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A very, very holy city, very green, and very peaceful
Roads connecting to Sarnath are dusty
In a nutshell
Want to come closer to Buddha, come to Sarnath
anilpradhanshillong Says: The Mulagandha Kuti Vihar built by the Mahabodhi Society, is a modern temple. It has brilliant frescoes painted by Kosetsu Nosu Japan's celebrated painter. The building houses rare Buddhist literature. Behind the temple is the bodhi tree, the sapling of which was brought...
anilpradhanshillong Says: The place is now mostly in ruins but what beautiful ruins. As you wander about the ruins, you see the massive stupa, the remnants of the Ashoka Pillar, the Lion Capital, various stupas, Dharma Chakra, the monasteries and the Jin-Vihara. It is to the credit of Mr. Duncan and...
anilpradhanshillong Says: Next to this, a bit further down to your left is the Archaeological Museum, a veritable treasure house. There are five galleries and two verandahs. The Lion Capital of Ashoka, with the four-sided lions head, India's National Emblem, awaits you in the main hall. This is the...
There are rows of shops (temporary) on both sides of the road near the archaeological museum at Sarnath.
What to buy: There are beautiful miniature idols of Lord Buddha and also animals, birds etc. on marble or stone that are worth buying as a token. The prices are minimum but have to bargain.
What to pay: For a 3 inch tall idol of Buddha in white marble, expect to pay Rs. 30/- as a good bargain. (See picture here)
Updated Sep 6, 2007