Varanasi, India: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

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

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.

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

January

January in Varanasi is a perfect temperature. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the high 40s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sandals
  • Light footwear
  • Dresses
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts
  • Shorts or short pants

February

February here is pretty consistently hot. Temperatures average in the low 80s F (high 20s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Dresses
  • Light footwear
  • Skirts
  • Sandals
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Long and short sleeve shirts

March

March in this region can be very hot. Temperatures average in the low 90s F (low 30s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Skirts
  • Dresses
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sandals
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Shorts
  • Sunglasses

April

If you vacation in Varanasi during April, you are likely to 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:

  • Extremely light dresses
  • Light skirts
  • Sandals
  • High-SPF sunscreen lotion
  • Thin tank or crop tops
  • Extremely thin shorts
  • Sarong
  • Sunglasses
  • Thin short sleeve shirts

May

If you are 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:

  • Sandals
  • Sunglasses
  • Sarong
  • Thin short sleeve shirts
  • High-SPF sunscreen lotion
  • Extremely thin shorts
  • Light skirts
  • Thin tank or crop tops
  • Extremely light dresses

June

June in Varanasi is unbearably hot. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 90s F (low 30s C) to low 100s F (high 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Thin tank or crop tops
  • Extremely light dresses
  • Sandals
  • Sarong
  • Extremely thin shorts
  • High-SPF sunscreen lotion
  • Sunglasses
  • Light skirts
  • Thin short sleeve shirts

July

July in Varanasi can be blisteringly hot. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 90s F (mid 30s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Thin short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts
  • High-SPF sunscreen lotion
  • Light shorts
  • Sunglasses
  • Thin pants, such as light khakis
  • Tank tops
  • Light dresses
  • Sandals

August

August in Varanasi is constantly hot. Temperatures average in the low 90s F (low 30s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sunglasses
  • Sandals
  • Shorts
  • Dresses
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Skirts

September

If you vacation in Varanasi during September, you are likely to find that it can be very 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:

  • Sunglasses
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sandals
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Shorts
  • Skirts
  • Dresses

October

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

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Shorts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Skirts
  • Sunglasses
  • Sandals
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Dresses

November

November is pretty consistently hot. Temperatures average in the 80s F (high 20s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Skirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Short sleeve shirts
  • Sunglasses
  • Dresses
  • Shorts
  • Sandals

December

December here is warm. Temperatures average in the 70s F (mid 20s C) during the day.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Dresses
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Skirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Light footwear
  • Sandals
  • Long and short sleeve shirts

Year-round what to wear/what to pack 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.

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types C, D and M
  • A SIM card that works in Varanasi
  • If you plan to visit a mosque, pack clothing that covers the knees and shoulders
  • If you are visiting a temple, pack respectful clothing
  • Appropriate museum wear
  • Bicycle friendly attire, if you plan on biking anywhere

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