Ramnagar Fort, Varanasi

Ramnagar Fort

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About Ramnagar Fort

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    • Entry: Paid
    • Timings - Opening & Closing: Monday - Friday: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM , Saturday: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM , Sunday: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM , Public Holidays: 10.00 AM - 5.00 PM

Ramnagar Fort attracts tourists from all over, which is situated on the opposite bank of river Ganges. Constructed in 18th century by Maharaja Balwant Singh, it is the ancestral home of the Maharaja of Banaras. The fort is built with red sandstone and houses a temple and a museum within the premises

The temple is dedicated to Ved Vyasa, the author of the Indian epic the Mahabharata. As per the legends, it is believed that Ved Vyasa resided within the fort for a short period.

The royal family of Banaras is also known as Maharaja of Kashi. At present, this fort continues to be the residential palace of the royal family of Varanasi. Durbar Hall also known as the hall of public audience is the most prominent attraction of the fort.

Constructed with marble stones and glossy stones, the fort features Indian as well as Islamic styles of architecture. The carved balconies, open courtyards and beautiful pavilions are the highlights of the fort. Owing to its rich cultural heritage, the fort has emerged as a prominent shooting destination for numerous Indian film makers.

Ramnagar Fort also houses the Durga Temple, temple of Dakshin Mukhi Hanuman and Chhinnamastika Temple. Apart from this, the main attraction of the fort is a big clock, which not only displays time, day, week, month and year but also provides accurate astronomical facts.

The annual month-long Ram Lila drama festival is organised in the narrow streets behind the fort. Situated at a distance of 14 km from Varanasi city centre, the fort can be reached with the availability of auto-rickshaws, cycle rickshaws and taxis.

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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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Sandeep Verma

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  • Sandeep Verma
  • Lives in Kanpur
  •  225 helpful votes
  • Posted Jan 28, 2016
Overall Rating
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Paras Sipani

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  • Paras Sipani
  • Lives in Varanasi
  •  137 helpful votes
  • Posted Jan 27, 2016
Overall Rating
  • 417

15 traveller reviews for Ramnagar Fort

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Rahul Chatterjee

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  • Rahul Chatterjee
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 10 photos
  • 10 Reviews
  •  4 helpful votes
  •  1682 readers

"Glimpse of modern history"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 3, 2016
A visit to Ramnagar Fort has an added advantage. Many people think that Benares is only meant for visiting temples. It is not so, many people miss out on the modern historical aspect of Benares. The fort is located on the River Ganges and offers a breathtaking view of the river from the fort. The pontoon bridge is clearly visible and offers a chance to see how people still cross the river. The fort is not very old and offers people an option to visit the museum inside the fort. The cannons and the ghat along the fort are worth visiting. One shouldn't miss the lassi that is available outside the fort. One sip and you feel that you are in heaven.
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  • 3 votes

Akanksha Rai

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  • Akanksha Rai
  • Lives in Kanpur
  • 1 Review
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  655 readers

"Very nice Fort"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 31, 2015
This is a very historical fort. I went here before a month with my friend. This is really a nice place to go. We drank Lassi too which is very famous in Ramnagar.
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Sukanya  Rai

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  • Sukanya Rai
  • Lives in Varanasi
  • 1 Review
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"A historical fort"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 30, 2015
Ramnagar a part of Varanasi is famous for two things first it's delicious lassi and second this beautiful fort. I can say only one thing about this place and that is go and see it and from top of it see the River Ganga and many more and don't forget to drink atleast one glass of lassi too.
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Ajay Nishad

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  • Ajay Nishad
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 3 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  1391 readers

"Historical fort in Varanasi"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 6, 2015
It is one of the old fort in Varanasi. The look of this fort is very attractive, this fort is just located near the Ganga River. The outside and inside above the area of the fort is very neat and clean. It is historical place therefore here many of the tourists are come to see these fort.
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Amit Ghosh

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  • Amit Ghosh
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  • 503 Reviews
  •  135 helpful votes
  •  217829 readers

"Witness the history"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Nov 25, 2015
Ramnagar Fort was built about two centuries back and still stands in glory in the heart of Benaras. Situated opposite Tulsi Ghat, Ramnagar Fort is a fine example of the Mughal architecture. Though the fort is charming and retains its past glory, it is not maintained well these days.
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Mukesh Singh

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  • Mukesh Singh
  • Lives in Mathura
  • 27 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  4139 readers

"Ancient Fort constructed with Red stones"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Oct 8, 2015
The Fort is very ancient and located just near to the Ganga. The Red stones are used in construction but most of the parts of the Fort is banned to view.
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Shweta Jha

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  • Shweta Jha
  • Lives in Patna
  • 24 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  1287 readers

"A place not to miss"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Sep 7, 2015
The Fort is a must visit when one you are in Varanasi. Apart from being the location for movie shootings, it is a place rich with Varanasi's history. The Fort has a museum inside displaying artefacts of Royal Family. It also has a small temple when you go further inside. But the best thing about this place is the scenic look of the river from here. It's best to have a tour guide if going there for the first time.
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Pritesh Mehta

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  • Pritesh Mehta
  • Lives in Baroda
  • 48 photos
  • 491 Reviews
  •  189 helpful votes
  •  242656 readers

"Eye-catching fort"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 25, 2015
It is built by Maharaja Balawant Singh in 17th century. It is located at bank of river Ganga. This is the royal residence of Maharaja Balwant singh. They are also known as King of Kashi. This fort is built with precious marble stone and glossy marble stone give the fort eye-caching appearance.
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Mayank Singh

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  • Mayank Singh
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 8 Reviews
  •  8 helpful votes
  •  9531 readers

"No maintenance and cleanliness"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Jul 26, 2015
I belong to Varanasi and feel ashamed on behalf of the administration of the Fort and the Museum. Considering the value of the rare objects here, the level of maintenance and cleanliness is far too insulting. Still if you visit this place, do ask for the Famous Lassi shop near the fort. You will surely love that.
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Shudhanshu Verma

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  • Shudhanshu Verma
  • Lives in Varanasi
  • 9 Reviews
  •  86 helpful votes
  •  5002 readers

"Authentic piece of history left"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 16, 2015
First when I visited there it looks like a royal palace nothing special, but when I crossed the entrance I have got to know that the place is a museum. Tons of Fords, Vintage cars, Roll Royce, general motors, Mercedes. I see there pistols that I would even know about their barrels are about 10m long and the smallest 1 is just 10cm. Skins of animals are just fab like tiger, all skins are before of 1970 so dont worry.
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  • 15 votes

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