Ancient Buddhist Site, Sarnath, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Ancient Buddhist Site, Sarnath, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh has been nominated in the past to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List, but doesn't feature anymore on the country's current Tentative List.

Year Decision Comments
1998 Tentative list Submitted as tentative site by State Party


Jorge Sanchez (Spain):
In the year 1989 I participated during three weeks in the Kumbha Mela of Allahabad, a religious festivity which takes place every 3 years in a different of four sacred Hindu cities: Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujjain and Nasik.

Being Allahabad so close to interesting historical centers, I made radial day trips to holy Varanasi (or Benares), and also to Sarnath, the place where Buddha gave his first teaching (He attained enlightenment in Bodh Gaya, Bihar).
In Varanasi I took a holy bath in the Ganges and in Sarnath visited several temples, one Asoka pillar, stupas, and Buddhist monasteries.
Date posted: September 2013
Clyde (Malta):
Visited this site for the 2012 Kalachakra. Very spiritual place and quite an interesting archaeology museum too. Easily reachable by taxi from Varanasi.
Date posted: February 2013