Best Time To Visit Sikkim And Gangtok

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There are five seasons in Sikkim and opinion is usually divided on which is the best season to visit Sikkim. While many believe that Autumn season between October to November is the best time, some argue that the best time is between April and May, i.e. Spring. Autumn is one of the peak seasons in Gangtok and Sikkim as the sky is clear, offering amazing views of the mighty Himalayas. And during Spring, Sikkim is decorated with flowers of different hues and varieties making it beautiful as a paradise.

However, depending on the kind of traveller you are, this northernmost state can be visited during other months too with each month or season offering you a different experience of the place.  Summer and Monsoon months are best for bird watching and visiting waterfalls. Whereas Winter months attract people due to abundant snow fall. Here we present you an all year round weather report of Sikkim for you to decide when to plan your Sikkim holiday.

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Gangtok Month-wise Temperature Chart

Sikkim and Gangtok Weather in September, October and November (Autumn)

Sikkim and Gangtok Weather in December, January and February (Winter)

Sikkim and Gangtok Weather in March, April and May (Spring)

Sikkim and Gangtok Weather in June, July and August (Summer and Monsoon)

Best Time To Visit Gurudongmar Lake, Sikkim

Best Time To Visit Changu Lake, Sikkim

Best Time To Visit Zero Point, Sikkim

Flowering Season In Sikkim

Best Time To Visit Rhododendron Sanctuaries In Sikkim

Festivals In Sikkim

Snowfall Time in Gangtok

Best Time To Visit Gangtok and Nearby Places

Rhododendrons in Yumesamdong Credit: Sujoy Das

Rhododendrons in Yumesamdong
Credit: Sujoy Das

 

Gangtok Month-wise Temperature Chart


Sikkim and Gangtok Weather Year Around Weather Report

Sikkim and Gangtok Weather in September, October and November (Autumn)

Temperature In Gangtok

September Max 14, Min -4

October: Max 13, Min -10

November: Max 13, Min -16

Clear Sky Giving An Enchanting View Of Sikkim Himalayas Credit: Saibal

Clear Sky Giving An Enchanting View Of Sikkim Himalayas
Credit: Saibal

      • Monsoon ends and Autumn starts somewhere in the month of September
      • It is again a good time for adventure activities
      • Pang Lhabsol, which observes worshipping Mt. Kanchenjunga, is celebrated with much fanfare
      • It is the time for cherry blossom
      • The sky is clear, giving beautiful views of magnificent mountain ranges
      • Hindu festivals of Dassain (Dusshera) and Lakshmi Puja (Diwali) are celebrated across the state
      • Lhabab Duchen, that celebrates Buddha’s descend from Heaven to Earth is celebrated on this day, all over the state
      • Good time for trekking to Green Lake and Dzongri La

 

 

Sikkim and Gangtok Weather in December, January and February (Winter)

Temperature In Gangtok

January: Max 10, Min -20

February: Max 5, Min -21

March: Max 9, Min -22

Enroute Yumthang Credit: Motographer on Flickr

Enroute Yumthang
Credit: Motographer on Flickr

      • Good time to enjoy snowfall at places like Yumthang Valley, Lachung etc.
      • Perfect destination to ring in the New Year
      • A mela is organised on the river bank in Jorethang on the occasion of Maghey Sankranti
      • Zero Point is often closed and lakes are frozen
      • Roads to North Sikkim destinations like Yumthang are covered with snow
      • Good time to visit the entire state except high altitude areas
      • This season has the least rainfall
      • Mangan music festival is held between 12th to 14th December, every year.
      • Lossong, the harvest festival is celebrated with much jubilation all over the state
      • Good time to visit monasteries for annual dance festivals

 

 

Sikkim and Gangtok Weather in March, April and May (Spring)

Temperature In Gangtok

March: Max 9, Min -23

April: Max 13, Min -11

May: Max 14, Min -5

Orchid Bloom In Sikkim Credit: Amrita Kar

Orchid Bloom In Sikkim
Credit: Amrita Kar

      • March marks the start of spring in the state
      • Rhododendrons bloom in Varshey-Uttarey
      • Primula flowering takes place at Changu Lake and Nathu La
      • Good time to visit Valley of Flowers
      • Good time for Trekking, River Rafting and other adventure activities
      • Fresh rhododendrons and other flowers bloom
      • Lakes are no more frozen
      • Good time to visit Yumthang valley

 

 

Sikkim and Gangtok Weather in June, July and August (Summer and Monsoon)

