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Best time to visit Varanasi

Varanasi Travel Guide

Varanasi is believed to be one of the oldest living city in world. Since centuries its name is changing but importance remain same as it is today. While visiting India, if you come across person in wild look with long hair with beard, saffron clothes with no luggage and question arise in your mind like who is he, why he is in such getup and how is his life then you should must visit Varanasi to understand this unique life-style. It is epicenter of Hinduism and its ideology. Varanasi is a city or place where death is believed to be auspicious. It is a must visit city for Hindu people. If one can't visit it in his lifetime, then after his death his ashes reach Varanasi or its nearby city Allahabad.

Festival Time
Varanasi city welcomes its visitors through the year. Here you can visit the city any time in any season. But for tourists who are in India after traveling thousands of kilometer distance for limited time and wish to cover as much as possible then then best time to visit Varanasi is considered between August and April. During this time climate will favorable which will make your traveling convenient. All important Hindu festivals like Dusshera & Diwali (Oct-Nov), Ramleela (Oct), Holi (March), Maha Shivratri (Feb), Hanuman Jayanti (April) celebrations can be witnessed during this time. After monsoon, river Ganges will have plenty of water and wider.

August to November
Months of August to April is a festive time in India. Festivals like Rakhi and Janamastami held in August. October month is the time for Ramleela in which state-shows are played in every locality by local artists portraying characters based on Hindu epic "Ramayana". Ramleela lasts from 15 to 20 days and finishes up on Dusshera festival day. Through this time Varanasi city remain decorated with lights and posters and shops remain open till late nights. On Dusshera festival day carnivals passes through streets in evening hours. Here in Benaras, royal family member from Ramnagar Fort also came out from fort, on decorated elephants, in carnival and register their presence in celebration. Trains and other modes of public transport remain fully packed due to huge public movement as everyone strives to remain at their home with their family members on festive time. So here it is highly recommended for tourists to make pre-booking of hotels and confirm travel-tickets.

November - December
Being in Central India, winters are moderate here in Varanasi and temperature remains around 10 to 20 °C in day-time. Early morning sunrise is captivating and photogenic in winters. As sun sets early in winters, one can enjoy ganga aarti in dark and lightening in local markets in wake of Christmas and new-year time. in Another time is June to September when one can see the holy river Ganges gets cleansed with the monsoon rain and a dip in the sacred water of Ganges is surely have soul cleansing effects on the devotees. The time between November to December brought a fascinating festival called Nag-Nathaiya, this festival is dedicated to Lord Krishna, according to Mahabharata (a great epic of Hindu religion), when Lord Krishna was playing the young Krishna lost his ball in the river Ganges. When the little Krishna dived into the river to get his ball back, he was confronted by King Cobra, Kalia. Recognizing the strength and power of Lord Krishna, King Cobra withdrew and lifted the little Krishna to the surface instead. Much to the delight of his friends, sitting on the hood of Kalia, Lord Krishna surfaced above the water.

January to April
From January to April festivals like Shivratri, Holi, Hanuman Jayanti can be witnessed. Since the holy city Benaras considered the city of lord Shiva, one of the main festival called Mahashivratri (the great night of Lord Shiva) celebrated here in fullest. It is dedicated to lord Shiva and comes on the dark fortnight of Phalguna (February/March). On this time throughout the day you can find long queue of devotees in Shiva temples. Temples were decorated with decorative lights. March month is the time when paddy crops are harvested in India and people celebrate this with their traditional festivals like Lohri in Punjab, Bihu in Assam and Pongal in South India. But Holi is the festival which is celebrated through the India in wider way people from all category. It is a festival of colors and water.

Conclusion note
As we know Sarnath is just 10 kms from Benaras. It is a important Buddhist tourism site as lord Buddha gave his first sermon in Sarnath. In month of May people gather here to celebrate Buddh Purnima here. So in conclusion, we can say as per convenience and plan, tourists can visit Varanasi throughout the year but some months are more crucial to derive enjoy more and understand cultural heritage of India. Time from August to April is best time to visit Varanasi.

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