai Temple is the most famous among the several monasteries, temples, and structures managed by only the Thai Buddhist Monk.
Mulagandha Kuti Vihar
Mulagandha Kuti Vihar is a temple with a big bell at the entrance and prayer wheels that pilgrims can turn clockwise to offer their loyalty. It is surrounded by trees and was used as a monastery initially. Inside the temple are beautifully done frescoes on the wall and ceiling which often take one’s breath away.
The re-launch of IRCTC's Buddist Circuit Train is great news for travelers who wish to explore this beautiful country on a spiritual journey. This Buddhist pilgrimage tour package offers travelers an unparalleled experience that will enable them to gain insight into the rich cultural heritage of Buddhism in India.
So don’t wait any longer - book your Buddha Stupa Sarnath Tour tickets now for a journey that will leave you inspired!
The Buddhist circuit is a route that follows the footsteps of Gautama Buddha starting from his place of birth to his place of death.
Bodhgaya is one of the world's most important and sacred Buddhist pilgrimage centers. It was here under a banyan tree, the Bodhi Tree, Gautama attained supreme knowledge to become Buddha, the Enlightened One.
Lord Buddha preached his first sermon in Sarnath. This is the place where the voice of Buddhism was first heard, Buddha revealed his eightfold path leading to nirvana here and set the ‘Wheel of Dharma’ in motion.>
Sarnath’s weather is characterized by hot summers and pleasant winters. The best time to visit the place is between the months of October to March.