Travel to the place where Buddhism began. This guided tour of Sarnath is the best way to discover the origins of the ancient religion and explore one of its most sacred cities. Unforgettable!
After being picked up from your hotel, you'll be taken via private vehicle to Sarnath, a city less than 10 miles (15 km) from Varanasi.
After around a 50-minute drive, you'll arrive at one of the four holy cities of Buddhism. In fact, this is the birthplace of the world's fourth-largest religion, as Sarnath was the location in which Buddha first taught the concepts and principles of Dharma over 2500 years ago. It is to this day a pilgrimage centre for Buddhists.
Throughout your half-day guided tour, you'll visit the most important temples in Sarnath, including Sarang Nath, a shrine dedicated to the god Shiva, whose name means "Lord of the deer" - your guide will explain why! You'll also see the Japanese and Chinese temples as well as the Mulagandha Kuti Vihar monastery.
Finally, you'll visit the Sarnath Museum, where you'll appreciate the excellent collection of Buddhist art and sculpture. Finishing your guided tour, you'll be dropped off at your hotel in Varanasi.
Please wear clothing that covers your legs and shoulders on this excursion to Sarnath, as it is a holy site.
|Up to 2 people||Up to 5 people|
Up to 2 peopleUS$ 37.5
Up to 5 peopleUS$ 62.5
The tour is exclusively in English.
English speaking guide.
Entrance to monuments visited on the tour (approx. 10 USD per person).
When to book?
Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.
If there are still places available, you can book until the previous day (local time in Varanasi).
Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.
Frequently asked questions
Q - How to book?
A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.
No (not suitable for people with reduced mobility).