Ramnagar Fort Overview

Ranked 27 of 117 sightseeing in Varanasi

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.

What travellers are saying about Ramnagar Fort

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  • Best Time: During DayLength of visit: 1-2hrs
  • Length of visit: 2-3hrsBest Time: During Day
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Operating hours

Monday - Friday:
10:00 AM -5:00 PM
10:00 AM -5:00 PM
10:00 AM -5:00 PM
Public Holidays:
10:00 AM -5:00 PM

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Reviews and Ratings

Ranjit Dutta

Ranjit Dutta2.1/5

1 review

Poor maintenance of Ramnagar fort

Important fort but maintenance is very poor. No sufficient light, most of the things in museums are full of dust. 50.00 entry for this fort are expected to be well maintained. We are very disappointed. Photos are not permitted in this fort, only outside of the fort we can, not inside the museum.

Rahul Chatterjee

Rahul Chatterjee4.3/5

10 reviews

Glimpse of modern history

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 canons 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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Akanksha Rai

Akanksha Rai4.3/5

1 review

Very nice Fort

This is very historical fort i went here before a month with my frienda this is really a nice place to go we drink lassi too which ia very famous in ramnagar.

Sukanya  Rai

Sukanya Rai4.3/5

1 review

A historical fort

Ramnagar a part of varanasi is famous for two things first its 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 its see the river ganga and many more and dont forget to drink atleast one glass of lassi too...

Ajay Nishad

Ajay Nishad5.0/5

3 reviews

Historical fort in Varanasi

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.

Sumit Sen

Sumit Sen4.3/5

559 reviews

Witness the history

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.

Mukesh Singh

Mukesh Singh4.6/5

27 reviews

Ancient Fort constructed with Red stones

The fort is very ancient & 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.

Shweta Jha

Shweta Jha3.6/5

34 reviews

A place not to miss

The fort is a must visit when one is 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. Its best to have a tour guide if going there for the first time.

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Pritesh Mehta

Pritesh Mehta5.0/5

512 reviews

Eye-catching fort

It is build by Maharaja Balawant Singh in 17 th 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 build with precious marble stone and glossy marble stone give the fort caching eyes apperence.

Mayank Singh

Mayank Singh2.9/5

8 reviews

No maintenance and cleanliness

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.