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Gangtok Weather And Best Time To Visit Gangtok
Gangtok is a beautiful Himalayan town nestled close to the majestic Kanchenjunga. Gangtok hosts a very comfortable weather throughout the year. If you are planning to visit the city, here's a detailed weather guide below to help you plan a holiday that suits you best. The best time to visit Gangtok though, is un summer and autumn.
Summer (May to June)
The summer months witness warm and breezy days and pleasantly cool nights. Sometimes, the temperature increases but it won't hinder you from visiting all the sites you have planned. With the temperature averaging between 16 – 25 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.
Monsoon (June to September)
The romantic and misty monsoon months are usually avoided by tourists. So, if you are looking to get away from the hustle of everyday life to take a break, this is the perfect season for you. The temperatures are pleasant and the hills look alive from the fresh 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 the city and other sites. Although occasional landslides can disrupt your timetable as transportation can be erratic.
Autumn (October to November)
Autumn is probably the best time to visit Gangtok. The clouds clear away and the distant 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 8-degree centigrade by November, so remember to pack warm clothes for the nights and early mornings.
Winter (December to February)
The winter months can get pretty cold and the temperatures can hit a minimum of 4 degrees. The temperature during the day often goes up to 22-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 and other high altitude areas nearby that get plenty of snowfall.
Spring (March to April)
With temperatures ranging from 11 degrees in the night to 24 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. 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.