The best time to be in Varanasi is October – February end. Temperature dips down to chilly cold and people can be seen fully covered in woolens. Ccold winds coming from Himalayas and the water of Ganges makes it a pleasantly cool place to spend days here.
Winters are the months when huge celebrations are carried out with festivals Dussehra and Diwali making their presence. The good temperature of 5 – 10 degree Celsius makes it a good time for afternoon walks and shooting the local life. Avoid being here from July to September as this is the time when heavy rains actually fall all over the city making it really difficult to walk around. May and June are a big No as is quite hot and humid in these months.
While being in Varanasi, there are certain things you need to take care as a traveler:
Ghats of Varanasi like Assi ghat, Darbhanga, Dasaswamedh and Manikarnika ghat are certainly not the cleanest ones in the country. Hundreds of devotes take a dip in these ghats every day. So, ensure that you have all your vaccinations done before you take a dip yourself.
Getting a travel insurance to cover theft and medical problems is a good idea. Take travel accident insurance too, if possible. While taking the policy check out the hospital list and see if they include the ones present in Varanasi.
Avoid taking a dip in river ganges in the front side of the Dasaswamegh Ghat. If you wish take a dip on just the opposite side which is clean and good to take a dip in. Generally boats take you there for 1000INR/- for a group of four people.