Climate of Varanasi
Varanasi draws millions of visitors each year due to its religious importance. Situated at the bank of the holy river Ganga, also called as the Ganges, it experiences lots of variations in temperature. However, the dip and the rise in the mercury level do not deter pilgrims to stay away from coming to this holy city. In case the religious sentiment in you is propelling you to visit this ancient and sacred city, knowing about the climate of Varanasi beforehand will make it easy to decide which part of the year to visit and how to prepare for it.
Being strategically located on the Tropic of Cancer, Varanasi has a humid climate. Summer and winter are extreme. The temperature during the summer rises up to 45°C, and falls down to 7°C during the winter. The monsoon season brings down torrential rains and lots of humidity from July to September. But the real beauty of the city starts gleaming after the monsoon as the dirt and waste of the city get washed away, giving more space for greenery to breathe and soothe the mind and the senses of visitors.
Among all the three seasons in Varanasi, summer is the longest one. It starts from April and lasts up to October. Even the torrential rain could not bring the temperature down in the monsoon period. However, the best part of summer is that it keeps the city cool during the morning and after the sunset. So, if you want to utilize your free time during this period, you can do all the sightseeing in the morning and evening.
May is the hottest in Varanasi and is better to avoid going out during the day. June is also the same as May. However, the temperature mellows in July. It further falls down in August, but travelling becomes difficult as the rain keeps pouring down. September is a mixture of rain and humidity and also the end of the monsoon.
The weather of Varanasi becomes more pleasant and lovable as the winter comes in. Therefore, October to March is the best season to visit Varanasi as winter is in full swing during this period. The temperature during the day is bearable, and you can go out even when the sun is at its shining best. However, as the sun sets down, you will need a jacket, coat or a sweater to keep yourself warm. The temperature fluctuates in the range of 15°C to 20°C during the day and in between 10°C to 7°C in the evening. The coldest month is January, which can really tests your guts to bear the chilled weather. February is the month when you do not have to wear heavy woolen clothes, and is manageable with lighter ones. March is the best when you want the the sun to shine at its fullest, yet be gentle to your skin.
Hot and sunny weather, heavy rain, and freezing cold are the characteristics of Varanasi weather. If you love to be among the crowd, then winter is best for you to visit. If you want to be surrounded with fewer crowds, and can manage the heat, then you can prefer summer. Avoid the rainy season as far as possible since you may get indisposed.