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Weather in Gangtok

Thu, Oct 17 2019

18.7ºC | 9.97ºC

Clear from morning to night

60.86% Humidity

Fri, Oct 18 2019

18.9ºC | 9.66ºC

Clouds in morning and afternoon and clear from evening to night

57.75% Humidity

Sat, Oct 19 2019

18.71ºC | 9.63ºC

Clouds from morning to night

62.0% Humidity

Sun, Oct 20 2019

18.74ºC | 9.98ºC

Clouds from morning to night

61.88% Humidity

Mon, Oct 21 2019

18.34ºC | 8.47ºC

Rain in morning and afternoon , clouds in evening and clear in night

67.63% Humidity

Tue, Oct 22 2019

8.46ºC | 8.46ºC

Clear from morning to night

49.0% Humidity

Best Time To Visit Gangtok

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

Gangtok has pleasant weather throughout the year. However, the best time to visit Gangtok is between October to December. This beautiful hill station provides one of the best scenic experiences away from the hustle and bustle of the city life. The climate is enjoyable even during the months of spring and summer.

Gangtok is blessed with the views of Kanchenjunga, the river Teesta, beautiful wildlife and nature blooming at its best making it the best time to go Gangtok. With vistas that leave the visitors spellbound (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. Let us have a segregation of the weather condition to find out the best month to visit Gangtok.

January - March (-1 °C to 17°C): The city of Gangtok is pleasant throughout the year but the winter months are extremely chilly. The weather in Gangtok in January is extremely freezing and provides visitors with panoramic scenes of the mountain peaks covered with snow, a plethora of thrill-seeking activities, and overall breathtaking experience.

April - June (10 °C to 27 °C): Summer months provide a relaxing environment to visitors as the temperature is enjoyable, and there is no scorching heat of the sun exasperating the locals and visitors. The temperatures during summers are hardly warm and rarely go beyond 27 °C. The weather in Gangtok in May becomes pleasant, and thus provides an opportunity to observe this place at its best.This is also the right time to explore the northern and western parts of Gangtok as these are open to visitors for a short span of time during summers.

July - September (12°C to 25 °C): During the rainy season, it is advisable to not visit Gangtok as there are chances of landslides due to torrential rains. Even the tourist spots are not open to visit as the roads are not accessible during these months.

October - December (4 °C to 7 °C): The season of winter is also one of the best durations to explore the capital of Sikkim. As the temperature drops to a great extent, the atmosphere becomes quite cold. However, the weather in Gangtok in December leaves mountains capped with snow, and thus one can experience the pleasant view of beautiful mountains and vibrant flowers covering the green background. Tourists can also partake in adventure activities like river rafting, paragliding, and many other activities. The festive vibes during Christmas and New Year make this place lively as the locals and tourists celebrate and experience these joyous occasions with excitement and new hopes for the upcoming year.

In spring, the air still has a chilly feel to it. The skies are clear and the mountains in 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.

Gangtok Festivals

When it comes to festivities, Gangtok is not far behind the rest of the country. The festivals celebrated in Gangtok entice both locals and international tourists. One can see locals wearing vibrant clothes, enjoying the folk music and dance performances.

International Flower Festival: The Government of Sikkim organizes this festival to celebrate the beauty and natural diversity present in the state. The festival begins in March every year with the Orchid Show and displays plenty of plant and flower species including more than 30 exotic rhododendrons species and over 600 orchid species. One can also witness round 240 tree species and species of Himalayan fauna, ferns, and flowers.

Losoong Festival: Another Gangtok festival is the Losoong festival that signifies the beginning of the New Year of Sikkim. It is also considered to be the annual harvest festival for the locals of Sikkim and is celebrated with joy during December. For the tourists, this is one of the best times to visit Sikkim as this festival lasts for 4 days and showcases the culture of the state.

Bumchu Festival: Bumchu festival is a sacred festival for the people of Sikkim, and is celebrated with enthusiasm and vigor throughout the state. This festival is considered to decide the destiny of the state during the upcoming year. The locals open the water vessels to check the water level, for it is believed to decide the fortune of Sikkim.

Maghe Sankranti Mela: Maghe Sankranti Mela is celebrated for three days beginning on 14th January every year. This festival is known for its exhibition of artwork and handicrafts made by the locals of Sikkim. The aim of Maghe Mela is to provide the local artisans of Sikkim with a global platform to display their work.

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

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.

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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    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

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