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Ashoka Pillar

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Address: Sarnath, Varanasi, India
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US$90.00*
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Private Tour: Full-Day Varanasi Tour including Sarnath and Evening Ganga Arti
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Half-Day Sarnath Tour from Varanasi

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Broken Pillar

Broken pieces of Ashoka pillar was well maintained.It was about 12 kilos from Varanasi inside the historical park. Migadawon(in Myanmar) is a Buddhist pilgrimage site, and is... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
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Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Broken pieces of Ashoka pillar was well maintained.It was about 12 kilos from Varanasi inside the historical park. Migadawon(in Myanmar) is a Buddhist pilgrimage site, and is dominated by a massive stupa, said to be where Buddha gave his first sermon in around 550 BC to his five disciples

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Davidsonville, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The broken base and middle section of the pillar erected by king Asoka to commemorate the spot where the Buddha gave his first sermon. The top of the pillar is extremely well preserved and featured in the nearby archaeological museum.

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India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ashokan pillar is the fragment of a 15.25 meter high monolithis pillar created by the mauryan emperor Ashoka(272-232) made of chunar sand stone. This bear the typical mauryan polish(remains same even after many centuries). The cylindrical shaft is slightly tapering with a diameter of 0.71mtr at the base & 0.56mtr at the top. It was one surmounted by the famous... More 

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

My wife and I visited the Ashoka pillar whilst visiting the main archaeological site during a trip to Sarnath whilst visiting Varanasi during a tour of northern India. Located about 10km from Varanasi, Sarnath is a Buddhist pilgrimage centre, and is dominated by a massive stupa, said to be where Buddha gave his first sermon in around 550 BC. Next... More 

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Haldwani, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

It is in Archaeological Museum at Sarnath. It is attractive, beautiful and awesome, you need time (minimum 3 hours) to see and understand sculptures of this museum. You can not take camera, cell phone, purse, bags etc inside the museum. Locker facility is available.

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Dhaka City, Bangladesh
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

Those who travel historical sites or ruins of the pasts, must bear in mind the importance of these items and the history behind them. Then you can appreciate and not say," Oh it is nothing, just some pillars" in a cage. They were constructed during the time of King Ashok and now part of India's National emblem. They are precious... More 

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Bengaluru, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

This is in the park near Dhamek Stupa. It is all broken and some parts are like lions and chakra are kept in the museum. Here only some pillar pieces are placed and is well protected with fence.

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Bengaluru, India
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Just because it is mentioned as Ashoka Pillar there is nothing important here. This is located inside Saranth park.

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Hyderabad, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Its awesome to see the pillar from the gupta period with inscriptions in the Brahmi script. This has so much significance ! it is depicted in our national flag ! Gave me goosebumps!

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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

Sarnath itself a very important place for tourist who travel Buddhist circuit as well as historic point of view.

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