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Sarnath is an ancient town situated in the northern Indian
state of Uttar Pradesh. The state of Uttal Pradesh is
surrounded by other Indian states but forms an
international border with an all-Hindu souvereign country
Nepal.
Uttar Pradesh is surrounded by other Indian states all
around except in the north where Nepal becomes the
immediate neighbour. The state of Himachal Pradesh is in
the Northwest, Uttarakhand next to Himachal Pradesh
towards East, Nepal (Soureign State not belonging to
India) still Eastwards, and Bihar below Nepal; Jarkhand
below Bihar; Chattisghar on the West side of Jarkhad;
Madhya Pradesh still Westwards; Delhi and Haryana
directly in the West side of Uttar Pradesh.
Uttar Pradesh is one of the bread baskets of India. Indian
civilization has been rooted in Uttar Pradesh which along
with Bihar, Bengal and Odisha form the bedrock of
Hinduism.
Where is Sarnath?
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How to reach Sarnath?
One can reach the best by train. One could fly from Delhi to
Varanasi. We went first to Varanasi by train from Bangalore,
and then from Varanasi to Sarnath by taxi. The distance
between Varanasi and Sarnath is 10 kilometers.
Autorickshaw is also available. One should start early in the
morning from Varanasi so that maximum time is available for
visiting temples, stupas, museums and industrial center of
Banaras Silk sarees. Bus transport is not well-developed
here.
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Part 2
A visit to the ancient Buddhist seat Sarnath is a
life-long desire of every Gowda Saraswat Brahman
(GSB). This is where Gauthama the Buddha attained
alightenment under a Bodhi Tree and held meetings
with his disciples.

MERA BHAARATH MAHAAN  There are 5,68,000
villages in India. There are 619 districts. India has 31
states and Union Territories, There are at least 1618
languages spoken in India of which Sanskrit is the
solid base. The people are professing castes among
the Hindus and there are 6400 different castes
recognised. Hindus have at least six ethnic origins. At
least 29 festivals are celebrated all over India but
many more are celebrated exclusively in towns,
districts and states. (source: Janardhan Bhat).
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MULAGANDH KUTI VIHARA TEMPLE
SARNATH
Our taxi took off from Maidagin Golghar at about 8
O'clock on 4th June 2012 in Varanasi and reached
the Station Road Chowk in Sarnath in about 30
minutes. The road was partly good and partly bad.
There are carts with various local delicacies that are
suitable for a breakfast. There is also tea served.
There are guides available but their main intention
seemed to take the tourist to the Banaras Silk factory
located nearby and possibly sell a saree or two.
We hired a guide who constantly reminded us about
the Silk factory and the attached Silk museum but
since we were not interested in purchasing any
apparel, we declined to visit the Silk factory upon
which he became less interested in us and
abandoned us after collecting his fees of 50 rupees.
Later we hired another guide who showed us around
the Stupa but once he found out that we were not
going to take the Silk factory tour, he too abandoned
us.
Since we go information that the museum does not
open till 10.30 a.m. we could not go to the museum
and also failed to visit the remains of the famous
Nalanda University.
But we were also less enthusiastic to take more tours
in the place because of the atmospheric temperature
which was 45 degrees Celcius. 4-June-2012
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