Dhamek Stupa

Open Time : Open 24 hours

Entry : paid

Address : Dhāmek Stūpa, Dharmapala Road, Singhpur, Sarnath, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

Why to visit Dhamek Stupa

The deer park is symbolised by the Dhamek Stupa (Rishipattana). This park is very significant since it was where Buddha delivered his first lecture to his followers after achieving enlightenment and revealed his "Eightfold Path."


  • The cylindrical Dhamek Stupa building is made of red bricks and stones. The entire lower portion is beautifully decorated with sculpted stones.
  • With a base circumference of 28 metres and an impressive height of 43.6 metres, this stupa's entire construction stands proudly.
  • There are a total of 8 niches in the structure, each facing a different direction.
  • The inscriptions in the Brahmi Script are another noteworthy aspect of this ancient construction. At the Dhamek Stupa, there are also magnificently carved images of people and birds.

Things to do: 

  • At the stupa's entrance, there is a historical museum that details the significance of the structure for Buddhists. 
  • Everyone is expected to keep quiet and meditate in the area in front of the stupa because it is thought to be a special place among Buddhists. 
  • You must rely on the food stall inside the Stupa for refreshments because outside food is absolutely forbidden in the area.
  • A simple walk around the area, which is in a garden full of lovely flowers, can help you maintain your peace of mind.


  • The Stupa was originally established in the year 249 BCE, however it was refurbished and rebuilt in the year 500 BCE. 
  • The mortal remains of Lord Buddha are kept in one of the 8 stupas. 
  • The Dhamek Stupa was mentioned in the mystery/thriller debut book "The Emperor's Riddles" by Indian author Satyarth Nayak, which was originally shown at the New Delhi World Book Fair in February 2014.

Nearby Places: 

  • Ashoka Pillar (2 mins away)
  • Chaukhandi Stupa (3 mins away)
  • Sarnath Buddhist Temple (3 mins away)
  • Kashi Vishwanath Temple (32 mins away)

Entry Fees:

  • INR 5: For Indian citizens and visitors of SAARC and BIMSTEC nations.
  • INR 100: For Others
  • Entry is free for children up to 15 years of age. 

Light and Sound Show Tickets: INR 200


  • Sightseeing: 6:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Light and Sound Show: 6 pm 

Distance from Varanasi: 13 km

Architecture Style: Buddhist Art and Architecture

FAQ on Dhamek Stupa

What time of day is ideal for a trip to Dhamek Stupa?

To truly experience the Dhamek Stupa, it is always advised and suggested that you go there during either sunrise or sunset.

What are the nearby attractions close to Dhamek Stupa?

The nearby attractions include: Ashoka Pillar (2 mins away), Chaukhandi Stupa (3 mins away), and Sarnath Buddhist Temple (3 mins away).

What are the nearby restaurants close to Dhamek Stupa?

The nearby restaurants include: 1916 Cafe & Restaurant (29 mins away), The Heaven Light Cafe & Restaurant (42 mins away), and Highway Inn Buddha Restaurant (7 mins away).

What is the price of admission to Dhamek Stupa?

The fee is INR 5 for Indian nationals and visitors from SAARC and BIMSTEC countries, and INR 100 for everyone else. Children under the age of 15 are admitted free of charge.

How to reach Dhamek Stupa?

The Dhamek Stupa is situated 13 kilometres from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh, India. By air, rail, and roadways, Varanasi is well connected to various regions of India. Depending on how far the destination is from the hotel, one can rent a cab, an auto, or even a rickshaw.

Special Tip

Since cell phones are absolutely prohibited inside the area, it would be wise to leave them at home. Before entering the super, you must exercise particular caution regarding your clothing choices. Although wearing casual clothing is acceptable, wearing slippers in a venue like Dhamek Stupa is a big no-no.

By Rebecca Lal

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