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Bharat Kala Bhavan in Varanasi

·  Summer: 32°C-46°C
·  Winter: 5°C-15°C
·  Monsoon: July-September
Best time to visit:  October-March

Opening Time: 11:00 a.m.
Closing Time: 04:30 p.m.
Weekly Holiday: Sunday

Entry Fees for Indians Adults:  INR 5
Children:  N/A
Cameras:  INR 10
Video Camera:  N/A
Entry Fees for Foreign Nationals Adults:  INR 20
Children:  N/A
Cameras:  INR 10
Video Camera:  N/A
Banaras Hindu University, one of the oldest institutes in India, houses the very popular Bharat Kala Bhavan Museum which displays the best of Indian history, heritage and culture. There are many sections with exhibits ranging from beautiful paintings and religious artefacts to archaeological items and costumes and textiles. Manuscripts, jewellery items, bronze statues, decorative art items and materials related to Indian philosophy and literature are other highlights.

Among many galleries is Nidhi Gallery (for which you need to pay addition fee), which houses rare items like coins, terracotta figures, precious and semi-precious stones, coins and royal antiques. Other galleries in the museum include Textile Gallery, Chhavi Gallery, Terracotta Gallery, Numismatic Gallery and Archaeological Gallery among others.  

Items at the museum belong to different eras, including Gupta Kingdom period, Mughal Era and others. The place allows wonderful exploration of India through different centuries.

Video photography is prohibited. Permit and fee required for documentary shooting.

Road: Varanasi has excellent road connectivity (via National Highways 2, 7, 29 and 56) with many popular cities like Kolkata, Agra, Delhi, Allahabad, Kanpur and Lucknow and there are frequent bus services that operate on these routes. Bharat Kala Bhavan is located within Banaras Hindu University which is easily accessible in taxis, auto-rickshaws and cycle-rickshaws.

Railway: Varanasi Junction Railway Station is merely 2 km. from the museum and Mughal Sarai Railway Station is only 20 km. away. Trains connect these stations with many cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Lucknow.

Airway: Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport is 24 km. away and it is served by flights to and from Delhi, Mumbai, Khajuraho, Kolkata, Kathmandu and many other destinations.