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Sarnath is a small town in Uttar Pradesh, situated 13 kilometers from the holy city of Varanasi. As the place where Gautama Buddha first taught the Dharma, and also where the original Sangha was formed, Sarnath is one of the four major Buddhist pilgrimage destinations in India.

It is said that the Buddha went from Bodh Gaya to the now famous deer park in Sarnath around five weeks after his enlightenment to give his first sermon to his five disciples, Kaundinya, Bashpa, Bhadrika, Mahanama, and Ashvajit.

Within the deer park complex is the large Dhamek Stupa, constructed by the Emperor Ashoka in 249 BC to commemorate his pilgrimage there. It is said that this stupa marks the exact spot where the Buddha gave his first sermon after attaining enlightenment. There are also several other ancient Buddhist structures in the park, along with a museum – the Sarnath Archaeological Museum – which houses a small collection of artefacts exhumed from across the site.

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10-Day Private Golden Triangle and Holy City Tour from Delhi

10-Day Private Golden Triangle and Holy City Tour from Delhi

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A DIY trip around India’s Golden Triangle and Varanasi from Delhi may leave you more focused on transport, hotels, and timings than the sights. This private 10-day tour prearranges the key details, including private car, 3-star hotels, breakfasts, and guiding; letting you concentrate wholly on sights such as the Taj Mahal, Amber Fort, and Varanasi’s River Ganges. Plus, a guide at each destination adds another dimension to your sightseeing.
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  • 10 days
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Varanasi tour in one day

Varanasi tour in one day

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Explore India’s spiritual capital of Varanasi and learn about Hinduism on a private tour. Take a boat along the Ganges River and learn about why it's so sacred to Hindus. Visit the holy site of Sarnath, where Buddha gave his first sermon, followed by a guided walk of Varanasi’s old streets and alleys. Watch the sacred ritual of Aarti from the ghat or the water to conclude your tour.
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  • 12 to 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$90.00
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3 Days Varanasi Tour Package for First Timers

3 Days Varanasi Tour Package for First Timers

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Spend three days exploring the essence of Varanasi in the company of a guide. You'll learn much more than you would simply wandering on your own, and the tour includes a variety of activities: a sunrise private boat tour, a visit to the cremation grounds, and a guided tour of the important Buddhist site of Sarnath, among others. Accommodation for two nights plus breakfast each day is included.
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$210.00
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$210.00

Private Full-Day Varanasi Tour with Ganges River Boat Cruise

Private Full-Day Varanasi Tour with Ganges River Boat Cruise

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Explore Varanasi on a private full-day tour that includes a sunrise and sunset boat ride on the Ganges River. Visit landmarks in and around Varanasi including Banaras Hindu University (BHU)'s Bharat Kala Bhavan museum, and Dhamekh Stupa in Sarnath — an important Buddhist site. Finally, watch the evening aarti ceremony from the sunset boat cruise.
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  • 12 to 14 hours
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$64.00
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$64.00

20-Day Cultural Heritage Tour of Rajasthan from New Delhi

20-Day Cultural Heritage Tour of Rajasthan from New Delhi

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Enjoy a comprehensive experience of Rajasthan’s major destinations without the stress of trip planning by booking a private 20-day tour that travels round-trip from Delhi. Highlights include Jama Masjid in Delhi; the Taj Mahal in Agra; the Khajuraho Group of Monuments; a camel ride and overnight in the Jaisalmer desert; and the aarti ceremony on the Ganges River in Varanasi. Your package covers all hotel accommodations with breakfast, private vehicle, and local guides in each location.
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  • 20 days
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Pilgrimage Varanasi

Pilgrimage Varanasi

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This city has so much to offer to its sightseers that none of them can ever says, “I had enough of it.” This holy city has attracted wanderers from across the globe. Plus you'll get the services of Licensed experienced Guide who'll not only share his knowledge of the city with you but also share his personal experiences and so on.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$32.00
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Royal Rajasthan with Varanasi, 18 days

