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#5 of 82 Places To Visit in Varanasi
ramnagar fort
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Kila Road, Crossing, Ram Nagar, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221008, India
entry fee
per person for adults
per person for children
All days of the week
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
visit duration
Around 2 to 3 hours

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Ramnagar Fort was built by Maharaja Balwant Singh in 1750 as his residential palace. An astronomical and astrological wonder, this fort imposingly stands as an example of strength and steadiness to the city. A fine blend of Indian and Islamic style of architecture, the fort has been constructed with red stone. The fort ans its surroundings are majestically decorated during the festive occasion of Dussehra.

The major attraction of the fort is popularly known as 'Durbar Hall', the hall of public audience. The palace houses a museum, which is known as Maharaja Banaras Vidya Mandir Museum. This museum has a huge collection of an array of items including howdahs and palanquins made of silver and ivory, brocade costumes, weapons, expensive coaches carved in ivory. An interesting item housed here is the 'Dharam Ghari', a huge clock made by the court astronomer of Benaras in 1852 AD, which apart from showing the time, day, week and year, also baffles the onlooker with astronomical facts about the moon, sun and constellation of stars. 

Within the premises of Ramnagar Fort, there is a temple which is dedicated to Ved Vyas. The author of Mahabharata, the great Indian epic, he is believed to have stayed here for a short period. The temple consists of three lingams representing Kashi Vishwanath (Lord Shiva), Vyasa and Suka, his son.

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Vishal Singh
Vishal Singh
shameful for management and administration of this fort.
Jun 22 2014
i belong to varanasi and feel ashamed on the behalf of the administration of the fort and museum. considering the value of rare objects here, the level of cleanliness and maintenance is for too insulting. still if you visit this place , do ask for f ...... read more
Ananya Deva
Ananya Deva
Mar 28 2014
The residence of the maharaja of Banaras, the fort has a museum displaying exquisite artifacts from the 17th and 18th centuries. It is not very well maintained though.