Best Time And Season To Visit Gangtok In 2021
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Gangtok, the capital city of the Indian state Sikkim, is a paradise for explorers, nestled in the northern part of the country. The home of some impressive natural and man-made attractions, Gangtok draws in tourists in its lush bounds throughout the year. However, the autumn season is believed to be the best time to visit Gangtok by most tourists. Soon after the rainfalls recede, clear skies greet tourists, offering them breathtaking views of mighty Himalayan peaks which normally stay hidden during the monsoon season. Moreover, the climate during the months of mid-September to mid-November is usually pleasant, which gives visitors a comfortable atmosphere for exploration. You can book our 5 Days Sikkim Tour Packages to experience the best of the place at a discount of flat 28% off. Stay in the best resorts in Gangtok having amazing hospitality and comfort, you can book them anytime of the year.

However, the best season to visit Gangtok is ultimately a matter of preference and convenience. For instance, if you love snow and can comfortably bear low temperatures, you must visit Gangtok during winters. On the other hand, if you want to enjoy the greens of Gangtok, you may also visit the place during the summer season.

Here are the best seasons to visit Gangtok:

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Latest Information on Travelling to GANGTOK?

Entry is restricted in Gangtok from all states. Although, inter district movement within the city is allowed on weekdays.

  • Wearing a mask and following social distancing is mandatory for all, in public spaces.
  • Entry is restricted from all states in India for leisure travel
  • For entry to residents of Gangtok, an e-pass will be required for entry which can be obtained from their official website.
  • Small vehicles can carry only 3 passengers
  • For inter and intra district movement, vehicles having numbers ending with an odd digit can only run on odd dates and vehicles having numbers ending with even digits can only run on even dates. This does not apply to two-wheelers
  • Two-wheelers must only have one person
  • All shops, malls and markets are openRead more

Entry to travellers coming from other states is restricted.


Pakyong Airport in Gangtok is not yet functional.

Local Transport

Local transport in Gangtok is functional including taxis.

Thrillophilia recommends you to follow all guidelines issued by the Sikkim governement and travel to the state only when deemed safe and the borders reopen.

Inter and intra district movement of people allowed on weekdays Updated: 19 Sep 2020

Inter and intra district movement is being allowed across Sikkim on weekdays with the odd-even stipulation. This does not apply to containment zones.Read more.

Hotels in Gangtok stand closed for travellers Updated: 19 Sep 2020

As the inter-state movement in Sikkim is still restricted, hotels and resorts in Gangtok still stand closed for travellers.

Pakyong Airport of Gangtok stands closed for travellers Updated: 19 Sep 2020

Pakyong Airport in Gangtok stands closed for all travellers as of now. no flights are functional to Gangtok.

Inter state movement restricted in Gangtok Updated: 19 Sep 2020

Entry into Gangtok for lesiure travel is barred as of now and is only allowed to its residents with an e-pass which can be obtained from the official website of Sikkim.


Gangtok in Summer

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The period between April to June marks the presence of the summer season in Gangtok.

With no probability of snowfalls or rainfalls altering your travel plans, the summer months vouch for a smooth travel experience in Gangtok. Moreover, if you want to avoid confronting bone-chilling temperatures, these months are the most recommended time for you to visit Gangtok. The average temperature hovers around 20 degree Celsius in summers.

You can enjoy clear blue skies, contrasting with the lush green landscape of the town during the summer months here. The climate is usually pleasant, featuring sunshine with refreshing cool breeze soothing your soul and body. It is also the best time to have a good look at the diversity of flora the region boasts of, as fields and hills wear different shades of green with colourful flowers adorning their facets.

Almost all of the tourist attractions in the city are accessible in summers. The major spots you can visit here are Tashi View Point, Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Enchey Monastery, Bakthang Falls, Thakurbari Temple and many more amazing places in North Sikkim.

One can expect to enjoy sightseeing and other activities in Gangtok during the summer months. The activities that you can indulge in on your visit to Gangtok are cable car rides, mountain biking, river rafting, trekking, and paragliding. Besides, the picture-perfect vistas of the pristine nature also offer great opportunities for photography enthusiasts.

Average day temperature:
20 degree Celsius

Average night temperature:
14 degree Celsius

If you are planning a visit to Sikkim, you cannot miss out on Gangtok, There are many wonderful places to visit in Gangtok which make it one of the best tourist destinations in India.

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Gangtok in Winter

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The period between November to February marks the presence of the winter season in Gangtok.

Though, not the most recommended time to visit Gangtok generally, the winter season is a great time to visit the place if you have a sweet spot for chilly climate and fresh snow in your heart. The magical-looking Gangtok, hiding under a white blanket of snow welcomes a number of visitors even during the cold months. One may prefer to visit the city during the winter season to experience a different avatar of the place if there is snow. The average day temperature during these winter months in Gangtok is normally around 14 degree Celsius, with the night temperature dropping down to a minimum of 4 degree Celsius.