Royal Rajasthan with Varanasi, 18 days

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Royal Rajasthan with Varanasi is a perfect choice for these travellers who would like to see the most significant places in Rajasthan state which is the most colourful in Indian culture as well as admire the beauty of architecture in order to find out something more about Indian traditions and customs.  The tour includes sightseeing of the cities and towns like the capital of India – Delhi, Agra – the place of Taj Mahal, “pink” city of Rajasthan Jaipur and many other interesting places such as typical Hindu town Orcchha and the town of Kamasutra temples Khajuraho. One of the most important places for Hinduism in India which you are going to see on this tour is a city situated on Ganges river Varanasi, which is perceived as the oldest and the most stunning city in the world. The tour is full of attractions and emotional moments which stay long in your memory and bring you closer to the spirituality of India.
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  • 18 days
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$2,500.00
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Private 11 Days Golden Triangle Tour with Khajuraho and Varanasi

Private 11 Days Golden Triangle Tour with Khajuraho and Varanasi

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Spend 11 days exploring the Golden Triangle with Khajuraho & Varanasi in India, which includes Delhi, Jaipur, Agar, Khajuraho and Varanasi. With a guide in the lead and all transportation and details arranged in advance, this multi-stop tour will be a breeze. Additional stops in Khajuraho and Varanasi round out the experience, which lets travelers get an introduction the area's architecture, culture, history, and modern life.
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  • 11 days
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$1,818.05
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$1,818.05
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Varanasi tour in 2 days

Varanasi tour in 2 days

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Experience the best of Varanasi with a 2-day tour; your guide will follow a carefully curated itinerary to make sure you don't miss a thing. The program includes both dawn and sunset boat rides, ashram and temple visits, and a Sarnath tour. As you travel, listen to in-depth commentary from your guide on the history, culture, and architecture of the city.
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  • 2 days
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$150.00
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11 Days Golden Triangle with Khajuraho & Varanasi

11 Days Golden Triangle with Khajuraho & Varanasi

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The things which makes this trip unique and special are the first thing is golden triangle Delhi Agra Jaipur then the other special thing is orchha fort Ram Raja temple and khajuraho's famous kamasutra and other unique temples approved by UNESCO and the most famous and most religious place Varanasi where u can enjoy Sarnath temple,Kashi vishwanath temple and must visit able thing in Varanasi is Assi ghat Aarti of holy river Ganga these are the specialty of this tour that why traveler should book this trip and our tour guides are Professional definitely guests will enjoy this trip with our guide so you can keep your memories for life............
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  • 11 days
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$600.00
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Rajasthan, Agra And Varanasi Art & Craft Tour (10 Days )

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Rajasthan, Agra And Varanasi Art & Craft Tour (10 Days )

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Feel the experience of Luxury in this Rajasthan Agra and Varanasi Art & Craft Tour. A special crafted tour for art and culture lovers. Our tour include not only the touristic attractions but also what nobody else offers like the local culture, Walks, Handicrafts work of different destinations, Street Food, By night tours and offbeat on the road attractions. Our Tour will start from Delhi and then you will fly to Udaipur, the lake city of India also known as Venice of east. Jodhpur, the blue city. Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan and the pink city. Agra, city of love and Tajmahal. Lucknow, the city of Nawabs, a less known but must visit city and Finally you will reach the Varanasi, the oldest city of world. Tour Package include the hotels, all transports and transfers except flights, Professional City Guides, Family lunches at Agra & Jaipur, 2 Water Bottles each day, Free Wifi and many more.
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  • 10 days
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$1,037.00
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Full Day City Tour of Varanasi

Full Day City Tour of Varanasi

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This activity will give you leasure and pleasure with local guide. You can see Varanasi by local eyes and feel the city as a local.
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  • 8 hours
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$94.91
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6-Day Private Varanasi Ganges Tour Including Delhi, Agra and Jaipur

6-Day Private Varanasi Ganges Tour Including Delhi, Agra and Jaipur

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Explore some of India’s most famous sites on a private 6-day tour to Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, and Varanasi. You’ll travel round-trip from Delhi by air-conditioned car and plane. At each destination, a local guide meets you and takes you around the top sights. Highlights include UNESCO World Heritage sites such as the Taj Mahal, along with many temples, mosques, forts, palaces, markets, and sacred Buddhist and Hindu sites in Varanasi. Accommodation, private driver, entrance fees, and guides are included.
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$512.00
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Tour of Sarnath, the starting point of Buddhism religion (by car from Varanasi)

Tour of Sarnath, the starting point of Buddhism religion (by car from Varanasi)

