Spent an entire morning and afternoon alone in Sarnath, 13 kms from Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh). In the distance is Dhamek Stupa, built in 500 CE atop an older Mauryan stupa (commissioned by King Ashoka in 249 BCE, says Wiki). ~
Sarnath is where Siddharth Gautam (the historical Buddha) transmitted his first teachings to a small group of people. The restless prince and the man torturing his own body (and rejecting other human beings) in hope of "enlightenment", were outgrown. The wise person - Rishi - had arrived...and he was ready to reach out. To me, no Buddhist site is more symbolically significant.