Since the winters in Gangtok are not really very harsh and snowfalls are frequent, most places are accessible during winter months except in case of extraordinary situations. If you visit Gangtok in the winter season, you can enjoy shopping at Lal Bazar and explore numerous tourist attractions like Lake Tsomgo, Gurudongmar Lake, Nathu La Pass, Rumtek and various other monasteries.

You can enjoy various adventure activities including trekking, paragliding, river rafting, and snow activities during the winter months in Gangtok. The presence of snow in Gangtok and the surrounding mighty Himalayan peaks also makes it the best season for photographers to visit Gangtok.

Average day temperature
: 14degree Celsius

Average night temperature:
4 degree Celsius.

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Gangtok in Monsoon

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The period between July to September marks the presence of the winter season in Gangtok.

The monsoon season is considered to be the least favourite season among tourists to visit Gangtok due to heavy rainfalls that make the movement in the region challenging, causing the blockage of roads. The landslide incidents due to rains every now and then also render the place a little unsafe during the monsoon months. Moreover, you can also not get to enjoy clear views of snow-capped hills as there are thick clouds and fog covering the area during this time.

On the other hand, as it starts to rain, the vegetation of the town blossoms. The perfect blend of green vegetation under the shrouds of white clouds and mist make the place appear surreal. So, if you do not have a tight schedule to follow, you can still visit Gangtok during the rainy season and admire the vibrant atmosphere that is a pure visual delight to one’s eyes.

You can visit most tourist sites unless it is raining heavily. Though you may not be able to enjoy activities like river rafting and motorbiking during monsoons, you can still opt for activities like trekking and sightseeing.

