The Historic Ramnagar Fort in Varanasi

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Varanasi is quite a heritage city and also a very popular tourist spot. Its popularity among tourists is so high that you are unlikely to find accommodation without prior Varanasi hotel booking. One of the most ancient and historic places in Varanasi is the Ramnagar Fort. Here’s all you want to know about it.

History

Situated 15 km from the city of Varanasi, the majestic Ramnagar Fort lies on the banks of the holy river Ganges and it is also the inherited home of the Maharaja of Kashi. It was constructed in 1740 by Naresh Raja Balwant Singh of Kashi.

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The fort is built with red sandstone and in a typical Mughal style of architecture that has stunning carved out patios and balconies all over. Following the typical style of architecture, here the citadel of the fort is constructed on high grounds in order to keep it elevated above the high flood level in times when river Ganges starts to overflow. The most significant build within the Ramnagar Fort is the Durbar hall or as it is also called – the hall of civic viewers since it provides a glimpse of the way the courts would exist in those days. Also, the fortress houses Ved Vyasa shrine, a residential compound of the king, and a museum.

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The museum inside the Ramnagar Fort shows a majestic compilation of a plethora of old armor, antique clocks, guns,  ivory work, medieval costumes, swords, vintage cars, silver and gold royal palki’s, elephant saddles made with silver, furniture, jewelry, amongst others. The fort also houses many unusual manuscripts, like the Mughal miniatures, that indeed are the most valued works of this place

The Fort is also renowned for its extravagant and grandeur festivity of the annual Dussehra. It is celebrated by organizing the Ramlila first for entire city to behold and Varanasi turns into a stage following the final and last “RavanDahan” that is held on the last day. Its enormity and appeal is something everyone should experience once for sure. But with lack of proper support from the government, the place is slowly losing its charm to various termites and the agents of gradation.

Best time to visit

This fort can be visited any time of the year, however October to March is the best time to visit Varanasi. You may also opt to visit the Fort during the occasion of Dussehrabut make sure you do advance booking resort Varanasi.

Trivia

The fort is very popular for its elaborate and majestic Dussehra celebration during which all of the city of Varanasi becomes a large stage. The act of Ramayana or the ‘Ramlila’ takes place in the premises of the fort and then a month long celebration goes on in different stages, and the various episodes from the Ramayana enacted. The fort has also been seen in a few movies which were shot there.

Timing

The fort opens every day at 10:00 am and gates close at 5:00 pm except on big Indian festivals i.e. Holi and Diwali.

If you love history, this place is a must visit.

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