A famed city in close proximity to the main sacred destination Varanasi, Sarnath is the place where Lord Buddha gave his first preaching after attaining enlightenment at Bodh Gaya and which as a result make it among the four holiest destinations to the Buddhist world. It is a main Buddhist pilgrimage place. A destination to take an escape, mediate and explore the remnants of Sarnath. Not only Buddhist but many tourists from all over the world flock here in large number and get enticed by the exquisiteness and tranquility of this city. Moreover, the zeal and excitement of this place is lively with several Buddhist remains, shrines and museum. Though the city has only one museum, it has a super collection of artifacts dating back to yesteryear.
Sarnath Museum A rich collection of antiques comprising Saddharmachakra Vihar, Bodhisattva pictures and Dhramrajika Stupa, Sarnath Museum takes you on a trip of history and makes you acquainted with many unique artifacts put on display. All the antiques are excavated from the Buddhist place and vary from 3rd century BC to 12th century AD. One can make it to the museum through the main hall and have a look at the most valued collections of the museum. It has five galleries - Shakya simha, Tathagata, Ashutosh Trimurti and Triratna. Each displays images of gods and goddess in different forms. The images of goddess Saraswati, Lord Krishna and Lord Ganesha can also be seen here.
Address: Archaeological survey of India, Sarnath, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh
Timing: 10am to 5pm