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A short distance from Varanasi is Sarnath, the place where Buddha gave the first sermon on the dharma. Considering how sacred and important this place is to Buddhists worldwide, we were expecting to see a lot more activity here - but there was hardly anyone around! The monuments, shrines, and old temples are decaying and not well-cared for. Compared to some of the great Buddhist shrines in Nepal, we were really disappointed at Sarnath - more evidence of the decline of Buddhism in India.