Best Time to Visit Gangtok

Gangtok, a city in the state of Sikkim, is a year-round destination. However, to enjoy sheer beauty, attend the local festivals, and indulge in adventure activities, March to May and September to mid-December is considered the best time to visit Gangtok. Sunny days and Himalayan views with cool winds is what summer looks like in Gangtok.

The rhododendron flowers also bloom between March and May, which is a sight not to be missed. But if cold weather is what you prefer, plan your Gangtok tour with Tourism of India between October and February.

Here’s all you need to know about Gangtok’s weather before planning your visit

Summer: March to June 

Summer in Gangtok is a high tourist season with travelers flocking from all over the globe. So, if you want to avoid bone-chilling weather and enjoy clear blue skies, green landscape, and refreshing breeze, plan a Gangtok trip between March and June. Moreover, the average temperature in Gangtok in summer ranges from 14-20°C, making sightseeing a pleasant affair. 
Ganesh Tok, Tashi Viewpoint, Rumtek Monastery, MG Road, etc are some of the top attractions you can explore in Gangtok. In addition, day trips to Tsomgo Lake can be planned to witness the state's beauty. You can visit Himalayan Zoological Park to spot the different species of fauna and flora. 
If you are into adventure, then enjoy river rafting, trekking, paragliding, cable car rides, and mountain biking for a memorable summer holiday in Gangtok. 
Tips: Summer is the peak season in Gangtok. So there will be massive crowds of tourists. Besides, carry light cotton clothes for the day and light warm sweaters as it tends to get cold at night. 

Monsoon: July to September 

July marks the arrival of the monsoon in Gangtok. Tourists who love green landscapes and rainy weather can plan a tour to Gangtok during this time, but it is not recommended. Besides, the rain clouds and misty snow-capped hills are a sight you mustn't miss in Gangtok during the monsoon. Also, there must not be a lot to do due to the heavy rain showers, but you can still opt for sightseeing. 
Tips: Due to heavy rainfall, there are chances of landslides and road blockage, which may get you stuck in traffic for hours. If you still wish to visit, you’ll find good deals on hotels and flight tickets if you still wish to visit.

Winter: October to February

Winters in Gangtok are not harsh and snowfall is limited. From October to February, travelers visit Gangtok to enjoy the beauty of the Himalayan mountains. You can enjoy the cool climate of Gangtok by exploring the city on foot and snacking on warm local street food. The temperature in Gangtok in winter remains around 14°C and as the sun sets, it dips to a minimum of 4°C. Trips to Tsomgo Lake, Rumtek Monastery, and other places can be enjoyed. 
Adventure lovers can enjoy trekking and other snow-related activities near the city. Gangtok looks stunning surrounded by Himalayan peaks, making it a must-visit for photographers. 
Tips: Carry heavy woolens as the temperature in Gangtok drops at night. Explore the city and dig into warm snacks to enjoy cold weather. Though most places are open and accessible, always make sure to keep yourself updated. 

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