Varanasi, India: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2022]

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Traveling to Varanasi, India? If you're planning to go to Varanasi, this is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack.

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About your travel guide

Hi! I'm Dev. I've traveled all over the world and in my travels, I have made many packing lists. In this series, my team and I have compiled the most useful information, as well as things we couldn't live without, to help you plan your trip.


When to go to Varanasi, India

Based on the climate and weather in Varanasi, the best time to go is November. See below for details.

Important essentials for Varanasi, India

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Varanasi, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

COVID-19 ESSENTIALS FOR 2022


  • Travel insurance

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  • A vaccine card protector

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  • Hand sanitizer

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  • Travel disinfecting wipes

    Use these to sanitize plane and hotel surfaces.


  • Kids' KN95 masks

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  • N95 masks to use in crowded airports

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General health necessities

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What to wear/what to pack for Varanasi, India by month

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January

If you visit Varanasi during January, you are likely to notice that it is a perfect temperature. Temperatures tend to hover around the 70s F (low 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 40s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

Mosques often require certain dress, so if you plan to visit the stunning Alamagir Mosque, take the following:

Note that there may be restrictions on who may enter the building; you should check with the Varanasi tourism authority.

February

If you visit Varanasi during February, you will probably find that it is pretty consistently hot. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 80s F (high 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 50s F (low 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

Mosques often require certain dress, so if you plan to visit the stunning Alamagir Mosque, take the following:

Note that there may be restrictions on who may enter the building; you should check with the Varanasi tourism authority.

March

Traveling to Varanasi in March, you will notice that it can be very hot. Daytime temperatures are in the low 90s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

Mosques often require certain dress, so if you plan to visit the stunning Alamagir Mosque, take the following:

Note that there may be restrictions on who may enter the building; you should check with the Varanasi tourism authority.

April

If you visit Varanasi during April, you might find that it can be excruciatingly hot. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 100s F (high 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 70s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

Mosques often require certain dress, so if you plan to visit the stunning Alamagir Mosque, take the following:

Note that there may be restrictions on who may enter the building; you should check with the Varanasi tourism authority.

May

Traveling to Varanasi in May, you will notice that it is sweltering. Daytime temperatures are in the 100s F (low 40s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

Mosques often require certain dress, so if you plan to visit the stunning Alamagir Mosque, take the following:

Note that there may be restrictions on who may enter the building; you should check with the Varanasi tourism authority.

June

June for Varanasi is blindingly hot. Temperatures average in the low 100s F (high 30s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

Mosques often require certain dress, so if you plan to visit the stunning Alamagir Mosque, take the following:

Note that there may be restrictions on who may enter the building; you should check with the Varanasi tourism authority.

July

If you visit Varanasi during July, you might see that it is sweltering. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 90s F (mid 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

Mosques often require certain dress, so if you plan to visit the stunning Alamagir Mosque, take the following:

Note that there may be restrictions on who may enter the building; you should check with the Varanasi tourism authority.

August

If you visit Varanasi during August, you will probably find that it is constantly hot. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 90s F (low 30s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

Mosques often require certain dress, so if you plan to visit the stunning Alamagir Mosque, take the following:

Note that there may be restrictions on who may enter the building; you should check with the Varanasi tourism authority.

September

September in Varanasi can be sweltering. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 80s F (high 20s C) to low 90s F (low 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

Mosques often require certain dress, so if you plan to visit the stunning Alamagir Mosque, take the following:

Note that there may be restrictions on who may enter the building; you should check with the Varanasi tourism authority.

October

October can be sweltering. Temperatures average in the low 90s F (low 30s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

Mosques often require certain dress, so if you plan to visit the stunning Alamagir Mosque, take the following:

Note that there may be restrictions on who may enter the building; you should check with the Varanasi tourism authority.

November

If you are traveling to Varanasi in November, you will notice that it is extremely warm. Daytime temperatures are in the 80s F (high 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

Mosques often require certain dress, so if you plan to visit the stunning Alamagir Mosque, take the following:

Note that there may be restrictions on who may enter the building; you should check with the Varanasi tourism authority.

December

Traveling to Varanasi in December, you will notice that it is a perfect temperature. Daytime temperatures are in the 70s F (mid 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

Mosques often require certain dress, so if you plan to visit the stunning Alamagir Mosque, take the following:

Note that there may be restrictions on who may enter the building; you should check with the Varanasi tourism authority.

Activities for Varanasi, India

Here are some activity recommendations and activity-specific packing tips for Varanasi.

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