Temperature In Gangtok

June: Max 15, Min 0.5

July: Max 16, Min -0.5

August: Max 15.5, Min 1.5

Monsoon In Sikkim Credit: Marina

Monsoon In Sikkim
Credit: Marina

      • June marks the start of Summer/ Monsoon
      • Perfect time to visit waterfalls
      • Saga Dawa, that marks Buddha’s birth, enlightenment, and death is celebrated all over the state
      • Perfect time for bird watching
      • You can witness Monsoon flowering at Changu Lake, Kupup, Nathu La and North Sikkim
      • Drupka Tseshi, that celebrates Buddha’a first teaching of the four principles often falls in this month, and is celebrated with fanfare
      • Around 600 mm of rainfall takes place each month
      • Bhanu Jayanti, the birth anniversary of Nepali poet Bhanubhakt Acharya is celebrated all over the state

 

 

Best Time To Visit Gurudongmar Lake, Sikkim

Gurudongmar is a sacred lake at an altitude of 5430 m. It is the second highest lake in Sikkim after Cholamu Lake. It is believed that it was sanctified by none other than Guru Padmasambhava. A source stream for river Teesta emerges from it. It is only 5 km away from China’s border. The water is considered so holy that many tourists collect its water in a bottle. The lake remains frozen from November to mid- May, hence the best time to visit Gurudongmar Lake is from April to July.

 

Credit: Amol Hatwar

Credit: Amol Hatwar

 

Best Time To Visit Changu Lake, Sikkim

Changu Lake, also called Tsogmo Lake or Tshangu Lake is a glacial lake located in the East Sikkim district, only 40 km from Gangtok It is present at an altitude of 3780 m. Tourists need a Protected Area Permit to visit Changu Lake as it is situated close to the Chinese border. The lake gets frozen in winters and it is the time when tourists can best enjoy a Yak safari on snow. Weather is often pretty unpredictable at Changu Lake and the best time to visit the lake is between April to September as it remains either completely or partially frozen during other months. Click here to know more about Changu Lake.

 

Changu Lake Credit: Shankar S

Changu Lake
Credit: Shankar S

 

Best Time To Visit Zero Point (Yumesamdong), Sikkim

Zero Point or Yumesamdong is famous for its snow fall that takes place in the months of December to April. It is located at an altitude of 4663 m, only a few kilometers before the Chinese border in North Sikkim. One needs to do an overnight stay at Lachung from where Zero Point is almost only two hours away. However, the weather at Zero Point is unpredictable and during extreme winters, Zero Point gets closed due to heavy snow fall. The best time to visit Zero Point is between March and April.

 

Credit: Carol Mitchell

 

Flowering Season In Sikkim

With the arrival of Spring, heralds the beautiful flowering season in Sikkim. Hills and valleys are resplendent with flowers of beautiful colours, welcoming the sunshine and spirit of the Spring season. Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Orchids and other flowers decorating the state like ornaments, is one of the most mesmerising sights one can ever see. Yumthang Valley is one of the best places to enjoy this Spring bloom.

 

Spring Bloom in Sikkim

Spring Bloom in Sikkim

 

Best Time To Visit Rhododendron Sanctuaries, Sikkim

Sikkim has two Rhododendrons sanctuaries. One in Singba and another one in Varsey. The Singba Rhododendron Sanctuary is located in North Sikkim near Lachung. It has forty species of Rhododendrons. Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary is located in West Sikkim. A beautiful trek laden with colourful Rhododendrons from Hilley leads to the sanctuary. Needless to say, the best time to visit the Rhododendron Sanctuaries is during Spring months of March, April and May.

 

Rhododenadrons In Singba Rhododendron Sacnctuary Credit: Amrita Kar

Rhododenadrons In Singba Rhododendron Sacnctuary
Credit: Amrita Kar

 

Festivals In Sikkim

Having a mixed population of Hindus and Buddhists, Sikkim boasts of several rich and colourful festivals that are celebrated with much exuberance.

 

Credit: Carol Mitchell

Credit: Carol Mitchell

 

Snowfall Time in Gangtok/ Best Time To Visit Sikkim To See Snow

Snowfall in  Gangtok is a very rare and uncommon occurrence. However, places like Tsomgo Lake, Kupup Lake, Lachung, Lachen, Yumthang, and Zero Point etc. witness heavy snowfall during winters. Therefore, Winter is the best time to go to Sikkim if someone wants to see snow. However, the cold is really harsh during Winter in Sikkim.

 

Credit: Kartik MS

Credit: Kartik MS

 

Best Time To Visit Gangtok and Nearby Places

Gangtok is a destination that can be visited any time of the year. Each time has its uniqueness. If you want to enjoy harsh chill and snowfall in some other areas around Gangtok, then winter is the best season. Weather in Autumn gives clear views of the Himalayan mountain ranges. If you like mild chill and blooming flowers, then for you, Spring is the ideal season to visit Gangtok.

Credit: Motographer on Flickr

Credit: Motographer on Flickr

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