The best time to visit Gangtok is from October to December, although the hill station enjoys a pleasant weather throught the year. A perfect fusion of venture and tranquillity, this pristine hill station has the capability of calming you down while tugging at your daring side at the same time. The summer months in Gangtok, between March and June, experience a pleasant climate which is ideal for sightseeing. Between October and February, although the temperatures go below 0 degree celcius, Gangtok takes on a surreal charm, opening a whole wide world of amazing activities. When it comes to Monsoons, it is best to avoid a visit to this place during July and September, since the heavy rainfall leads to landslides which may cause a lot of inconveniences.
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The International Flower Show is held in Gangtok every year. Several beautiful species of flowers are showcased here, such as orchids, gladioli, roses, cacti, alpine plants, creepers, climbers, ferns, herbs etc. Also, lectures and seminars are held in which renowned botanical scientists come over to speak. The Flower Show is also accompanied with a food festival, where one may try several local delicacies.
The Saga Dawa festival is one of the most important festivals for the people of Sikkim. The festival is celebrated with much enthusiasm in the capital city Gangtok. Festivity occurs across Gangtok in the form of processions, prayers, and extending alms to the needy. The customs and rituals, carried out in remembrance of the Buddha, are said to bear fruits for the observers in the future.