Seeking Sarnath: Where the Buddha First Taught Wisdom

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5 Responses

  1. Bharat Taxi says:

    Very nice post !! Wonderful image. Thank you very much for this post ..

  2. Gina says:

    I was literally reading in anticipation to figure out what was going on with that delicious street food. It looked good, but something that has been sitting out and through a rain storm couldn’t be a good idea. I’m so sad to hear you had some stomach problems, but like you I would have done the same thing. Glad to hear you had medicine in your kit to help you.

    • Teja says:

      Haha Yeah, that was my little PSA… EVEN if I have confirmed that a portable water filter can render Indian tap water safe, you STILL should follow street food rules of thumb!

  3. Nick Kembel says:

    Very interesting post Teja! I’ve been to Varanasi twice but never made it to Sarnath. After your experience, would you say it was worth it? This sounds like true India travel to me; unexpected changes and findings, getting sick, learning something deeper at the end of it all. I also like how you accidentally crashed the sermon :) I once accidentally saw the Dalai Lama speak (all not in English) in Dharamshala!

    • Teja says:

      Haha now that is epic sermon crashing!

      You could say that I did Sarnath ‘properly’! I listened to a Buddhist sermon, sat under a bodhi tree, and received enlightenment! I think I was glad I went. I really needed that peace and quiet then. Although if it had been less spontaneous (and less rainy) I might have gone into the deer park, and went into the museum anyway, whatever the guide said. I’m not sure I would consider Sarnath a Varanasi must-visit, though. Unless you’re specifically interested in Buddhist history, in which case it definitely should be.