The Ramnagar fort lies about 14 km. from Varanasi and is situated on the opposite bank of river Ganga. It is the ancestral home of the Maharaja of Banaras. Maharaja Balwant Singh built this fort-palace in the eighteenth century. The fort is built in red sandstone. The Ramnagar fort has a temple and a museum within the grounds and the temple is dedicated to Ved Vyasa, who wrote Mahabharata, the great Indian epic. Legends have it that Ved Vyasa stayed here for a brief period.
The Ramnagar fort houses a museum displaying the Royal collection which
includes vintage Cars, Royal palkies, an armory of swords and old guns,
ivory work and antique clocks. The Durga Temple and Chhinnamastika
Temple are also Located at Ramnagar. A temple of Dakshin Mukhi Hanuman
is there. Inside the giant walls of the Ramnagar fort-palace, there is a
big clock. This clock not only displays year, month, week and day but
also astronomical facts about the sun, moon and constellation of stars.
An interesting array of ornate palanquins, gold-plated howdahs and
weapons are some of the artifacts on display in the Ramnagar fort-palace
The Ramnagar fort, also called the fort palace, is the ancestral home of the former Maharaja of Benaras.