Dev Dipawali

•Celebrated fifteen days after Diwali, on Kartik Purnima (Oct-Nov), as a tribute to the holy river Ganga by the people.
• The festivities are held along the Ghats and river Ganga.
• Weather in Varanasi is quite pleasant during the festival.
• Visiting during the first week of November gives you access to incredible sights and sounds.
• Free to attend
• Lasts for a day but deep into the night.
• The airport is 25 km approximately and the city is located along the Ghats

Ganga Mahotsav

•Celebrated fifteen days after Diwali, on Kartik Purnima (Oct-Nov), as a tribute to the holy river Ganga by the people.
• The festivities are held along the Ghats and river Ganga.
• Weather in Varanasi is quite pleasant during the festival.
• Visiting during the first week of November gives you access to incredible sights and sounds.
• Free to attend
• Lasts for a day but deep into the night.
• The airport is 25 km approximately and the city is located along the Ghats

Mahashivratri

• The Great night of Lord Shiva is one of the biggest festivals celebrated in Varanasi
• Witness a flux of activities including a procession that starts from Mrityunjaya Mahadev Temple and arrives at Dara Nagar and from their goes to the final place and the centre of the festivities at the famed Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple
• It is held during the Phalgun season (February/March) and weather is mild and slightly warm. Around the third weekend of February to early March.
• Single day celebration for the procession.
• Colourful and ethnic dress up is appreciated.
• Held at the Vishwanath temple near Dashashwamedh Ghat close to the city centre.

Holi

• The unique festival of colours and happiness is widely celebrated in many forms.
• Holi in Varanasi has a flavour like nowhere in India. To enjoy it you can pick your own place while the whole city is a playground.
• Celebrated to welcome spring season during the month of March every year.
• A week full of small celebrations lead to the two day celebrations. is played on the second day.
• Comfortable and traditional casual attire works on Holi.
• Plan with trustworthy local people for the best experience of the colourful festival.

Sankat Mochan Festival

•A five day art festival that celebrates music and dance. Witness a cultural influx of classical art forms throughout the length and breadth of India.
• Takes place at the Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple.
• Held around the fortnight of April every year.
• Usually last for five days and since its initiation in the 1920s this festival has been a major attraction for classical masters to participate and showcase their talent.
• The temple is easily accessible through public transports.

Nag Nathaiya In Varanasi

Nag Nathaiya festival was first started in the 16th century by Goswami Tulsidas on the banks of River Ganga, now known as Tulsi Ghat in Varanasi. This festival is celebrated every year to commemorate the victory of the Lord Krishna over the poisonous snake known as the Kaliya Nag. Every year young boy plays the role of Lord Krishna, then takes a jump into the river from the branch of the Kadamba tree at the bank of river Ganga to defeat the Kaliya. Then he comes out of water at the head of Kaliya with a flute in his hand and poses just like Krishna. Nag Nathaiya is the most significant part of life of the Lord Krishna and it is celebrated by the people in the month of November and December. This festival attracts a huge crowd on the Ghat to see the Krishna Leela in Varanasi.

Panch Kroshi Parikrama in Varanasi

Panch Kroshi Parikrama is the most significant festival in India. It is said that Panch Kroshi Parikrama completes only if someone visits all 5 sites decided by Religious Priests of Hindu Religion. These 5 places are Kardmeshwar, Bhimchandi, Rameshwar, Shivpur, and Kapil-dhara. The procession of Panch Kroshi Parikrama starts from the Manikarnika Ghat at Varanasi and ends at the same Ghat. Pilgrims and locals in Varanasi wake up very early in the morning and start their parikrama after taking a holy bath in the sacred water of river Ganga at the Manikarnika Ghat. 

Bharat Milap at Varanasi

Bharat Milap is a great event, which is celebrated between the month of October and November. Bharat Milap is a most important part of the Ram lila festival and is celebrated to memorialize the arrival of the Lord Rama to his kingdom, Ayodhya, after 14 years of exile and get-together with his dearest brother. The Bharat Milap celebration is organized with huge fanfare and dedication which is held on the day next to the Dussehra and is celebrated every year at the Nati-Imli place in Varanasi and Ram Nagar fort. Thousands of pilgrims get together on the lanes to enjoy the procession of Lord Rama and his reunion with his younger brother, Bharat. In order to respect them, people put Tilak on their forehead and garland Lord Rama and his brothers. Another interesting part of the Bharat Milap celebration is the presence of Kashi Naresh (former king of Varanasi) with all his royal paraphernalia and regal finery.

Buddha Purnima at Sarnath, Varanasi

Lord Buddha was born on the Full Moon day in the month of Vaisakh, thousands years ago in 563 BC. Buddha Poornima is celebrated every year at Sarnath, Varanasi to commemorate the birthday of Lord Buddha. Buddha Purnima is held in the month of Vaisakh (April or May).A huge fair is held at Sarnath on this occasion of Buddha Jayanti and the remnants related to him are taken outside for the public display. Sermons and reading of the Buddhist scriptures are another significant spiritual activities carried out by the devotees at Sarnath. They put forward fruits, flowers, candles etc. in front of the statues of the Lord Buddha according to their beliefs and customs. Decoration of the whole area at Sarnath with the earthen lamps takes place in the evening of the Buddha Purnima.

Nakkatayya in Varanasi

Nakkatayya festival is celebrated at Chetganj in Varanasi. It is an event of the Epic Ramayana. It is celebrated to commemorate the nicking the nose of Supranakha (sister of Ravana, the Devil King of Lanka) by the Lakshman (younger brother of the Lord Rama). Nakkatayya festival is celebrated in mid-October where parades and scenes are exhibited in the narrow streets of the Varanasi in order to represent the triumph of truth over evil. People, who participate in the parade or drama for particular scenes start their practice and preparations few weeks ago from the exact date of the play. People wait for Nakkatayya fair for the whole year. Fairs and festivals in Varanasi brings a lot of happiness in the life of people at Benares and nearby areas of the Varanasi.