Nestled on the banks of the Ganges, the spiritual city of Varanasi serves as a major religious center for the Hindus. Also known as Kashi and Benares, the sanctimonious city of Varanasi, which is also one of the oldest cities in the world, is one of the most flocked pilgrim’s destinations in India. With its numerous temples, ghats, ashrams and other religious centers, the city allures tourists from far and wide, who come to this holy land to wash away their sins and sickness and to achieve ‘moksha’. Serving as a melting point between Indian philosophy and civilization, Varanasi has been s home to hoards of eminent Indian philosophers, poets and writers whose influence on city’s culture is clearly reflected in the city’s music, literature, art and crafts. If you are planning a trip to the sanctified city of Varanasi, make sure you visit the place at the right time to make the most of your visit.
When To Go To Varanasi
Posited in the northern part of India and close to the tropic of cancer, Varanasi experiences subtropical climate, resulting in a huge variation in temperature between summer and winter. The simmering hot summer season, which persists from April to June, is marked by extremely dry, humid and sunny days with the temperature ranging between 320C to 460C. The city receives heavy showers during the monsoon months of June, July, August and September, during which the humidity level of the city soars up. The winter season, which lasts from October to March, is cold with the average temperature ranging from 50C to 150C.
Best Time To Explore The City
Being the ultimate pilgrimage hub for the Hindus, Varanasi attracts thousands of devotees every year, irrespective of its time and season. Although many would argue that there is no inappropriate time to visit a place of such sanctimonial importance, you can always make the most of your trip by visiting the city anytime between October to April. However, if you are someone who wouldn’t really like to make a holy dip in river Ganges during these freezing months of the year, then you can visit Varanasi anytime between November and March, when the weather is cooler and much pleasant. All said and done, if you wish to bask in the real delight of Varanasi, the visiting the city during the festive months would be the most appropriate.
Things To Do
Varanasi, also known as the temple city, is flooded with shrines of historical and religious importance. Kashi Vishwanath temple, which is the major attraction of the city, is an absolute must visit place in Varanasi. Apart from this, there are other shrines and buildings in Varanasi like the Birla temple, Tulsi Manas temple, New Vishwanath Temple, Banaras Hindu University and Jantar Mantar. On your visit to this place, you can cruise down the Ganges in a boat, visit the famous Monkey Temple or take a quick dip on the ghats of the Ganges. To experience the authentic charm of the city, you can wander down the narrow alleys of the city, shop for famous Benarasi Silk Saris, walk along the ghats or just feast on the local peda and lassi.