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Ramnagar Fort in Varanasi is an historical monument that has managed to preserve the old age charm of the city. Merging seamlessly with the everyday rituals and activities that so characteristically describe Varanasi, the fort now presents itself to art lovers and historians alike. Located on the Ram Nagar road which leads east from the BHU, the Ramnagar fort lies about 14 km. from Varanasi across the river Ganga.
Maharaja Balwant Singh also known as Maharaja of Kashi built this fort during the 18th century as his residence. Till date, the fort continues to serve as the ancestral home of the royal family members. built this fort-palace in the eighteenth century. Built from red sandstone, the architecture of the fort is worth admiring, and so are the several famous building located inside. A temple dedicated to Ved Vyasa, the author of the great Indian epic Mahabharata exists here as it is believed that he spent a brief period of his life within the fort. The Durga Temple, the Chhinnamastika Temple and the Dakshin Mukhi Hanuman temple is also located nearby.
There also exists a museum within the fort displaying splendid collection of armories, swords and vintage guns, vintage cars, antique articles, ivory works and souvenirs. Elephant howdahs made of silver and gold, palanquins, replicas of old weapons and royal bed etc. are also on display. The most famous construction inside the fort is indeed the 'Durbar Hall' or the Hall of public audience. The tastefully designed marble interiors and architecture that showcases a fine synthesis of Hindu and Muslim styles of architecture is sure to leave the visitors spellbound.