What is the best time to visit Gangtok?

The best time to visit Gangtok is from late September to November and March to June. These autumn and spring-summer months 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.  It is best to avoid a visit to this place during the monsoon months of July to early September since the heavy rainfall leads to landslides which may cause a lot of inconveniences.

Weather in Gangtok


Upcoming Gangtok Weather

Monthly Weather in Gangtok

Month Avg. Minimum (°C) Avg. Maximum (°C)
January -1 15
February -0 15
March 5 17
April 10 20
May 12 23
June 10 27
July 12 26
August 13 30
September 12 25
October 7 27
November 1 20
December 0 17

Gangtok in Winter (October-February)

Even though Gangtok is spectacular throughout the year, winter casts a whole new spell altogether. The real charm of this place is best experienced from October to February. The local markets teem with a platter of different trinkets, the chilly weather demands the adrenaline rush, and colourful flowers carpet the green background. Offering a panoramic view of the surrounding peaks crowned by shimmering white snow, a smorgasbord of adventure activities which start from river rafting and ends with paragliding, with an exciting ride in cable cars in between, this place takes on the role of that one family member who lets us enjoy ourselves till we have a permanent grin pasted on our faces. Add to it a pleasant climate with temperatures ranging from subzero to 7 degree Celsius, and voila! The Gangtok of your dreams is ready! The enrapturing sight of the frozen lakes of Gurudongmar and Tsomgo, the snow-covered Nathula Pass, and the picturesque natural beauty of the hill station combine for the ideal vacation that you were craving for. Besides, Gangtok celebrates Christmas and welcomes the New Year in a way that is a notch above the rest. With psychedelic lights which adorn the whole place and the festive aura that envelopes the entire area, you cannot help but have a joyous trip with some beautiful memories. To experience the best of Gangtok, you are advised to book your tickets sometime between the last week of November to the end of January.
North Point in Gangtok
North Point in Gangtok

Gangtok in Summer (March -June)

Summers in Gangtok is a relaxing escapade from the rigour of our daily lives. Away from the scorching heat, Gangtok is home to cold and comfortable summers between March and June with temperatures that hardly rise above 23 degree Celsius. This is also an excellent time to explore the northern as well as the western parts of this hill station since these are allowed to be visited only for a limited period during summer. Since it is the peak season, be prepared for large crowds of people. It is advisable to book your place of stay in advance. While here, do visit the Rumtek Monastery, Ganesh Tok, Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple, Tinkitam, and Do Drul Chorten, among others.
Gangtok Ropeway
Gangtok Ropeway

Gangtok in Monsoon (July-September)

The monsoon months, falling between July and September does not look like a good time to visit Gangtok, owing to the frequent landslides caused by the torrential rain. The places to visit become limited since most of the roads are inhospitable at this time. In addition to it, the weather gets exceptionally chilly after every downpour, making it difficult to step out of the house. It is safe to say that monsoons should ideally be avoided while planning a trip to Gangtok.
Hill Station Gangtok
Hill Station Gangtok

Events in Gangtok

International Flower Festival, Gangtok

1st May 2019 - 31st May 2019

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.

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Saga Dawa

17th June 2019

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.

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