|Location||Rajpath Marg (Road) in Sarnath, at a distance of 9 km from Varanasi city, U.P., India|
|Timings||Sunrise-Sunset, opens on all days|
|How to reach||By taxi, auto rickshaw from Varanasi/cycle rickshaw/on foot from any part of the town|
The first monument that one encounters while entering Sarnath is Chaukhandi Stupa. It is a square edifice with an octagonal tower at the top. This site makes the actual spot where Buddha, after enlightenment re-met the five ascetics (who had left him earlier in disgust) and who went on to become his first five disciples. It is actually a lofty mound of brick work. During Gupta period (4th-6th Century) this was in the form of a terraced temple.