Best time to visit Varanasi

The best time to visit Varanasi is during the winter months, from November to February, when the weather is relatively pleasant and comfortable. Here's why:

  1. Weather: Varanasi experiences extreme temperatures during the summer and monsoon seasons. Summers (March to June) are scorching hot with temperatures often exceeding 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit). Monsoons (July to September) bring heavy rainfall and high humidity. Winter, on the other hand, offers a mild and pleasant climate with temperatures ranging from 5 to 25 degrees Celsius (41 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit), making it ideal for sightseeing and outdoor activities.

  2. Festivals and Events: Varanasi is known for its vibrant festivals and cultural events. The winter season aligns with several important festivals like Diwali (October/November), Dev Deepawali (November), and Makar Sankranti (January). These festivals showcase the city's cultural heritage and offer a unique opportunity to witness traditional rituals and celebrations.

  3. Ganga Aarti: The famous Ganga Aarti ceremony held at various ghats in Varanasi, including Dashashwamedh Ghat and Assi Ghat, is a major attraction for visitors. During the winter months, the evening Aarti is more comfortable to attend as the weather is pleasant, and the riverbank breeze adds to the experience.

  4. Sightseeing and Exploration: Varanasi has numerous historical sites, temples, and ghats that are best explored in favorable weather conditions. The mild winter weather allows visitors to comfortably explore the narrow lanes of the old city, visit temples, take boat rides on the Ganges, and witness the city's cultural and spiritual offerings.

  5. Photography Opportunities: The soft winter light and clear skies create excellent conditions for photography. The golden hues of sunrise and sunset over the Ganges and the beautifully illuminated ghats during evening Aartis offer stunning visual opportunities for photographers.

While winter is generally considered the best time to visit Varanasi, it is worth noting that the city attracts pilgrims and tourists throughout the year. The summer and monsoon seasons may have their own charm and significance for certain travelers, but the comfortable weather and festive atmosphere of winter make it the preferred time for most visitors.