Sarnath is located around 15 kilometres north-east of Varanasi near the confluence of the Ganga and the Gomati rivers in Uttar Pradesh, India. This place is loved for its Buddhist Stupas; built around 300-500 BC; (also offers nice walk in a green garden), the museum (collection of priceless archaeological findings) and the silence (cleanliness and calmness). The murals on the wall on Buddha’s life story are unforgettable. You will love the beautiful statue of Buddha preaching to his first five disciples and the original Peepal tress (brought from Bodhgaya, Bihar) planted there. The celebrated Mantra, Buddham Sharanam Gachhami (बुद्धम शरणम् गच्छामि), owes its origin to Sarnath.
A must visit is the Archeological museum where you can see the original Ashok Stambha, and original statues of Lord Buddha and his various life events made between 1000 – 2500 years before. One of the most powerful and the great king in the history Emperor Ashoka undertook the charge to construct some of the finest statues and legacies in the 3rd century B.C here. Besides Buddhism, Sarnath is also connected with Jainism.
Here you can see thousands of Chinese, Japanese and many other Buddhist every time.