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Visit to Sarnath

Varanasi, India

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Experience hosted by Kunal

2.5 hours
Includes drinks, transportation
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

We will meet at a pre-decided location and drive to Sarnath which is approximately 15 kilometers out of Varanasi.

Visit Sarnath, one of the most important Budhist centres. It is the site where Lord Buddha had preached his first sermon or in religious language, set in motion the Wheel of Law (Dharmachakra-Pravarttana) enshrining the principles of his teaching into laws. At Sarnath, Lord Buddha also laid the foundation of Sangha or the order of monks. Sarnath remained an active center of Buddhism up to the end of the twelfth century. Centers of learning arose and many sects and sub-sects flourished here, until the Moslems plundered and raised it to the ground.

Other things to note:
It takes approximately 45 minutes to drive from the city to Sarnath depending upon the traffic condition.
Entrance ticket-INR 300 for the excavated ruins & INR 5 for museum. Free entry for children below the age of 15.
This experience is LGBTQ friendly. Private group tours are available on request.
We will meet at a pre-decided location and drive to Sarnath which is approximately 15 kilometers out of Varanasi.

Visit Sarnath, one of the most important Budhist centres. It is the site where Lord Buddha had preached his first sermon or in religious language, set in motion the Wheel of Law (Dharmachakra-Pravarttana) enshrining the principles of his teaching into laws. At Sarnath, Lord Buddha also laid the foundation of Sangha or the o…

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What's included

  • Drinks
    One bottle of mineral water per person.
  • Transportation
    An air conditioned sedan car for the tour.
From $31
/ person
Sat, Jan 16
12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
$31 per person
$31 per person
Sun, Jan 17
12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
$31 per person
$31 per person
Mon, Jan 18
12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
$31 per person
$31 per person

Meet your host, Kunal

Host on Airbnb since 2018
  • 5 Reviews
  • Identity verified
Hi, I am Kunal, a private tour guide with insider knowledge, fun personality and a passion for Varanasi. I bring my love for food, history, and a good story to every tour. Not only am I a part of Varanasi, but Varanasi is a part of me.

I left my progressing banking career when I found my true calling which is storytelling and show people the city I love & since last 10 years I am working as a tour guide. I was the product manager for Cox & Kings Inbound Tours for Varanasi and adjoining destinations.

Credentials:
*MBA from Banaras Hindu University.
*Regional Level Guide Training Program by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India-2013.
*State Level Guide Training Program by UP Tourism-2012.
*Vocational Training for Tour Guides by Government of India-2010.

All my co-hosts trained and licensed Tour Guides from the Ministry of Tourism.
Hi, I am Kunal, a private tour guide with insider knowledge, fun personality and a passion for Varanasi. I bring my love for food, history, and a good story to every tour. Not only am I a part of Varanasi, but Varanasi is a part of me.

I left my progressing banking career when I found my true calling which is storytelling and show people the city I love & since last 10 years I am working as a tour guide. I was the product manager for Cox & Kings Inbound Tours for Varanasi and adjoi…
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Where you'll be

At Sarnath we will visit thefollowing:
1. Excavated ruins. Walk around the beautiful garden and see the ruins of different monasteries, temple and the Dhammek Stupa.
2. The Archaeological Museum of Sarnath (closed on Friday).
3. Thai Temple with a huge statue of Lord Buddha.

Rated 4.80 out of 5 from 5 reviews.

Bryant
March 2020
Satish was a very knowledgeable, friendly, and competent guide. Our trip was informative and I learned a great deal about Buddha and Hinduism I did not know before. A small point to bear in mind if you’re staying near the Ganges, however: the meeting point is about 3 miles and a 20-minute tuk-tuk ride away (in traffic), though you can arrange to be dropped off in the Old City on return.
Satish was a very knowledgeable, friendly, and competent guide. Our trip was informative and I learned a great deal about Buddha and Hinduism I did not know before. A small point…
Beto
January 2020
We learn so much about the relation between hinduism and Buddhism, how one was born from the other and many things about these two different religions.
Omer
October 2019
Kunal's tour of Sarnath was very nice. He coordinated transportation there and helped me get to the airport after and showed me around all the highlights in Sarnath with helpful, clear explanations of what I was seeing.
Derek
August 2019
Kunal was very knowledgeable, and provided a unique experience to me and my son. He took the time to answerall our questions and go at our pace. Excellent guide!
Tomas
November 2019
Extremely professional and serious guide who is very proud of his city.

Choose from available dates

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  • Sat, Jan 16
    12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    $31 per person
  • Sun, Jan 17
    12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    $31 per person
  • Mon, Jan 18
    12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    $31 per person
  • Tue, Jan 19
    12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    $31 per person
  • Wed, Jan 20
    12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    $31 per person
  • Thu, Jan 21
    12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    $31 per person
  • Fri, Jan 22
    12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    $31 per person
  • Sat, Jan 23
    12:30 PM - 3:00 PM
    $31 per person

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 5 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

What to bring

Cash for their entrance fee, meals and other personal expenses.

Comfortable pair of walking shoes.