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Ramnagar Fort Museum

Location: Ramnagar Fort Museum is located at a distance of 14 kms from Varanasi city centre and 2 kms from Banaras Hindu University on the opposite bank of River Ganga.

How to Reach: Ramnagar Fort Museum can be reached by auto-rickshaws, cycle rickshaws, taxis or by boat. There is a well maintained garden within the fort which forms the approach to the palace and the Museum.

Visit Timings: 9 am to Noon and 2 pm to 5.30 pm.

                               Opens daily except for holidays.

Contact: +91 542 2339322

Highlights

Ramnagar Fort Museum is known as Saraswati Bhawan and housed in a hall which used to be the Darbar Hall or the Public Audience Hall of the fort. Ramnagar Fort Museum attracts thousands of tourists every year and is very famous for its unusual and rare collections of American vintage cars, bejeweled sedan chairs, ivory work, medieval costumes, gold and silver brocaded royal Palakis (Palanquins in the shape of a lotus flower). Ramnagar Fort Museum has elephant saddles carved out of silver, jewellery, costumes made of kimkhwa silk, textiles of various kinds, an impressive armoury hall with swords, old guns from Africa, Burma and Japan. The museum displays old armoured matchlocks, ornate hookahs, daggers, portraits of Maharajas, black musical instruments and also a rare astronomical clock. This clock shows not only the time but also the year, month, week and day, and the astronomical details of the Sun, Moon and other planets. This clock was made in 1852 by the Astronomer at the Court of the Royal Palace of Varanasi. In addition, ancient manuscripts, especially religious writings, are housed in the museum. Ramnagar Fort Museum also displays a precious handwritten manuscript by Goswami Tulsidas. Many books illustrated in the Mughal miniatures style, with beautifully designed covers are also part of the collections. There are five hundred and thirty-five illustrations expressing Islamic ethos, each having a decorative border with ornate floral designs or cartouches.