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“Unusual and Fascinating”
Review of Ramnagar Fort

Ramnagar Fort
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Full-Day Varanasi Tour with Sunrise Ganges Cruise and Classical Dance Show
Ranked #29 of 110 things to do in Varanasi
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Reviewed July 6, 2013

Well, what a strange experience that proved to be. It started with our driver taking us over the Pontoon Bridge from Varanasi to Ramnagar when we seemed to be the only vehicle going in that direction with massed traffic coming back into Varanasi. However we all squeezed past each other to arrive at the Fort . Having paid the tourist rate to enter you travel through a series of fairly dark rooms seeing endless fascinating and no doubt very valuable items all in a sorry state of disrepair. However, in some strange way this seems to add to the mystery of the place and the cars, carriages,firearms do not seem incongrous. Having finally passed through the various rooms,stairs and underpasses you then reach the Banks of the Ganges and have a great view back to the city. A somewhat strange, quirky visit but quite memorable

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Reviewed May 3, 2013

Ramnagar Fort is located about 14 km from Varanasi railway station or 2 km from Banaras Hindu University. A temporary bridge n ear BHU over the river Ganges connects Varanasi and Ramnagar. From 10am to 5pm it opens daily. Entry Fee is Rs. 20 for locals and Rs. 150 for foreigners. 31 day long Ramleela is performed here every year in the month of Sept.- Oct. Indian Prime minister Late Mr. Lal Bahadur Shastri hails from this city.
Ram nagar was the seat of King of Benaras. This Fort now has a museum and residence of the king. Rishi Ved Vyas temple and Shiva temple are also located inside the fort on the banks of River Ganges.
Many carved balconies, open courtyards & pavilions are there.The Museum displays royal collection of old armory, swords, old guns, vintage cars, antique clocks, ivory work, medieval costumes, gold & silver royal Palanquins, elephant saddles carved out of silver, jewellery, furniture, costumes, etc.
The sad part is its poor maintenance, and museum display without much explanations. Photography is prohibited. Include this in your itinerary if you have some extra days in Varanasi or if you have interest in History. Otherwise you can give a skip to this place.

6  Thank RajnishPathak
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Reviewed April 25, 2013

Its a nice place to visit actually the building structure but there is nothing much to see with the antique collection. Building structure and the view of Ganga river is amazing.

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Reviewed April 23, 2013

From the guide book (lonely planet) I had great hopes for interesting things. The interesting things were on display, but in a sad and dirty museum space. There was very little explanation of the items and most things were in a poor state of repair. The buildings are beautiful, but very dilapidated. As registered resident foreigners we got the entrance tickets for the local rate, but were particularly offended to have to prove our status again half way around. The view of the river is nice, but this was not not a highpoint of my visit to Varanasi.

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Reviewed April 6, 2013

Ramnagar Fort was one of many places included on the Varanasi city tour we booked through the hotel, otherwise I doubt we would have bothered to visit it. We certainly weren't expecting much after reading the reviews here!

But my husband and I really enjoyed it - there are some interesting pieces here that you just aren't going to see anywhere else. Its not your typical museum, that's for sure! Its very sad that its so neglected, and rare and valuable pieces are in some cases being left to fall apart.

You also get a wonderful view of the other side of the Ganges from the fort.

If you like antiquities and oddities, and have a bit of time to spare while in Varanasi, then definitely make sure to pay the fort a visit.

2  Thank Satyaloka
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