Some 10 km from the downtown of the Varanasi city, there lies a historical marvel - Ramnagar Fort. Constructed in the 17th century, this renowned historical site in Varanasi lies on the eastern bank of the River Ganges. Within the complex of the fort, there is a museum and a temple that are worth a visit. The temple is devoted to Ved Vyas - the one who wrote the Hindu epic Ramayana. There is another temple within the vicinity of Ramnagar Fort which is dedicated to Lord Hanuman. Whereas, the museum displays a rich and unique assortment of vintage cars, ivory work, swords and old guns, palanquins and antique clocks that belong to royal families. This museum was once used as the Darbar Hall of this popular fort in Varanasi. It also houses elephant saddles, silk costumes and jewellery. The talk of the exhibition of the museum is the black musical instrument, which unfortunately has turned into white, and an astronomical clock. This clock is known for a unique feature. It not only shows the time but also the year, month, week and day. Along with that, it also tells the astronomical detail and position of the sun, moon, stars and other planets. During the festival of Dushhera, the fort becomes a must-visit tourist site in Varanasi as it lits up with colour and life. Since its inception, the fort has been used as the home of Kashi Naresh and his family. Therefore, a part of this tourist attraction in Varanasi is open for public.
Ramnagar Fort was built in the year 1750 by the Kashi Naresh, Raja Balwant Sing. The inscription found on the fort’s outer ramparts tells this famous tourist site in Varanasi date back to the eighteenth century.
The construction of Ramnagar Fort boasts an impressive Mughal architectural design and is beautifully adorned with chunar sandstone. The fort is built on a high elevated platform and comprises many carved balconies, pavilions and spacious courtyards. The fort has two white towers that can be reached by climbing a few steps.
Mirzapur - Varanasi Road, Purana, Ramnagar, Uttar Pradesh 221008, India.
Opening & Closing Timings
Being one of the top places of tourist interest in Varanasi, the fort of Ramnagar remains open all days a week. One can pay a visit to the fort site on any day from 10 in the morning to 5 in the evening.
The entry fee to Ramnagar Fort varies for both Indian travellers and international tourists.
- For Indians: 50 INR Per Head
- For Foreigners: 200 INR Per Head
Nearby Tourist Attractions
Along with the fort, tourists can also visit various other equally enthralling tourist places of Varanasi that are located in the near proximity to Ramnagar Fort.
- Panchganga Ghat
- Nepali Temple
- Scindia Ghat
- Yoga Training Centre
- Dasaswamedh Ghat
- Ganesh Mandir Ghat
- Beni Mahadev Temple
- Alamgir Mosque
- Banaras Toy Museum
- Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple
- Banaras Hindu University
- Hindu Kala Bhavan
- Jantar Mantar