Varanasi, this ancient city is one of the most holy places in the country revered and visited not just by devout Hindus but also by common tourists. If you are on a long trip and can find some time out even after those visits to the various ghats and temples of Varanasi, it is not a very bad idea to plan Excursions from Varanasi. There are some very interesting places in and around Varanasi and tourists are sure to enjoy their visits to these places.
Sarnath, Jaunpur and Kaushambi are some of the places that can be considered when one is thinking of Excursions from Varanasi. Sarnath, at a distance of just about 10 km from Varanasi is one of the most important pilgrim centers for the Buddhists.
Here that Buddha preached his first sermon after becoming "The Enlightened One". The Dhamekha Stupa marks this spot. Apart from this there are several other places that are a must visit when on a visit to Sarnath and these include the Ashoka Pillar, the Choukhandi Stupa and the Mulagandha Cute Vihar. The museum has a good collection of Buddhist sculptures and relics, so keep some time reserved for a visit.
Located just 58 km from Varanasi, Jaunpur is another place which can be visited if you are planning Excursions from Jaunpur. Apart from the famous Jaunpur fort, it boasts of several other structures that are a fine amalgamation of Hindu and Muslim architectural style. Most of them are religious buildings and are well worth a visit for those who want to witness some impressive manifestations of good architectural skills other than the religious minded devotees who frequent them.
Yet another place which is regarded as a great center of Buddhist art and culture and a good option for those who are thinking of Excursions from Varanasi is Kaushambi. One of the two pillars built by Emperor Ashoka way back in the 4th century is still to be seen here. This along with the ruins of Parikshit's fort constitutes the major tourist attractions in Kaushambi.