Best Time To Visit Gangtok

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The best time to visit Gangtok is during the months of late September to mid-December and from March to May. These autumn and spring-summer months experience a pleasant climate which is ideal for sightseeing. The period of late September to mid-December is when the days are sunny with unobstructed views of the Himalayas. Between March to May, the bloom of Rhododendron flowers is a sight worth its weight in gold. It is best to avoid a visit t Gangtok and the state of Sikkim during the monsoon months of July to early September since the heavy rainfall leads to landslides which may cause a lot of inconveniences.

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Month High/Low (°C) Rain
January 16°/ 6° 14 days
February 17°/ 7° 15 days
March 20°/ 10° 20 days
April 22°/ 12° 23 days
May 24°/ 16° 29 days
June 26°/ 19° 26 days
July 23°/ 18° 31 days
August 25°/ 18° 30 days
September 24°/ 18° 30 days
October 23°/ 14° 16 days
November 22°/ 12° 8 days
December 17°/ 7° 7 days

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Gangtok in Winter (October-February)

North Point in Gangtok
North Point in Gangtok

The winter months in Gangtok bring out a certain charm. 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.

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.

Gangtok in Summer (March -June)

Gangtok Ropeway
Gangtok Ropeway

Summers in Gangtok are relaxing with this hillside town experiencing comfortable temperatures between March and June 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 parts are allowed to be visited only for a limited period during summer. Since it is the peak season, be prepared for large crowds of tourists. It is advisable to book your place of stay well in advance. While here, do visit the Rumtek Monastery, Ganesh Tok, Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple, Tinkitam, and Do Drul Chorten, among others.

Gangtok in Monsoon (July-September)

Hill Station Gangtok
Hill Station Gangtok

The monsoon months, falling between July and September are not 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 not traversable at this time. In addition to it, the weather gets exceptionally chilly after every downpour, making it challenging to step out of the house.

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, (Read More) 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 (Read More)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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Gangtok Photos

Gangtok, Sikkim
Nathu La Pass, mountain pass in the East Sikkim district
Tsomgo Lake, glacial lake located at an elevation of 3753 meters
Rumtek Monastery, gompa located near Gangtok

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