Ramnagar FortCurrently Closed
- Address: Near Vyas Mandir, Ram Nagar, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001, India
- Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
- Ticket Price: 20 INR
- Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
- Tags: Historical Site, Memorial, Family And Kids, Fort
The Ram Nagar Fort bears brilliant testimony of a civilisation that disappeared. The Moghul Empire. The building was constructed with creamy coloured chunar sandstone. It was built in typical Mughal style of architecture, with engraved balconies, open court yards and rotundas. The fort was built on high ground and is located near the Ganges River on its eastern bank. Kashi Naresh Raja Balwant Singh built it in 1750 and housed a Veda Vyasa Temple, and a residential complex. It also has a museum and a Dakshin Mukhi temple of Hanuman facing the south. The current king, Anant Narayan Singh is the Maharaja of Varanasi though the royal title has been abolished in 1971.
The Ramleela fair started since the 18th century. It’s a month long festival depicting the life of Rama, ending up in ten day battle between Rama and Ravana. This is the story of the epic Ramayana. Ram Nagar got its name from this. Flanked by two white towers, the fort is a residential area of the King of Kashi. A small portion is open for the public, yet its historical look inspires filmmakers to use it for shooting.
The museum is known as the Vidya Mandir or Sarasvati Bhavan Museum and there is the Durbar Hall as well. Together they are a mirror image of courts back in primeval time. The museum houses a variety of Royal collection of old guns and traditional cars. It has an old armoury, swords, old armoured matchlocks and ornate hookahs. The walls are adorned with portraits of Maharajas, and a palki can be found as well. There are daggers, bejewelled sedan chairs, and silver elephant saddles carved in silver. Religious writings, old documents and antique pieces attracts historians to this museum.
In the month of October, Ramleela is celebrated annually and this attracts a large crowd. People celebrate the festival Dussehra by burning an effigy of the demon king Ravana. The celebration starts with King of Kashi coming to the fair on an ornamented elephant. He comes with his family to witness the victory of good over evil.
- Boats operate a shuttle service across the river.
- The fort is pretty dilapidated.
- There are monkeys everywhere, so be careful.
- Photography is not allowed inside the museum fort.
- The Vyas temple behind the fort is very nice.
- For Foreigner: INR150
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57.06% of people who visit Varanasi include Ramnagar Fort in their plan
11 AM - 12 PM
63.16% of people start their Ramnagar Fort visit around 11 AM - 12 PM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Ramnagar Fort
93.08% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Ramnagar Fort
200 Rupee entry fee for foreigners, but you can walk through the entry courtyard for free. The fort was built by the British and appears to have been untouched since they left. The building is aging poorly, but has some great photo opportunities. There is a terrace overlooking the river with a small temple.
A great historical artifact museum. Get a ticket for 50 and get to see the glimpse of the vehicles, untouched by time (really untouched ) , arms and weaponry, and the other specimen from those days. The main museum has much to offer. The outside has a garden and canons to pose. If you have an hour to spare go have a visit on a lonely afternoon.
This place is about 13-14 km from Varanasi Cantt. The fort is now turned into a museum.. Holds a great collection of weapons used during the British periods and before the.. the place boasts of the luxurious life a king used to live..
Good place to see. When you have seen lavish forts this place might not meet your expectations. The collection is superb but not maintained or kept clean.
The place is nice. The side of the fort facing the Ganges was the most lovely place to spend my time. However the museum needs a little overhauling. The articles and old cars, chariots etc kept over there were covered with a thick layer of dust. Museum should be kept well maintained specially when they have raised entry fee to ₹50 for locals. Paying₹50 and watching dust covered articles is not worth it.Reconstruction work was going on at some places when I visited so many spots were closed.