What is the best time to visit North Sikkim?

The best time to visit North Sikkim is the months of May to September. The temperature is moderate with a maximum of 28-30 degree celcius. The weather in North Sikkim is most definitely cold or at least cool at all times. It experiences mild to heavy rainfall during the months of July and September. The weather during the winters is very harsh with the temperatures falling to sub-zero and it is not advisable to visit this town during this time. However, while planning your trip to this spectacular region, your itinerary will help you decide exactly which season is best for your visit, though many are of the belief that the summer months of April and May provide the best outcomes for trips to this region.

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Monthly Weather in North Sikkim

Month Avg. Minimum (°C) Avg. Maximum (°C)
January -6 15
February -3 16
March 1 17
April 5 20
May 6 23
June 8 27
July 8 26
August 7 30
September 6 25
October -0 27
November -5 20
December -5 17

North Sikkim in Summer (March - June)

The summer months of North Sikkim are pleasant months which bring joy and the blossoming of a Technicolor of flowers and other plants making it one of the best times to visit North Sikkim. The flowers that bloom during these months, the most famous of which are the fields of orchids and rhododendrons, line all the roads and cover large patches of land. This makes visiting in the summer a true delight. Individuals can also partake in treks and other activities that help them get the full north Sikkim experience. The temperature during these months ranges from 5 to 25 degree Celsius, with the nights being frigid, so warm essentials are a must. 
Sikkim Mountains
Sikkim Mountains
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North Sikkim in Autumn (September - October)

Unlike most places in India, North Sikkim also has a distinct Autumn Season which forms an important season when it comes to festivals. Not only is the season after monsoon and just before the onset of winter the perfect time to visit for the adventure activities and trekking and hiking, but it is also the time when Cherry Blossoms are in full bloom in Sikkim. This results in some of the most enchanting views that are hard to find anywhere else in the country. The festivals of Dussehra and Diwali are also celebrated with much excitement and vigour during the autumn season. Lhabab Duchen which is the celebration of Buddha’s descent from Heaven to Earth is also celebrated in North Sikkim during this time of the year.
Buddhist Temple in Sikkim
Buddhist Temple in Sikkim
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North Sikkim in Winter (October - February)

Sometimes unbearably cold, winters in North Sikkim are a torrent of continuous snowfall and temperatures ranging from 4 degree Celsius to 7 degree Celsius. Due to this reason, North Sikkim winters are not for everyone. However, if you brave to go to this region in the winter months, you will be greeted with the untouched beauty of the area where all the roads, lands and fields are covered in sheets of snow and the snow capped mountains are your constant companion in the background. Frozen lakes often make an appearance and add to the entrancing beauty of the season. The roads are also often blocked due to landslides, and the area is frequented with storms, due to which some places are strictly off limits in the winters.
As for the festivals and celebrations, winters in North Sikkim seem to be packed to the brim with them. The Mangan Music Festival held from the 12th to the 14th of December as well as the Losar Festival in February is amongst the famous ones. The Mask Dance at the Lachung Monastery during the start of December is also something that should be witnessed.
Zero Point Sikkim
Zero Point, Sikkim
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North Sikkim in Monsoon (July - September)

North Sikkim has a somewhat rocky monsoon season. The season is bombarded with heavy rainfall, which though lesser than that in the south, is still enough to make the roads slippery and dangerous for travel. Out of the three months of monsoon, July faces the brunt of the rainfall the most. The continuous rain makes the temperatures drop down to 4 to 15 degree Celsius. While there are downsides to the monsoon weather in north Sikkim, the waterfalls that add to the charm of the region almost make up for it. This along with the increased opportunity for bird watching has encouraged several travellers to make the trip to North Sikkim in the monsoon, despite the weather.
Sikkim Assembly Gangtok
Sikkim Assembly Gangtok
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