Being a part of North India, Varanasi faces the extreme kind of climate, very hot in summer and very cold in winter. The summer months are from May- July, when the maximum temperature goes up to 48 Degree Celsius. The months from July to September are the monsoon period, when occasional showers bring some relief to the scorching city. October onwards the weather starts becoming pleasant, and from November to March, is the best time to visit Varanasi. During this time the maximum temperature during the day would be about 15-20 degree Celsius and at night it could dip to 4 Degree Celsius.
Varanasi is abuzz with fairs and festivals all round the year. Almost every month, some important festival is celebrated in Varanasi. Besides festivals and holidays, many “Melas” or fairs are also held at Varanasi. At Varanasi, fairs and festivals are celebrated with traditional gaiety and fervour and are symbolic of celebration of life at its best. The festive atmosphere never seems to end in Varanasi. Being a holy town, the most popular festivals are the religious festivals like Diwali, Dussehra, Mahashivratri, Navratri, Buddh Purnima, Hanuman Jayanti and so on. One should not miss watching the Ramleela
(The story of Lord Rama) who is highly revered in North India, which takes place around Dussehra time.
Beware of pick pockets when you are in crowded places. Be very cautious of over friendly people and do not get into conversations with complete strangers. Some temples at Varanasi will not allow entry to foreigners, please respect that. Hire reputable and reliable guides from your hotel, and avoid the guides at the monuments as they could charge more and force you to go for shopping. Hire reliable taxis from your hotel, they are safer for you. Dress modestly, as too much skin show and public display of affection may warrant unnecessary attention. Drink bottled water, which is easily available at all local shops, and complimentary at the hotels. Do not encourage beggars on the roads. Do not go out alone at night, rather be in a group when you venture out at night. Keep some emergency numbers on speed dial in your phone, just in case you need them. Please keep your passport in a safe place in your hotel, you don’t need to carry it with you at all times.