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, I have 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.

IMPORTANT COVID-19 ESSENTIALS

Other health necessities


  • Emergency water purifier

    Some areas of this country may have unreliable tap water, so it's useful to have an emergency water purifier like this one.


  • Travel first aid kit

    This one is a good value.


  • Emergency rapid COVID-19 test

    U.S. residents can get them free here. Otherwise, you can buy them here.


  • Emergency motion sickness relief

Don't forget these

Activities for Varanasi, India

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

Mosques often require certain dress, so if you intend to check out the must-see Alamagir Mosque, take the following:

Note that there may be restrictions on who is allowed to enter the mosque; you should check with the Varanasi tourism authority.

If you check out a temple, such as Bharat Mata Temple, wear:

We also recommend these top tours in and around Varanasi.

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

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January

If you go to Varanasi in January, you will notice that it is warm. Daytime temperatures are in the 70s F (low 20s C).

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February

February in Varanasi is extremely warm. Temperatures average in the low 80s F (high 20s C) during the day.

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March

If you go to Varanasi in March, you will notice that it is consistently hot. Daytime temperatures are in the low 90s F (low 30s C).

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April

If you vacation in Varanasi during April, you might see that it is blindingly 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).

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May

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

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June

June in Varanasi can be sizzling. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 100s F (high 30s C).

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July

If you go to Varanasi in July, you will notice that it can be sizzling. Daytime temperatures are in the low 90s F (mid 30s C).

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August

August in Varanasi can be very hot. Temperatures average in the low 90s F (low 30s C) during the day.

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September

If you go to Varanasi in September, you will notice that it is extremely hot. Daytime temperatures are in the low 90s F (low 30s C).

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October

If you go to Varanasi in October, you will notice that it is consistently hot. Daytime temperatures are in the low 90s F (low 30s C).

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November

If you vacation in Varanasi during November, you may see that it is pretty consistently hot. Temperatures tend to hover around the 80s F (high 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 50s F (mid 10s C).

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December

If you go to Varanasi in December, you will notice that it is warm. Daytime temperatures are in the 70s F (mid 20s C).

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