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Dharmarajika Stupa, Uttar Pradesh
The Dharmarajika stupa, built by the emperor Ashoka to enshrine the Buddha's relics, is situated at a short distance of Dhamek stupa(the spot where Buddha gave first sermon) in Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh. Standing high on a circular base, the original stupa was enlarged during the Gupta's period, which again when destroyed by repeated foreign invasions of India, got reconstructed in the British era. Having faced several ups and downs with a passage of time, today the Dhararajika stupa is one of the one of the holiest structures venerated by the Buddhists.
Sarnath, the place chosen by the Buddha to deliver His first teachings on middle path, is located in the north eastern part of Uttar Pradesh, India. The source of the wheel of Dharma propounded by Lord Buddha, Sarnath is privileged to be one of the four major holy Buddhist sites, the others being Lumbini, Bodh Gaya and Kushinagar.
Location and Accessibility
Sarnath, 10 kilometers away from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, is easily accessible by air, road or rail route. The nearest airport from Sarnath is at Varanasi(Babatpur), from where one can hire a taxi or auto-rickshaw or can ride a bus to cover a short journey of 20 minutes to reach Sarnath. One can take a train to Varanasi which is linked to all major cities of India by rail networks. On the other hand, taking up roadways is another major way to reach Sarnath, as it is well connected to Varanasi(10 km) and Gorakhpur by National Highway number 29.
Best Time To Visit
The best months to visit the place would be from October to February, while the months of April to July should be avoided due to the extensive heat in Summers.
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