What to wear on a tour of Varanasi?
If you do choose to brave the early morning wake up call and hustle down to the ghat, make sure you pack warm clothes. I visited in March and I can tell you that the weather is toe numbing cold. People seemingly assume that India equates to hot weather, but I can assure you that it does not. You’ll see in the photos above that I am wrapped up. Long pants, tee shirt, a jumper, scarf and a down jacket. Remember that India is still a conservative culture when it comes to dressing. You don’t need to be wrapped up like a zombie but you do need to be appropriately covered. Long leggings, loose tee shirts etc. Y’all know what I mean.
Final thoughts on the bemusing city of Varanasi
Varanasi was my first experience of India
. Show casing the beauty, the history, the culture and the contradiction. Walking down an alley way and you walk into a Muslim quarter of silk weavers. Around the corner, down a laneway and past a cow you’ll find some of the best lassi that you’ll ever taste. And all amongst this is faux sadhus, giving blessings and photo tours to unsuspecting tourists in between Netflix sessions and on the river you’ll find the sadhus sitting in silent prayer. For me Varanasi was a unique yet perfect introduction to India. I can’t say that this one city represents all of India, as that would be a narrow minded lie. But this city did show me the potential for change, adaptability and respecting history that India is capable of.
Will I return to Varanasi? Probably not on it’s own, perhaps if I was transiting through the stae of Uttar pradesh. For me, travelling with other Indian content creators I was introduced to an entirely different perspective of the wonders that India has to offer. To areas of safari, the mountains, the people. I feel that there is so much more of India left for me to explore.