Average day temperature: 18 degree Celsius

Average night temperature: 10 degree Celsius

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20 November 2018
About the operators: Thrillophilia ties up with trek operators for this amazing trek. The team that carries the group is well trained, well versed and allows the trekkers to focus on their trekking. To provide service at such altitude with smile on face is bliss. They also have some hidden gems planned during the trek for people to be pleasantly surprised. Our trek guide Premtuk is an old hand and lives in Yaksum region. His ability to guide the team as well as captain the support staff was fantastic. He also made sure that trekkers were absolutely taken care off. He had excellent support staff and 12 horses to make sure that we had a glitch-free day’s and nights. Tenzing, vijay and others who worked tirelessly and with laughter all the time made the time memorable. About the trek: this trek offers variety for a serious trekker. The trails and paths are not the same throughout or even different times of the year. It has varied degree of difficulty and hence one needs to be physically and mentally prepared to harness the strength. One connects to self and nature throughout and comes back rejuvenated. It’s not just the moments of seeing sunrise or the summit from various points or watching Mt Pantim alone that takes your breath away but also the journey. It’s a pilgrimage to your own inner self that one ends up discovering. Finally few words of suggestions: for city dwellers who come for this trek, it’s a great idea to come and stay In yuksam few days in advance and do some of other amazing treks. Not only it helps in acclimatisation but also allows you to soak in local culture and food.
"The beauty of this trek is all about the landscape. You start of the trek from dense forest with fresh streams and then to Rhododendron trees when you gain altitude , later which you would come across a beautiful valley overlooking Mt Kanchenjunga. Try out the local cuisine in Yuksom. Thukpa and Chang are two things you need to try out. Although the trek is not recommended for first time trekkers you can still give it a shot provided you are fit and have taken all the items in checklist. "
23 November 2019
This was my first trip with Thrillophilia as well as with complete strangers. I must say that Thrillophilia did not disappoint me ( nobody is perfect, so be flexible to accept minute glitches) . The whole trip went so smooth , starting from the pick up from airport, the hotels we got, arrangement of permits, site seeing and drop at the airport. Special thanks to Deep ( trip coordinator from tour angle) and Ammu ( my cab driver) . P. S. : if you want to see the flower calf yumthang valley and the frozen Tsomgo and Gurudongmar lake , then the ideal time to visit north Sikkim is March-April. November is the ideal time to witness the pleasant winter of sikkim along with its untouched beauty. Looking forward to travel more with Thrillophilia. P.S: the only problem which we faced was two co- passengers who used to get late for everything and because of them we had to rush from each location because of time constraint ( I totally understand that this things isn’t in the hand of Thrillophilia)
16 October 2015
Trekking in the state of Sikkim is very different and a unique experience that you would not gain from trekking in any other part of India. The Indian Himalayas trek in Sikkim is awesome and a must take. What we enjoyed the most were the mountains, the trek trails, the people and their unique culture. This was a sharp contrast to our habits and culture. The trek is not that difficult and it is in fact very much feasible to be taken even by a first timer as well. The trekking was very nicely planned and organized with perfect budget. Do try this trek.
01 July 2015
Located in the state of Sikkim, this Goecha La trek is my dream and desire come true. This trek is a treat to all the adventure lovers who are in our country or visit our country. This place is nestled midst colourful, unique, and vibrant flora and fauna. This trek also paves way to the astounding Kanchenjunga National Park that can be visited in a day. This trek is an opulent beauty as it opens doors to murky valleys, snow clad mountain peaks, astonishing lakes, and lovely rivers in Sikkim. I was just marvelled at the spectacular beauty of this place.
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26 January 2021
Who does not dream of a farmhouse stay amidst the rolling Himalayan Mountains and an emerald green forest? Yes, I am no different because I have craved for such an experience all my life and I am extremely glad that Thrillophilia came on board to grant all that I desired. My 2 days one night experiential stay at a Farmhouse in Gangtok not just let me have a perfect getaway but so much more. I learnt about terrace farming, plucked ripe fruits from the trees, enjoyed picnics along the streams, and tried my hands on organic farming. I still miss my bedroom in the homestay that had a skylight right above the bed to let me stargaze endlessly. Thank you Thrillophilia for such a splendid experience!
19 January 2021
A tour of Sikkim and Darjeeling was always on my mind having heard so much about the Yumthang (valley of flowers), the Batasia loop and the mighty tiger hill to catch a scenic sunrise. As a solo traveler I decided to book with Thrillophilia for a 8-day trip to set forth a Sikkim Darjeeling tour that would include all these places. I am extremely elated I did as the teams ensured hassle free travel in air-conditioned vehicles besides stays and dinner at the most hygienic hotels. I am back at Pune after the trip in March but I feel I am back with a piece of Tibet and North Bengal in my heart. I still cherish going to this picturesque hamlet of Chungthang, the stunning Kanchenjunga National Park, and the pristine Gurudongmar Lake. I have absolutely loved my stopover at Kyongnosla and a visit to the Baba Harbhajan dham besides of course the scenic sunrise at Tiger hill, and candlelight dinner at the most unexpected locations. Thanks a ton Thrillophilia for the most wholesome experience there could be!
17 February 2021
My partner got hold of a Thrillophilia voucher for a Sikkim homestay that initially I was not that keen on using. However, I went ahead and set off for this Traveler’s paradise homestay for 2 days and one night. And, I am so glad I did because it was one of the nicest stay experiences. Our homestay was perched on a hilltop’s edge and offered sweeping views of the Himalayan foothills, the snowy Nathula peaks, and the snaking Teesta River. A special thanks to thrillophilia for giving tripping a whole new spin as we could go for forest picnics, nature walks, and practice angling at the Kaleej Khola. To this day, I keep telling my partner as to how we need another trip soonish. Only, to try the roast chicken with thumba, under a starlit sky of the Traveler’s paradise homestay, with the chilling mountain wind for company.
20 February 2021
A complete year of no travels or moving owing to the lockdown left me feeling highly depressed. It is then that me and my friends quickly planned a trip that would include the total Silk route. Staying in Kolkata this is the closest destination we could travel. But, after a lot of deliberations as to who will arrange the trip we thought of giving Thrillophilia a try. And, we are so glad we did. We were greeted and had the warmest welcome on arrival at the Bagdogra airport before one of Thrillophilia’s representatives transferred us to the pristine Sillery gaon. No wonder the hamlet is called New Darjeeling as the place looks like heaven with the tall pine trees and offers uninterrupted views of the Kanchenjunga mountain. We stayed at a plush guesthouse with well-washed linens and clean washrooms. Later, we left for Aritar, spent a night there and after a wholesome breakfast, proceeded to Zuluk to spend a happening evening. At a remote place such as Zuluk Thrillophilia ensured we stayed at a comfy hotel. If you have the silk route in mind and desire to experience the Tibetan culture at its best then this 6 day trip to some of the most gorgeous locations of Lampokhari lake, Reshikola, Kupup lake, Jelep La pass, Tukla Valley and several more, will woo you beyond measure.

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  1. What is the best time to visit Gangtok for a honeymoon?

    The best time to visit Gangtok for a honeymoon is in the summer season. This includes the months of April, May, and June. The temperature remains around 20 degrees Celsius with no unexpected rainfall to hinder your plans. You can engage in adventurous activities and witness the beauty of nature with your partner.
  2. Which is the best season to visit Gangtok?

    The best season to visit Gangtok is either the spring season or the autumn season. The spring season includes March to June, and the autumn season encompasses September and October. The cool weather and the picturesque view of the alluring nature around attract a huge number of tourists during these seasons.
  3. What is the best time to visit Gangtok with friends?

    If you and your friends have a love for the winter season, then you can visit Gangtok in the winter season. This extends from the month of November till February. The thick blanket of snow, the fewer crowd, and abundance of adventurous activities make it the ideal time to visit with friends.
  4. Is there snowfall in Gangtok?

    Certain areas in Gangtok experience snowfall while others do not. The temperature falls and the harsh environmental conditions stop all activities at times. If you are specifically visiting Gangtok for the snowfall, then plan the trip in late December to early February. Places like Tsomgo Lake, Zero Point, etc. witness snowfall.
  5. How many days are enough for Gangtok?

    If you have planned to visit only Gangtok and not the nearby attraction sites, then 2 days are enough. You can explore this magical town and be stunned by the ethereal beauty of nature that surrounds this place. Various thrill-inducing outdoor activities and glorious architectural beauty await for you here.

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