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Dharmarajika Stupa

Founded to enshrine the remains of Lord Buddha, this ancient monument forms part of a Buddhist pilgrimage site home to monasteries, shrines and temples.

Visit the Dharmarajika Stupa to discover the ruins of an archaeological wonder and the place where Lord Buddha’s remains were enshrined. Mingle with Buddhist followers who come to worship the life and teachings of Buddha. Dharmarajika Stupa dates back to the 3rd century B.C., when it was built by the Mauryan dynasty emperor Ashoka. It is part of the sacred pilgrimage site of Sarnath, which has temples, shrines and an informative museum, all set amid beautiful gardens.

Now only the foundations of this imposing stupa are visible today. It still bears historical significance. Imagine the tall structure that stood proud in picturesque gardens and held the relics of Lord Buddha. Check out the stone pillars and walls surrounding the stupa. Watch as monks and pilgrims sit quietly on the surrounding lawns while meditating and gazing in awe at the ruins.

Follow the paths that lead from the stupa and pass pristine lawns to other ancient religious sites. Marvel at the 112-foot-tall (34-meter) Damekh Stupa, adorned with intricate 5th-century carvings. Set in the grounds of a ruined monastery, it’s the place where Buddha supposedly gave his first sermon. Don’t miss the Chaukhandi Stupa, where Buddha met his disciples. Go to the Mulaganda Kuti Vihara Monastery to hear monks chant Buddhist sermons.

Take time to explore the exhibits of the Sarnath Museum. Find exquisitely carved images of Brahmin and Hindu gods plus one of the oldest depictions of Buddha. Admire the Lion Capital of Ashoka, a sculpture of four lions standing back to back. An adaptation of the sculpture is today’s national emblem of India.

Located in the town of Sarnath, Dharmarajika Stupa and its accompanying attractions are about a 30-minute drive from Varanasi. Public buses travel between Sarnath and Varanasi. Alternatively, get here via tuk-tuk or taxi.

Sarnath’s attractions, including Dharmarajika Stupa, are open daily and many have admission fees. The museum is open from Saturday to Thursday and also has an admission fee. Signs in English provide information about the various sights. Remember to dress appropriately, be respectful of worshippers and walk around the stupas in a clockwise direction.


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Lodging Near Dharmarajika Stupa

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$71
The Gateway Hotel Ganges

The Gateway Hotel Ganges

Nadesar Palace Grounds, Varanasi
4.0
of 5, from 58 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Varanasi, this luxury hotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from JVH Mall and within 3 mi (5 km) of Bharat Mata and Vishwanatha Temple. Sri Annapoorani Devi Temple and Kashi Vishwanath Temple are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$29
Hotel Tridev

Hotel Tridev

K44/34 Kalbhairo Crossing, Varanasi
4.3
of 5, from 6 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Varanasi, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Marnikanika Ghat and Kashi Vishwanath Temple. Vishwanatha Temple and Sri Annapoorani Devi Temple are also within 1 mi (2 km).

The HHI

The HHI

C-21/3 Maldahiya, Varanasi
2.9
of 5, from 10 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Varanasi, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Vishwanatha Temple, Marnikanika Ghat, and Sri Annapoorani Devi Temple. Kashi Vishwanath Temple and Bharat Mata are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$71
Ramada Plaza JHV

Ramada Plaza JHV

The Mall, Varanasi
4.1
of 5, from 41 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Varanasi hotel is located in the historical district, within 3 mi (5 km) of JVH Mall, Bharat Mata and Vishwanatha Temple. Sri Annapoorani Devi Temple is 3 mi (4.9 km) away.

$51
Radisson Hotel Varanasi

Radisson Hotel Varanasi

The Mall Cantonment, Varanasi
4.3
of 5, from 40 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Varanasi hotel is located in the historical district, within 3 mi (5 km) of JVH Mall, Bharat Mata and Vishwanatha Temple. Sri Annapoorani Devi Temple is 3 mi (4.9 km) away.

Hotel Sarin Inn

Hotel Sarin Inn

14, Mehmoorganj Road, Sigra, Varanasi
2.3
of 5, from 3 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Varanasi, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from JVH Mall and within 3 mi (5 km) of Bharat Mata and Vishwanatha Temple. Sri Annapoorani Devi Temple is 3 mi (4.9 km) away.

$382
Nadesar Palace

Nadesar Palace

Nadesar Palace Grounds, Varanasi
5.0
of 5, from 2 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Varanasi, this luxury hotel is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from JVH Mall and within 3 mi (5 km) of Bharat Mata and Vishwanatha Temple. Sri Annapoorani Devi Temple and Kashi Vishwanath Temple are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$26
Gupta Inn

Gupta Inn

S 19/122, P.W.D Road Varuna Bridge, Varanasi
2.0
of 5, from 3 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Varanasi, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from JVH Mall and within 3 mi (5 km) of Bharat Mata and Vishwanatha Temple. Dasaswamedh ghat and Kashi Vishwanath Temple are also within 6 mi (10 km).