Ramnagar Fort, Varanasi

Ramnagar Fort

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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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9 traveller reviews for Ramnagar Fort

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Amit Ghosh

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  • Amit Ghosh
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 20 photos
  • 345 Reviews
  •  15 helpful votes
  •  16070 readers

"Witness the history" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 days ago
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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Pritesh Mehta

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  • Pritesh Mehta
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"Eye-catching fort"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
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
  • 3 Reviews
  •  7 helpful votes
  •  2303 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
  •  3723 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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Priyanka Das

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  • Priyanka Das
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 12 Reviews
  •  100 helpful votes
  •  13980 readers

"The fort is definitely worth visiting"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 14, 2014
Most beautiful collection of different kind of watches. The museum is great. The fort is definitely worth visiting.The grand father clock was great. Do visit the place.
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Rajat Ashish

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  • Rajat Ashish
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 2 Reviews
  •  16 helpful votes
  •  1511 readers

"Historical place"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jul 19, 2014
The moment i entered the fort, i realized that I was in a different era. I got to see swords and rifles which was used in British era. Best view was at the fort of river Ganga.
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Thulaseedharan achary Neelakandan achary

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  • Thulaseedharan achary Neelakandan achary
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  • Lives in Punalur
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"On the banks of Ganga"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jul 12, 2014
I visited the fort on 7th July, 2014. The old fort is very attractive and interesting. A museum and a temple is also there. It is on the banks of Ganga.
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  • A S
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  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 451 Reviews
  •  2035 helpful votes
  •  484914 readers

"The haunted history"

  • 1.5/7
  • Posted Apr 21, 2014
This is the most disappointing fort that I have ever visited. There was no maintenance at all. I think trip to this place is a total waste of money. All said and it is a heritage property and have some great collections from the royal family. But the state that it is in is shameful.
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Ravindra babu Pidikiti

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  • 17 Reviews
  •  54 helpful votes
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"Be a witness to ancient culture"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jan 24, 2014
Though it appears small from outside it is quite a big place once you go inside. There is a museum with good collection of valuable and priceless items.
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