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Just 10 km away from Varanasi, lies the city of Sarnath. It is a pilgrimage center for the Buddhists and the Jains. It is famous for its ruins of Buddhist temples and stupas. It is considered to be the place where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon and led the wheel of time, enshrining his principles of teaching into laws. The site became a center of learning. Only a kilometer away from Sarnath lies, Singhpur, a village which was the birthplace of Shreyansanath, the Eleventh Tirthankara of Jainism. A temple dedicated to him is an important pilgrimage site. In this tour, you will be accompanied by a well-informed guide who will walk you through the ruins of the ancient monasteries, temples, and stupas of Buddhists and the archaeological museum. You will listen to narratives of the history of Sarnath, learn bout the philosophy of Buddhism. You will be picked up in an air-conditioned car from your location to Sarnath and return.
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  • 3 to 5 hours
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$44.12
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Private Full-Day Tour of Varanasi including the Kashi Darshan

Private Full-Day Tour of Varanasi including the Kashi Darshan

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Benefit from personalized attention on this private tour of Varanasi. With round-trip private transportation included, there's no need to rent a car and you can simply focus on the scenery. Your guide will provide commentary tailored to your interests as you visit highlights such as the Ganga Ghats, the Sarnath, Kashi Vishwanath temple, and the Ganga aarti on a boat ride.
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  • 12 hours
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$55.00
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$55.00

Essence of India with Varanasi with domestic flight

Essence of India with Varanasi with domestic flight

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The Essence of India is a perfect choice for these travellers who would like to see the most significant places for Indian culture as well as admire the beauty of architecture and find out something more about Indian traditions and customs.  The tour includes sightseeing of the cities and towns like the capital of India – Delhi, Agra – the place of Taj Mahal, “pink” city of Rajasthan Jaipur and many other interesting places such as typical Hindu town Orcchha and the town of Kamasutra temples Khajuraho. One of the most important places for Hinduism in India which you are going to see on this tour is a city situated on Ganges river Varanasi, which is perceived as the oldest and the most stunning city in the world. The tour is full of attractions and emotional moments which stay long in your memory and bring you closer to the spirituality of India.
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  • 11 days
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$1,300.00
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$1,300.00
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Varanasi tour in 2 days without accommodation

Varanasi tour in 2 days without accommodation

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This tour package is a perfect selection of Varanasi tours for those individuals who wish to explore Varanasi in two days with one night. It is designed in such a way that it covers most of the touristic and non-touristic (our specialty) activities Varanasi has got to provide together with dawn and sunset boat rides, temples visit, ashram visits and Sarnath tour. It  also included exploring hidden alleys and thousands years old building of Varanasi by walking through and vising into it. Tour Highlights :  • Guided visit to Sarnath - A place where Lord Budhha delivered his first sermon • Guided visit to cremation ground followed by witnessing aarti ceremony with a private boat • Guided walking tour into old lanes of Varanasi  • Guided sunrise boat ride with a private boat  • Visit to an Ashram or Muth 
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  • 2 days
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$100.00
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15 Days Glimpses of Colorful India

15 Days Glimpses of Colorful India

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This tour designed with the name of 15 Days glimpses of colorful India. Explore the sites Delhi, Jaipur, Pushkar, Ranthambore, Agra & the Holy city Varanasi with internal return domestic flights from Delhi. Tour does cover a new path with the traditional & ancient culture of the Pushkar & Varanasi. It is also giving you to get a chance to enjoy the wildlife of Rajasthan site which is "Ranthambore National Park excursion followed by the sharing Jeep. Enjoy a boat ride along the River Ganges in Varanasi, where you’ll pass the spot thousands of pilgrims immerse themselves in the holy water of this river. End your tour back in Delhi, exploring the many sights that New Delhi has to offer (*Note: This tour is not operating from July to September throughout the year due to Ranthambore national park is closed during these months)
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  • 15 days
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$970.67
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$970.67

