After spending a splendid time in the Durga temple on the first day of arrival at Varanasi, we decided to make a visit to the Ramnagar Fort which is known to be the ancient repository in the city from the Mahabharata times. The fort is located in the western bank of the river Ganges. Being located in the opposite direction to the Tulsi Ghat, the place provides a perfect ambience for devotion and worship.
We went to the Varanasi Cantt Railway station and traveled to the Ramnagar Fort which is located at a distance of 14 kilometers. The Banaras Hindu University is also at a distance of just 2 kilometers from the Ramnagar Fort. I had plans of visiting the university that day, but it could not be done owing to the constraint of time. The fort remains open from 10 am to 5 pm in the evening. We went to the fort at about 11 am in the morning and could see an optimum crowd spread uniformly all over the region.
There was a nominal entry charge for all of us. We could see majestic statues, antiques and equipments that were used in the wars during the ancient period. Vintage cars, swords, old armory, old guns and antique clocks are seen the fort which are preserved from the bygone era. It freshens up the memory and revises all the chapters we had learnt from the books. To reach at the fort, one may also choose ways through steamers and boats. But we chose the roadways as it was much convenient and less risky.
There is a museum and a darbar hall found in the Ramnagar Fort which represents the mirror image of the ancient times. There are cots made of gold and silver with different jewelries adorned in the shelves for the visitors. Furniture, silver elephant saddles, traditional costumes and bejeweled traditional sedan chairs are also presented in the fort which was used by the Kings during that period.
A famous festival called Ramlila is celebrated every year in the fort on the occasion of Dusshera. The festival is celebrated in the month of October and as we were there in March, we could not see the festival. In this festival, the dummy of Ravana is burnt and is celebrated with great pomp and show.