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Planning a trip to Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India

16th May to 20th May, 2024Moderate Budget Train
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Things to do in Varanasi in May

Day 1 - Thursday 16th, May
afternoon -

Arrive in Varanasi from Delhi by train, check into the hotel and have a leisurely lunch at The Great Kabab Factory located at The Gateway Hotel Ganges Varanasi, Nadesar Palace Grounds, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221002. After lunch, take a relaxing walk along the ghats of Ganges River and explore the nearby markets.

evening -

Enjoy a boat ride at Dashashwamedh Ghat to witness the mesmerizing Ganga Aarti ceremony. Afterward, have a serene dinner at Baati Chokha, D58/45, Amaar Nagar, Sigra, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221010, known for its traditional Varanasi cuisine.

Day 2 - Friday 17th, May
morning -

Visit the iconic Kashi Vishwanath Temple, also known as the Golden Temple, for spiritual enlightenment. Then, head to Blue Lassi Shop, located at CK 12/1, Kachori Gali, Chowk, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001, to savor a traditional lassi for breakfast.

afternoon -

Explore the Sarnath Archaeological Museum to learn about the ancient history of Varanasi and Buddhism. Later, have a traditional thali lunch at the popular restaurant, Baati Chokha, D58/45, Amaar Nagar, Sigra, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221010.

evening -

Take a peaceful evening stroll along the ghats to experience the spiritual and cultural ambiance of Varanasi. Enjoy a delicious dinner at Pizzeria Vaatika Cafe, D-2/10, Rana Mahal Ghat, Bangali Tola, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001, offering serene views of the Ganges River.

Day 3 - Saturday 18th, May
morning -

Embark on a sunrise boat ride along the Ganges River to witness the beauty of the ghats and the early morning rituals. After the boat ride, enjoy a light breakfast at Shri RajRajeshwari Durga Bhojnalay, D68/17-A, Ramapura Luxa Rd, Godowlia, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001, known for its authentic local cuisine.

afternoon -

Relax and rejuvenate with a traditional Ayurvedic massage at the Green Cure Wellness Clinic, D.37/180-181, Nepali Kothi, Bangali Tola, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001.

evening -

Indulge in a flavorsome dinner at the Open Hand Cafe, Pared Ground Rd - Bangali Tola - Bangali Tola, D 13/22, Aparna Puri Colony, Bangali Tola, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001, offering a peaceful ambiance and delectable vegetarian dishes.

Day 4 - Sunday 19th, May
morning -

Visit the Weaver's Colony in the Madanpura area to witness the traditional art of handloom weaving and shop for authentic Banarasi silk products. Enjoy a light breakfast at Shree Cafe, D-20/26, Madanpura Rd, behind Chitra Cinema, Luxa, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221010.

afternoon -

Explore the renowned Bharat Kala Bhavan Museum, known for its impressive collection of Indian art and artifacts. Then, have a sumptuous lunch at El Parador, B-1/178, Assi Ghat Rd, Shivala, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001, offering an eclectic mix of global cuisine.

evening -

Relax and unwind with a traditional Banarasi silk shopping experience at the local markets around Vishwanath Gali to purchase sarees, shawls, and other silk products. Then, enjoy a delightful dinner at the Ravindra Ki Rasoi, Hotel Ganges Grand, 40 B-20/17, Ravindrapuri Extension, Gurubagh Road, Bhelupur, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221010, known for its North Indian and Chinese cuisine.

Day 5 - Monday 20th, May
morning -

Experience a sunrise meditation session at the peaceful and serene Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple to start the day on a tranquil note. Afterward, head to Jalebi Chowk, located at Bangali Tola, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001, for a delightful breakfast of jalebis and samosas.

afternoon -

Spend a leisurely afternoon exploring the lush and tranquil gardens of Ramnagar Fort, known for its scenic beauty and historical significance. Enjoy a traditional thali lunch at Shree Cafe, D-20/26, Madanpura Rd, behind Chitra Cinema, Luxa, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221010.

evening -

Indulge in a peaceful evening boat ride on the Ganges River to witness the enchanting sights of the ghats and the spiritual rituals. Then, enjoy a lavish dinner at the Bona Cafe and Restaurant, Dashaswmedh Rd, Bangali Tola, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221001, offering a blend of Indian and continental cuisines.

Day 6 - Tuesday 21st, May
morning -

Enjoy a final morning of relaxation at the hotel, have a leisurely breakfast, and take a stroll around the local markets for some last-minute souvenir shopping. Check out of the hotel and make your way to Varanasi Junction railway station to board the train back to Delhi.

Weather in Varanasi in Invalid date
Avg Temp28°C to 38°C
Chance of Rain50%
SeasonSummer

The weather in Varanasi in May is hot and humid. You can expect average temperatures between 28 and 38 degrees Celsius. It is also the beginning of the monsoon season, so there is a chance of rain. However, the rain is usually short-lived and the sun comes out quickly afterwards. So we are suggesting you pack accordingly.

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*Travel eSims are a great way to stay connected while travelling. They are easy to set up online, no need to visit a store, and can be used in multiple countries. They are a data saver compared to international roaming and are compatible with most phones.

Things to Carry on your trip to Varanasi

Clothing & Apparel

Light, breathable clothing -

The weather in Varanasi in May is hot and humid, so it's important to pack light, breathable clothing made from natural fibers like cotton or linen.

Comfortable walking shoes -

You'll be doing a lot of walking in Varanasi, so it's important to wear comfortable shoes.

Hat and sunglasses -

The sun can be strong in Varanasi, so it's important to protect your head and eyes.

Traditional Indian clothing (optional) -

If you're interested in experiencing the local culture, you can pack some traditional Indian clothing to wear.

Accessories

Scarf -

A scarf can be used to protect your head and neck from the sun, or to cover your hair if you're visiting a temple.

Handkerchief -

A handkerchief can be used to wipe away sweat or to cover your face if you're in a dusty area.

Small backpack -

A small backpack is convenient for carrying your essentials around.

Essentials & Must Haves

Passport and visa -

If you're a foreign visitor, you'll need to bring your passport and visa.

Travel insurance -

Travel insurance is always a good idea, just in case.

First-aid kit -

A basic first-aid kit is essential for any trip.

Toiletries -

Bring your essential toiletries, but keep in mind that liquids must be in containers of less than 100ml for carry-on luggage.

Cash and credit cards -

Cash is still the most commonly accepted form of payment in India, but credit cards are also accepted in most tourist areas.

Good to have

Travel guidebook -

A travel guidebook can be helpful for planning your trip and learning about the local culture.

Phrasebook -

A phrasebook can be helpful for communicating with locals if you don't speak Hindi.

Camera -

If you're interested in photography, bring a camera to capture your memories.

Binoculars -

If you're planning on doing any birdwatching or wildlife viewing, binoculars can be useful.

Electronics

Smartphone -

A smartphone is essential for staying connected and navigating your way around.

Charger -

Don't forget to bring a charger for your smartphone.

Converter -

If you're coming from outside of India, you'll need a converter for your electronic devices.

Portable battery charger -

A portable battery charger can be useful for keeping your devices charged on the go.

Good to Knows

Payment Options -

Cash is still the most commonly accepted form of payment in India, but credit cards are also accepted in most tourist areas.

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