The best times to visit Varanasi for ideal weather are
November 5th to March 11th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Varanasi Travel Guide
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Weather in Varanasi
Average temperatures in Varanasi vary greatly. Considering humidity, temperatures feel hot for about half of the year and otherwise nice with a very low chance of rain throughout the year. The area is somewhat temperate — in the 53rd percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Varanasi, the hottest months are May, June, and then April. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early June where highs are regularly around 107.4°F (41.9°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 83.8°F (28.8°C) at night.
Varanasi Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Varanasi Temperatures (Celsius)
The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.
Varanasi Perceived Temperature (F)
Varanasi Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Varanasi Temperatures by Month
Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
Precipitation (Rain or Snow)
If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Varanasi are January, February, and then March. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early January. For example, on the week of January 1st there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early to mid August with an average of 0 days of significant precipitation the week of August 6th.
When can you find snow in Varanasi? Weather stations report no annual snow. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.
Chance of Precipitation
The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Varanasi.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Varanasi (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
Humidity and Wind
Varanasi has some very humid months, and dry months in the opposite season. The least humid month is April (27.7% relative humidity), and the most humid month is August (76.9%).
Wind in Varanasi is usually extremely calm. The windiest month is June, followed by May and July. June’s average wind speed of around 4.7 knots (5.4 MPH or 8.7 KPH) is considered “a light breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in early June where average top sustained speeds reach 10.7 knots, which is considered a gentle breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Varanasi.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
Average Wind Speeds
Show Wind Speeds
All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.
|Month||Avg. Wind||Avg. Wind Feel||Sustained High Wind||High Wind Feel|
|Jan||2.6||Barely noticeable||6.3||Light breeze|
|Feb||3||Barely noticeable||7.2||Gentle breeze|
|Mar||3.4||Barely noticeable||8.2||Light breeze|
|Apr||4.1||Light breeze||10.2||Gentle breeze|
|May||4.5||Light breeze||10.3||Light breeze|
|Jun||4.7||Light breeze||10||Gentle breeze|
|Jul||4.3||Light breeze||8.8||Light breeze|
|Aug||3.6||Barely noticeable||8||Gentle breeze|
|Sep||3.6||Barely noticeable||8||Light breeze|
|Oct||2.2||Barely noticeable||5.8||Light breeze|
|Nov||1.7||Barely noticeable||5||Light breeze|
|Dec||2||Barely noticeable||5.1||Light breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Varanasi?
Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe, but with extra warnings in a few regions. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are travel warnings and regional advisories for India; exercise a high degree of caution and avoid some areas. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Sep 19, 2019.
The Busiest and Least Crowded Months
The busiest month for tourism in Varanasi, India is August, followed by December and September. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Varanasi in July. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.
Estimated Tourism by Month
Most Popular Months to Visit
Overall Varanasi Travel Experience by Season
Spring (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel very warm. Highs range from 106.6°F (41.4°C) and 85.3°F (29.6°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is nonexistent with roughly 0 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is the slowest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for deals.
Summer (June through August)
The middle-year months have hot weather with high temperatures that are quite warm. These months see the most precipitation with 0 to 1 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the second busiest season for tourism in Varanasi, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly more.
Fall (September through November)
Fall daily highs range from 93.7°F (34.3°C) and 81.8°F (27.7°C), which will feel very nice given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a trivial amount: approximately 0 days per month. Tourism is the busiest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be higher priced.
Winter (December through February)
Weather is somewhat cool this time of year in Varanasi to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 85.3°F (29.6°C) and 68.4°F (20.2°C). On average, it rains or snows a insignificant amount: consistently 0 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.