Weather Differences Between Months of November and January?

#1 Jun 3rd, 2010, 02:01
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Hi,
I'll probably be arriving in India, and spending a good deal of time in Varanasi, in January.

My original plan had been to go in November, but I have had to revise my plans.

I tend to like cold weather (although as I get older I have actually been feeling the cold of the winters here in Canada over the last few years - never used to).

I am also very sensitive to the heat.

So, will temparatures in the January - February period be very different from those in the period November - December? If so, how much hotter will the post-January period be in comparison to November - December? Is it a dry heat in Varansi or humid?

I will probably also be spending some of my month in India in Delhi and Mumbai or Kolkata.

I have previously looked at temperature charts for India, but I'm more after people's subjective experiences of the time periods I mentioned, in terms of whether or not the weather has a significant influence on what people might do or not do, and how much time they might spend outside during the day, and other considerations.

Looking forward to your replies.

Thanks.
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Hi

In Jan feb, the temperature is around 6-10 deg cel.
i had been there in these months.
During oct-nov, i guess the temperature should be around 15-20 deg cel..
Have a nice trip!
For more info on Varanasi, you could check out this site--
http://myyatradiary.blogspot.com/search/label/Varanasi
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I've been to Varanasi twice in January and temps were single digits (Celsius) at night - which makes for very cold beds in your hotel and fog all along Ganga in the morning. Sometimes the fog only lifted towards noon. Needless to say that not many people were bathing at the ghats and then rather in the afternoon.
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I've spent a number of winters in Varanasi. In my experience November is one of THE best months to be there. Nights can get chilly/cool but days are generally clear, warm in the sun. December through mid/late January can be cold, damp and foggy.
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Hi Everyone,
Many thanks for this, somewhat disheartening (but nevertheless very useful) information.

This really gives me pause for thought about when to take my trip, and how to try to combine my two main purposes (visiting places of importance to me - mostly Varanasi, and might fly down south, too for a few days - with going at the time of the year that has the most Hindustani Classical Music 'conferences'; Dover Lane seems to always be in January, for example).

Thanks, once again,
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Once the fog has gone - sometime in January - the days begin to warm. Humidity was always my biggest demon in Varanasi. You can get out of the sun, but (unless you have an AC room)(or a room with good fans)(neither of which I had) you can't get out of the humidity; it'll find you

On my last trip to Varanasi I arrived in February, and the real heat (for me) didn't even start til late April/May.

Though I know nothing of the Dover Lane conference, there is a three/four day music festival in Varanasi, usually in early April. While not strictly music - there was dance as well, and singing - it is an interesting gathering. Held at the Sankat Mochan Temple, south end of Varanasi, it starts each day at dusk and runs through the night. The year I was there for it - 2006 - was the year that several bombs were set off in Varanasi on the same day, one at the Sankat Mochan Temple, killing at least one there. A very emotional return to the temple when the festival started.

I wouldn't hesitate to go in January; unless it is really just full-on sunshine you're after.
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Hi Darmabum,
Thanks very much for your continued advice.

I, too, am very sensitive to humidity (believe it or not summers here in Toronto can be terrible in that regard, although we've so far been lucky this year and last).

While I would certainly always err on the cold/cool side of things in terms of temperature, it seemed to me from the replies in the thread that it might be uncomfortably cold in January.

But having read what you said, and as long as it is bright, I don't think that the cold will be a problem for me.

Thanks, also for mentioning the sangit festival in Varanasi. I know that I won't be there this time in April, but you never know about another time.

Thanks, once again,
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December and Jan in Varanasi are comparable to May and April in Toronto.
Kolkata is bit hotter in early November.If you are coming from Canada then Indian winters are no worry for you. They are comparable to the summer temperature in Canada.
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I was in Varanasi last Janurary and it was extremely cold, no one has heat and the structures are build for hot weather so it was like living in a Refrigerator. i have spent January in Varanasi for the last 5 years, usually there is a week to 10 days of this but last year it was a month, and miserable for everyone, Bring warm underwear,coat and plan on going South for a few weeks if it stays cold.

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