Here’s are the useful tips on Gangtok weather and the best time to visit Gangtok.
Gangtok is a beautiful Himalayan town nestled close to the majestic Kanchenjunga and also the capital of Sikkim..Gangtok hosts a very pleasant weather throughout the year. If you are planning to visit, here’s a detailed weather guide with useful tips below to help you to plan the best holiday.
Summer Season (May to June)
The summerseasonal months witness warm and breezy days and pleasantly cool nights. Sometimes, the temperature may increase but it won’t hinder you from visiting all the sites you have planned. With the temperature averaging between 15 – 26 degree Celsius, Gangtok sees a lot of tourists flocking in to escape the heat wave of the Gangetic plains. This can make the city quite crowded and you will find the streets bustling with activity. If you plan to travel to Gangtok during the summer it is best to make early bookings on hotels and transport as most of the people comes here to spend their summer holidays at this time.
Monsoon Season (July to September)
These romantic and misty monsoon seasonal months are usually avoided by tourists normally. So, if you are looking to get away from the hustle of everyday life for a staycation, this is the perfect time for you. The temperatures are pleasant and the hills look alive from the fresh green foliage that shimmers in the rain. You may not be able to do much sight-seeing but when the rain stops you can utilize it to tour in and around. Although occasional landslides can disrupt your timetable as transportation can be problematic.
Autumn Season (October to November)
Autumn is comparatively the best time to visit Gangtok. The clouds clear away and the Kanchenjunga is visible glittering in the clear sunlight. The skies are blue and a variety of orchids and wildflowers cover the landscape of Gangtok during these months. The temperature reaches a minimum of 10-degree centigrade by November, so remember to pack warm clothes for the nights and early mornings.
Winter Season (December to February)
The winter months can get pretty cold and the temperatures may hit as low as 4 degrees. The temperature during the day often goes up to 20-degree centigrade. You will often find Gangtok shrouded in thick blankets of fog and with most of the tourists gone, the atmosphere will be quite serene. Although snowfall is rare in Gangtok, you can use the city as a base to visit high passes like Nathula and other high altitude areas nearby like Lachung&lachen to get plenty of snowfall.
Spring Season (March to April)
With temperatures ranging from 11 degrees in the night to 25 degrees in the day, spring is a great time to visit Gangtok. The ice-capped mountains are visible once again as the fog clears up. At this time you can see various types of local flowers in and around.The city bursts into life and the tourists start pouring in again. This is the best time for trekking, as the air is still pretty cool. You will find a number of adventure sports options open during this time.