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Welcome to Ramnagar Fort

The residence of the Maharaja of Varanasi, Ramnagar Fort, rises above the Ganges near Assi Ghat. It is best to consider the fortifications, especially impressive at the end of the day, from the opposite side of the river, which can be reached by road leading south from the BHU territory, and then through the shaky pontoon bridge. During the monsoon rains, the bridge is dismantled, and it is replaced by a ferry, which is still better than the long main road that crosses the river along Malavia's main bridge in the north, and then continues along the eastern bank of the river. You can also get there by hiring a boat from Dashashwamedha Ghat. Inside, the decoration of the fort is evidence of the wealth of the Maharaja and its continuing influence.

In the dusty and poorly contained museum (from 9.00 am to noon and from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm), exhibits of the decadent past are represented: horses for harnessing horses, old cars, palanquins, gilded and silver colored seats for elephant riding (howdahs), hukki - Smoking pipes, suits and old silks in a miserable state - all this is part of the collection, as well as a weapons room, a collection of small items made of ivory, astronomical clocks and hunting trophies.

Some visitors reported how they drank tea with the very friendly maharajas after a chance meeting with him. Through the courtyard is a section dedicated to the procession of Ram Lila and the festivities that take place during Dussehra (oct). Varanasi is famous for the local procession of Ram Lila, during which the city is filled with excerpts from the Ramayana, and the Maharaja sponsors three weeks of intense festivities.

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