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Varanasi

Varanasi

Weather

Varanasi falls in the subtropical zone and hence experiences a hot and humid weather. Summers (April to October) are extremely hot with the mercury shooting up to 46 °C. During winters (December to February), the days are generally pleasant while nights are cold with temperature dipping down to below 5 °C. Monsoon here are characterized by heavy torrential rain falls. Monsoon in Varanasi starts in late June and lasts till August. The best time to visit Varanasi is between October to December when the city experiences a pleasant weather. 

How To Reach

By Road:

Both ordinary and luxury bus services are available from Varanasi to different parts of the country. Varanasi is connected to Delhi via the NH2. Cities like Hyderabad, Kanpur, Maduri, Kanyakumari etc are well connected via the NH7 which is the longest highway in the country. 


By Air:

Varanasi has an international airport called the Lal Bahadur Shastri international airport, which is also known as the Babatpur airport. It is located about 21 km from the Varanasi Cantt. Station and is connected to many parts of Middle East and East Asia. 



By Rail:

Almost 240 trains ply on an everyday basis from the Varanasi Cantt Railway Station to many parts of northern and eastern India. Mughal Sarai Railway Station is another major station located about 8 km from the city. Trains to north India generally operate from the Manduadih station which is about 4 km from the city. 


Overview

Bright and illuminated, this is what Varanasi – ‘the City of Lights’ or ‘the Holy city of India’ stands for. The festive season never ends here and the city remains abuzz with cultural activities throughout the year. Commonly known as Banaras, Varanasi is located in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh on the banks of river Ganges. It is an insignia of religious, spiritual and cultural richness in India.

 

Located on thebanks of the holy river Ganga, Varanasi is deeply rooted in the opulence of the Hindu religion and culture. Varanasi has so much to offer in terms of religious and historical literature. Varanasi or Banaras is one of the oldest known cities in the world. Legends say that city is created by Lord Siva himself. Many domestic tourists come here to perform funeral rites of their beloved which is considered great.

 

The city also boats of its huge wealth of music, arts, crafts and education. Be it the sumptuous north Indian food or the glorious Banarasi silk sarees, Varanasi is a paradise for tourists who have a spiritual and cultural ethos.

 

A visit to the numerous Ghats here will give a new lease of life as you feel close to the nature. Shopping is another attraction in Varanasi. Varanasi is famous for Banarasi silk saris, copperware, wooden ware and jewellery items.

 

The district administration has done a great deal in improving the infrastructure of Varanasi in terms of building better roads and transport facilities for tourists.