5 Reasons to plan a monsoon getaway to Varanasi

Varanasi is a beautiful, religious and ancient city, located on the banks of the Ganges river in Uttar Pradesh. Earlier known as Kashi and Benares, it’s a popular pilgrim destination among the Hindus and the Jains. On the banks of the river Ganga, this ancient city exhibits its eccentric traits through the rituals and the culture.

It’s the oldest city in the world, more than 3000 years old and is famous as the city of temples, for its fine quality silks and lip smacking delicacies. It remains crowded with national and international tourists throughout the year.

Varanasi experiences extreme weather conditions, with very hot summers and chilly winters. The best time to travel to Varanasi is winter. Since winter is the peak season, all travel and living arrangements need to be booked well in advance.

Here are 5 reasons why one can visit Varanasi during the monsoons.

1. Monsoon begins in July and lasts till October.

With the onset of monsoon, one can witness the fall in temperature, and the real beauty of the city in its drenched state. The monsoon in Varanasi is accompanied by heat, humidity and moderate rainfalls. It is a bit difficult to travel around this time, but the tourists are attracted to the freshness and beauty of the place. Watching the Ganga during the peak of the monsoon is also a thrilling experience.

2. Varanasi is the India of your imagination.

One of the most colorful and fascinating places on earth, has surprises abound around every corner. Most people visit the city for religious purposes.

3. There are myriad fascinating places around that make for perfect weekend getaways from Varanasi.

It may be less crowded during monsoons and one can peacefully spend more time to experience the beauty of these places.

From exploring historic temples and monasteries at Gaya and visiting the city of Nawabs, Lucknow to offering prayers at the ancient temples in Rajgir, there is absolutely no dearth to the awesomeness that surrounds Varanasi. Some of these places are only 5 to 6 hours’ drive away. So, if you have made plans to visit Varanasi, make sure you consider exploring these places around the city.

4. As most people prefer to travel during winters, one can get off-season discounts to stay at good hotels during monsoons.

One can enjoy good deals in travel, shopping etc during monsoons.

5. People can extend their stay for a longer duration to unwind themselves as they can avail good off seasonal discounts.

Read more about the history of Varanasi and what the city has to offer.

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