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Best Time to Visit Gangtok

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Tourism In Gangtok

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Feb - Apr

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3-4 Days

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Weather in Gangtok

Best Time To Visit Gangtok

Plan your trip during best season to experience the best of this stunning destination

Spring is the best time to visit Gangtok. Why? Because this is when the mountains come alive.

Gangtok is the capital of Sikkim. Literally meaning hilltop, Gangtok is a Tibetan Buddhist centre and a gateway to the Sikkim side of the Himalayas. It was a favourite of the British during the Raj, was the capital of a kingdom after independence, before joining India in 1975.

Gangtok is bless with the views of the Kanchenjunga, the river Teesta, beautiful wildlife and nature blooming at its best making it best time to go Gangtok. With vistas that leave the visitor spell bound (Tsomgo Lake, Ban Jhakri falls, Tashi viewpoint) and monasteries that date back in time (Enchey Monastery, Ganesh Tok, Do Drul Chorten Rumtek Monastery) this is a place which will leave you satisfied with body mind and soul. Generally all year through is the best time to travel to Gangtok.

 

In spring, the air still has a chilly feel to it. The skies are clear and the mountains at the distance form a backdrop which leaves one awestruck. After all Kanchenjunga is the third highest peak in the world. You can hike up the mountains which are in full bloom or just laze around in the meadows. Whatever you choose, spring is the best time to visit Gangtok. December is the month when Gangtok comes alive with the Annual Gangtok festival. This is the best season to visit Gangtok for one to try all the cuisines and the culture of the state called Sikkim. This is the best time for Gangtok tour.

 

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Climate in Gangtok

Summer Season in Gangtok

Summer is a good time to visit gangtok, the sun shines brighter and the air gets warmer. The summer vacations also bring in the tourists in droves. The higher reaches of north and west Sikkim are still cooler and this is the time to visit this region. Average temperatures rise to 22°C and it get a bit stuffy. Sporadic showers may occur to cool the temperature. White water rafting on the Teesta, sightseeing tours of the area and visit to local viewpoints are the most popular activities making it the best season to visit Gangtok

 

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Monsoon Season in Gangtok

As with all hill regions, monsoon is not the time to visit Gangtok. The rains bring landslides which tends to block of the region for days together. All views are also blocked off and it gets damp and chilly. Monsoon in Gangtok is not the time to visit.

 

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Winter Season in Gangtok

October sees the air begins to get cold and the mountains begin to get a hazy glow. As the snow falls and the land gets a dreamy effect, this is the best time to visit Gangtok for a honeymoon. Winter in Gangtok sees temperatures beginning to drop steadily. November to January is only for the brave heart visitors who love the cold and all things freezing.

 

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What should I eat in Gangtok?

One cannot miss Momos, Thukpa, Wonton, Gyathuk, Thenthuk and more, along with a Sikkim style meat patty called Shah-Phaley. Along with this you get to choose from a huge variety of authentic soups almost unique to the area. Chang is a locally made alcoholic beverage and is a must try while here. Authentic Tibetan and Indo-Chinese cuisines are also available in the restaurants and must also be tried.

When is the best time to visit Gangtok?

The best time to visit Gangtok is April to June and also from September to November when one can experience variable temperatures with pleasant summers and autumn in the foothills & freezing winters high up in the mountains.

When can I witness snow in Gangtok?

Snowfall can be witnessed in the winter months of January and February in Gangtok. Else you have to travel to the Zero Point where snow can be witnessed anytime throughout the year.

Are there any treks in and around Gangtok?

There are a number of treks one can go for but all the treks require a decent fitness level. Some of them are Dzongri, Versay, Tholung, Goecha La, Tosar Lake, Everest Singalila and Green Lake trek.

Are there any festivals in Gangtok I can be a part of?

Pong Labsal festival, celebrated in the month of December, is one of the most popular and major festivals in this region. During that time, the gate of Chogyal's Palace is open for the travelers. Other tourist festivals include Flower Festival, Gangtok Food and Culture Festival, Hee Bermiock Heritage & Tourism Festival, Khangchendzonga Tourist festival, Lampokhari Tourism Festival, Mangan Music Festival, Namchi Mahotsav, Ravangla Festival and many others.