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Chaukhandi Stupa in Sarnath

·  Summer: March-May (30°C - 43°C)
·  Winter: December-February (3°C - 25°C)
·  Monsoon: June-August

Best time to visit:  October-March

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Counted among the most ancient Buddhist structures, Chaukhandi Stupa is one superlative tryst as one enters the historic and spiritual town of Sarnath. The red brick structure with square edifice has an octagonal tower of Islamic style at its top. Built in around 5th  century to honour Lord Buddha’s first meeting with his first five disciples, it is among the top sites on various Buddhist pilgrimage circuits.

The Islamic tower was added later on the orders of Emperor Akbar to honour his father Emperor Humayun. The lavishly green lawns and inimitable tranquillity surrounding the structure are the striking aspects sure to engage your senses. There are many other Buddhist structures located in the close proximity to the stupa.

Maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), the stupa also has the ASI museum located nearby. Visitors are expected to respect the religious sentiments associated with this heritage treasure.

Road: Chaukhandi Stupa is located on the left of the main road entering the city from Varanasi. The road can be dusty and bumpy at few places and you should prefer a taxi to avoid a bad road trip.

Railway: Sarnath has a small railway station, but it is recommended to board a train to Varanasi Railway Station (about 11 km. away). Local buses, taxis and auto-rickshaws are available for the remaining road trip.

Airway: Varanasi Airport, about 23 km. from the stupa, is the closest air access point. Tourists can conveniently hire taxis from the airport to access Sarnath and its attractions.