What is the best time to visit Darjeeling?

The best time to visit Darjeeling is between April to June when the weather is pleasant. However, a lot of people also prefer visiting the place during the winter months from October to December. The months of July to August welcome the showers. With heavy rainfall, a lot of roadblocks are observed in the hill station and hence visiting Darjeeling during these months is not very advisable. 

The months from October to March see a sudden change in the weather, as by the end of October a slight cold reigns in the area. Winter is at its peak from mid- November to January and the temperature ranges between 7 degrees to 5-degree Celcius. 

April to June marks the offset of summers in the city. Darjeeling during these months is pleasant and not very hot. The temperature reaches 25 degrees at the max. The gushing bright sunlight makes it ideal for exploring the tourists' spots. 

September again is an excellent time to visit as there is less rainfall and the greenery is at its best at this time of the year.

Weather in Darjeeling


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Monthly Weather in Darjeeling

Month High/Low (°C) Rain
January 12°/ 3° 10 days
February 13°/ 4° 11 days
March 17°/ 7° 15 days
April 19°/ 10° 17 days
May 20°/ 12° 30 days
June 22°/ 15° 30 days
July 20°/ 14° 29 days
August 23°/ 15° 28 days
September 20°/ 14° 29 days
October 19°/ 11° 17 days
November 19°/ 9° 9 days
December 14°/ 4° 4 days

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Darjeeling in Winter (November - February)

If you're one for cool weather, Darjeeling is perfect for you. December is one of the least humid months of the year, although temperatures drop between 2-7°C in winter. This is the perfect off-season time to visit this hill station because there is no risk of landslides or floods.
Christmas and New Year festivities are popular in Darjeeling, and merriment is guaranteed. The fog and mist give an ethereal aura to the air, and the cosy climate is perfect for snuggling with your loved one. This makes winter the perfect time for couples ? plan a romantic getaway or a honeymoon with your significant other and watch sparks fly.

Things to Do
Bite into spicy momos and crunchy Churpi - local delicacies that are a must-try ? and explore the local culture at Tinchuley valley. Take a ride on the Passenger Ropeway across waterfalls and rivers, watching the snowy peaks rush by. You can indulge in winter treks to nearby monasteries and viewpoints. The glaciers add otherworldly charm to the tall mountains. January is the coldest month of the year, which may see some snowfall as well, although this is rare. Keep in mind that most budget hotels do not offer adequate heating options in the rooms, so pack adequate winter wear. Hotels are cheaper in winter, and expenses are minimal. This Land of the Thunderbolt (the literal translation of ?Darjeeling?) holds many options for tourists of all kinds. Do not give this beauty a miss!
Darjeeling view from Chowrasta
Darjeeling view from Chowrasta

Darjeeling in Spring (March-May)

This is the primary tourist season in Darjeeling; you can expect the maximum number of travellers here between March and May. It?s not hard to imagine why ? the temperature which ranges from 15°C to 20°C is an absolute delight to be in. The toasty sun warms you just enough to enjoy outdoor activities and sightseeing, while not being too harsh on your skin. The winds are favourable too, and the sound of the breeze whooshing through the pines is music to the ears. As winter fades away, spring brings with it fresh blossoms of magnolia and rhododendrons, and nature comes alive in this pleasant hill station.

Things to Do
March is one of the least humid months of the year, making it the best for sightseeing. The numerous tea plantations spread across the hills woo you with their magic. You can go tea-picking at some plantations too! Witness the entire tea-making process from leaf to brew, and sip on the famed Darjeeling tea with your family. Watch the breathtaking sunrise at Tiger Hill point as the sun emerges out of the Kanchenjunga peak ? the tallest peak in India. Stroll around the Barbotey Rock Garden, gaze at the stars in Darjeeling Observatory, shop for wools and trinkets at Bhutia market and offer prayers at the eclectic Mahakal temple too. The sky is mostly clear, affording breathtaking views of the Himalayas. These fun activities make this time of the year perfect for families to visit Darjeeling. There may be isolated hail showers though, so take an umbrella along. If you plan on visiting Darjeeling in spring/summer, it is best to book your travel and accommodation beforehand, as fares go up as the tourist season approaches and most hotels are overbooked by June.
Batasia Loop of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
Batasia Loop of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway

Darjeeling in Autumn (September - October)

Autumn marks the beginning of the second tourist season in Darjeeling, although it is not as crowded as the summer. The monsoon refreshes the entire region, making it anew for the autumn breeze. The mercury drops to 10-17°C, and humidity is minimal with few isolated showers. This is the perfect time for adventure enthusiasts and adrenaline junkies to visit Darjeeling, as there is a myriad of activities to keep you busy. Trek up to Sandakphu and watch the sunrise, or go mountain biking along the many curves of the terrain. Conquer the Teesta River as you raft down her waters, or learn to climb rocks at the Darjeeling Mountaineering Institute. Jog along the picturesque valley as the mighty Kanchenjunga looks on. Prices are not as expensive as summer, although it is better to book beforehand to avoid last-minute rushes.

Darjeeling in Monsoon (June - September)

Monsoon sees 93-96% humidity and 700 mm of rainfall in four months, making it the least favourable time of the year to visit Darjeeling. There are chances of landslides as well, although this is restricted to certain passes. With temperatures ranging between 15°C and 20°C, the weather is comfortable. Heavy rains bring some tourist activities to a stop ? the toy train and cable car rides may be temporarily suspended, but the town looks delightful in the showers. If you?re one for scenic sights and enchanting views, Darjeeling is very appealing in the monsoon. The lush, verdant plantations look ethereal in the rain, and the town emanates old-school romantic charm. The misty roads and foggy streets make the town look straight out of a painting, which is ideal for a budding photographer. Test out your photography skills in this picturesque town!
Darjeeling after the rains
Darjeeling after the rains

Darjeeling in Summer (June - July)

Begin your journey to Darjeeling on the UNESCO-famed Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, and explore the hills like never before! The summer months see many tourists come their way to Darjeeling, although June and July get more rains than the spring months. Do not let this deter you, as there aren?t showers until August. It is advisable to take appropriate clothing and rain gear. With temperatures ranging from 18°C to 25°C, Darjeeling is pleasant in the summer, inviting travellers from all around India and the world. Stroll into the Japanese Peace Pagoda and contemplate life, or walk amidst the locals and experience local culture at Darjeeling Chowrasta. The Ghoom Monastery offers serenity and calm, and it is the perfect place to reflect and rediscover yourself. The sky is relatively clear, giving you magnificent views of the snow-capped Kanchenjunga peak. As you approach July, tourist influx decreases and prices begin to drop ? this is ideal for travellers on a budget.
Darjeeling in Summer
Darjeeling in Summer

Events in Darjeeling

Teesta Tea And Tourism Fest

November - December

Surrounded by tea plantations, Darjeeling acquires a different hue during the celebration of the Teesta Tea and Tourism Fest. The hills come alive during the months of November-December as people gath (Read More)er to celebrate the occasion.

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Darjeeling, West Bengal
Darjeeling has a recorded history from the early 19th century
 Darjeeling is located at an elevation of 6,700 ft and is a main town of the Sadar subdivision
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, 2ft guauge railway running between new Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling

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