Contact Us
ABTAATOLTravel Awards 2015

01904 734 356

Open 7 Days A Week

Escorted Rail Tours to Sarnath

Visit the two-thousand-year-old Dharmekh Stupa

Less than eight miles from the Hindu holy city of Varanasi is Sarnath, the site of the deer park where Gautama Buddha first taught the Dharma after his enlightenment. The deer park is one of four holy Buddhist sites sanctioned by the Buddha himself for pilgrimage. The other three sites are Lumbini (birth); Bodh Gaya (enlightenment); and Kushinagar (death).

Sarnath has previously been known as Mrigadava ("deer park") and Isipatana (the place where holy men fell to earth). The current name Sarnath, from Saranganath, means "Lord of the Deer" and relates to an old Buddhist story in which the Bodhisattva is a deer and offers his life to a king instead of the doe he is planning to kill. The king is so moved that he creates the park as a sanctuary for deer. The ancient buildings and structures at Sarnath were damaged or destroyed by the Turks, but amongst the ruins is the Dharmekh Stupa, an impressive structure 128 feet (39 metres) high, and 93 feet (28 metres) in diameter. This dates from around 200 BC and is the spot where the Buddha is said to have preached his first sermon.

Refine your search Refine your search
Departure Date
Price of Holiday
Selected criteria
There are 3 holidays in this category
Showing 1 to 3 of 3 holidays
Grand Tour of India & Nepal

Explore the ultimate highlights of India and Nepal on this once-in-a-lifetime grand tour which includes some of the world's most beautiful buildings, temples, sights and scenery. We witness colourful and moving ceremonies, take an elephant safari and experience breathtaking views of the Himalaya from Pokhara.

Departs from February 2017 to December 2017.
18 days from £2,615per personView tour details
India & The Undiscovered Himalaya

Explore the ultimate highlights of North India on this once-in-a-lifetime tour which includes some of the world's most beautiful buildings, temples, sights and scenery. We witness colourful and moving ceremonies, the Himalayas painted orange by the sunrise on Tiger Hill and the majesty of Darjeeling and Sikkim, enjoying a journey on the UNESCO listed Darjeeling Himalayan Railway.

Departs from October 2016 to November 2016.
Late departures available
18 days from Please call for detailsView tour details
Footsteps of the British Raj in India

Follow in the footsteps of the British Raj in India on this 15 day fascinating tour, specially designed in conjunction with the University of York. Learn about the colonisation, and subsequent revolt, of this fabulous sub-continent through its art, architecture and distinct heritage. And with four expert lecturers, this is a unique opportunity to step out of the history books and live the past.

Departs in October 2016.
Late departures available
15 days from Please call for detailsView tour details
Showing 1 to 3 of 3 holidays

Sign up for our free newsletter

Order Brochures Contact Us View Shortlist 0