2 Days Private Enchanting Varanasi

2 Days Private Enchanting Varanasi

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Take a full tour of Varanasi on these 2-day vacations that are perfect for first-time visitors. I spent two days in the company of a guide and learned everything about one of India's holiest cities on the banks of the Ganges. Visit all the attractions to see and hear the history, religion, architecture and modern life of the city. Highlights 1. City tour by Walk through the narrow lane. 2. One hour Ride from Dashashwamedh Ghat to Manikarnika Ghat. 3. Beautiful & Colorful view of Holy Mother Ganges River. 4. View of Manikarnika Ghat (The Burning Ghat). 5. Trip leader will explain the cultural and heritage of  Varanasi. 6. Light Refreshment.
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  • 2 days
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$106.67
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Varanasi tour in 3 days

Varanasi tour in 3 days

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Extremely delightful and totally affordable, this Varanasi tour package gives the real essence of this beautiful place. Tourists have highly rated this tour and it includes many exciting activities. The city’s secrets are unrivaled in a beautiful way and the true sense of India’s spirituality comes to light. From taking blessings from the sacred temples to bathing in the holy water, it is a life-changing experience. Highlights :  • Guided sunrise private boat tour • Guided visit to cremation ground • Guided Sarnath and city tour  • Guided visit to Ghat to witness prayer [Aarti ceremony] followed by releasing candle ritual in water  • Walk tour through Asia's largest spice market, flower market, famous food street • Accommodation in a 5 Star Hotel with daily complimentary breakfast 
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  • 3 days
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$140.00
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$140.00

3-Night Private Tour to The Taj Mahal and Agra with Varanasi from Delhi

3-Night Private Tour to The Taj Mahal and Agra with Varanasi from Delhi

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See the highlights of Agra and Varanasi with your own private guide on a 3-day tour from Delhi. Visit the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort, both UNESCO World Heritage sites, then continue by overnight train to Varanasi. There, visit several Hindu temples and the Buddhist sacred site Sarnath, experience a morning boat cruise on the Ganges River, watch the evening aarti ceremony, and ride in a rickshaw. Includes train tickets, one night of hotel accommodation, private guide and vehicle, entrance fees, some meals, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 4 days
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$324.00
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Delhi to Varanasi Tour by Vande Bharat Express Train

Delhi to Varanasi Tour by Vande Bharat Express Train

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Those who cherish the desire to travel to Varanasi, the oldest city of India from the Indian capital city Delhi, can book this 2 nights 3 days tour by the first Indian engine less semi high-speed train Vande Bharat express. You enjoy the full comforts of travel by this newly started luxury train, pre-booked hotel, and guided sightseeing tour of Varanasi and Sarnath with a free pick and drop facility. This train does not start on Monday and Thursday in the week. For the rest of the five days, you can book it easily.
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  • 3 days
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$30.00
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$30.00
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Golden Triangle Tour with Varanasi

Golden Triangle Tour with Varanasi

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This tour product avails you the opportunity to explore Delhi the capital city, Agra the city of Taj Mahal, Jaipur the pink city and Varanasi the religious city. We will provide you a complete tour package along with best three star hotels, A/c private luxury car, Best historian tour guides and English speaking chauffeur. We have included all the major highlights of every city with other activities like private boat ride and evening aarti ceremony at Varanasi, Our vehicle equipped with air condition, first aid kit, Tissue papers and mineral water. Our company representative assists you for all arrival and departures at all destination at the railway station/ hotel/ airport.
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  • 8 days
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$866.67
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$866.67
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Buddhist Tour From The Birth To Death

Buddhist Tour From The Birth To Death

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In this Buddhist Circuit Excursion Tour 11 Nights 12 Days includes all Buddhist essential features where our travelers can get full religious experience. Tour will start in Varanasi & ends in Lucknow. Tourist interest such as cultural places, historical places, ivory, Stupas, Monuments, Museums as well as Gardens and lakes that would simply leave an incredible mark in your mind. Highlights • Sarnath (Dhamekh Stupa, the Chaukhandi Stupa and the Archaeological museum). • Morning boat ride on the River Ganges. • Bodhgaya- Mahabodhi Temple, Thai Temple and Bodhi Tree • Visit the ruins of Nalanda and Rajgir • Kushinagar- Mahaparinirvana Temple and Mukutbandhan Stupa • Lumbini- Birthplace of lord Buddha
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  • 12 days
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$1,045.34
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Should I book Sarnath tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Sarnath can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Sarnath 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Sarnath costs USD 30.00. Guided Sarnath tours start around USD 30.00 per person.
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