Sarnath Photography Tour


Embark on a captivating visual journey with our Sarnath Photography Tour. Immerse yourself in the sacred and historic ambiance of Sarnath, a revered Buddhist pilgrimage site. Led by experienced guides, this tour is tailored for photography enthusiasts, offering a unique opportunity to capture the intricate details of ancient stupas, monasteries, and tranquil landscapes. From the mesmerizing Dhamek Stupa to the resplendent Mulagandhakuti Vihara, every corner of Sarnath becomes a canvas for your artistic expression. Whether you’re an amateur or professional, our Sarnath Photography Tour promises to awaken your creativity and deliver a collection of stunning images that reflect the spiritual essence and cultural heritage of this cherished destination.

Tour Overview

This tour starts at 5:00 am in morning. We will start our journey to Sarnath and reach before sunrise to the best photo opportunities. The tour will end at 10:00 am when we will start our journey back to Varanasi.

Sarnath is a sacred Buddhist pilgrimage site located near the city of Varanasi in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. It holds immense historical and spiritual significance as it is believed to be the place where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon after attaining enlightenment. This event, known as the “Dharmachakra Pravartan,” marked the beginning of Buddha’s teaching of the Dharma (the path to enlightenment) to his five disciples.

Sarnath’s importance lies not only in its association with Buddha’s teachings but also in its rich archaeological heritage. The site boasts several ancient stupas, monasteries, and other structures that reflect the vibrant Buddhist culture that once thrived here. The Dhamek Stupa, an imposing cylindrical tower, is a focal point of Sarnath and is believed to mark the spot where Buddha gave his first sermon.

Mulagandhakuti Vihara is another significant structure, built to commemorate Buddha’s stay in Sarnath. The Sarnath Archaeological Museum houses a remarkable collection of artifacts, including sculptures, inscriptions, and relics from different periods of Buddhist history.

Sarnath’s tranquil surroundings provide a serene backdrop for spiritual contemplation and reflection. The site’s serene gardens and open spaces offer a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of urban life. Pilgrims and visitors from around the world come to Sarnath to pay homage to Buddha’s teachings and experience the spiritual aura that envelops the area.


Dhamek Stupa is a massive stupa located at Sarnath, 13 km away from Varanasi in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India. Stupas originated as pre-Buddhist tumuli, in which ascetics were buried in a seated position, called chaitya.

Dhamek Stupa Timings – 6:00am till 5:00pm

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FAQs about the Tour

Q: What is the Sarnath Photography Tour?
A: The Sarnath Photography Tour is a specialized guided experience designed for photography enthusiasts to capture the cultural and spiritual heritage of Sarnath, a significant Buddhist pilgrimage site.

Q: Can beginners participate in this tour?
A: Absolutely! This tour is open to photographers of all skill levels, from beginners to professionals, who are eager to capture the essence of Sarnath through their lenses.

Q: What attractions will I photograph during the tour?
A: You’ll have the opportunity to photograph iconic sites such as the Dhamek Stupa, Mulagandhakuti Vihara, Sarnath Archaeological Museum, monasteries, and serene landscapes.

Q: Are photography guides provided during the tour?
A: Yes, experienced guides with in-depth knowledge of the sites and photography techniques will accompany you, offering guidance and insights to enhance your photography skills.

Q: What equipment should I bring for the tour?
A: Bring your preferred camera, lenses, tripod, and any additional equipment you typically use for photography. It’s recommended to have a variety of lenses for different perspectives.

Q: Can I use my smartphone for photography?
A: Yes, smartphones with good camera capabilities are welcome on the tour. However, having a dedicated camera with manual settings can offer more creative control.

Q: Is transportation provided during the tour?
A: The tour may include transportation to various photography spots within Sarnath, ensuring convenient access to the key attractions.

Q: Are there any specific times for optimal photography lighting?
A: The guides will schedule the tour to take advantage of the best natural lighting conditions, often during the golden hours of early morning or late afternoon.

Q: Will I learn photography techniques during the tour?
A: Yes, the guides will share photography tips and techniques, helping you understand composition, lighting, angles, and more to enhance your skills.

Q: Can I expect to capture both cultural and natural aspects of Sarnath?
A: Absolutely, the tour is curated to offer a balanced mix of cultural sites and serene landscapes, allowing you to capture the holistic essence of Sarnath.

The Sarnath Photography Tour offers an enriching opportunity to blend photography with exploration, fostering a deeper appreciation for the artistic and spiritual treasures of this revered destination.

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