Fort (16 Km): Located across the River Ganga is the attractive
fort of Ramnagar. Still the residence of the former Maharaja of
Varanasi, the fort has an interesting museum. The festival of
Dussehra is also celebrated here in the royal tradition.
(10 Km): The tranquil Deer Park at Sarnath is where the Buddha
preached his first sermon. Sarnath became one of the great centres
of Buddhism and the Emperor Ashoka erected magnificent stupas and
structures here. The Chines scholar Huien Tasang who came to Sarnath
in 640 AD was to write of the splendour of the city. Rediscovered
and excavated in 1836, Sarnath is once again a place of pilgrimage
where visitors come to pay homage to the great teacher.