The best times to visit Gangtok for ideal weather are

October 22nd to March 18th

based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.

 

 


Other Gangtok Travel Info

Weather in Gangtok

Temperature

Average temperatures in Gangtok vary greatly. Considering humidity, temperatures feel cold all year with a low chance of precipitation most of the year. The area is less temperate than some — in the 21st percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Gangtok, the hottest months are July, August, and then June. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early to mid July where highs are regularly around 55.9°F (13.3°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 41.8°F (5.4°C) at night.

Gangtok Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

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Gangtok Temperatures (Celsius)

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“Feels-Like” Temperatures

The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.

Gangtok Perceived Temperature (F)

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Gangtok Perceived Temperature (C)

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Average Gangtok Temperatures by Month

Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.

Show Fahrenheit

Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
Jan 36.4 18.6 1.7
Feb 36.1 20.1 4
Mar 41 27.6 14.4
Apr 45.5 33.8 23.1
May 49.1 39.3 30.2
Jun 54.1 45.8 39
Jul 55.2 47.6 41.5
Aug 54.6 46.8 40.6
Sep 52.5 43.6 36.2
Oct 46.8 34.4 23.1
Nov 44.7 27.5 13.3
Dec 41.2 22.5 6.1

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 2.4 -7.4 -16.8
Feb 2.3 -6.6 -15.6
Mar 5 -2.4 -9.8
Apr 7.5 1 -4.9
May 9.5 4.1 -1
Jun 12.3 7.7 3.9
Jul 12.9 8.7 5.3
Aug 12.6 8.2 4.8
Sep 11.4 6.4 2.3
Oct 8.2 1.3 -4.9
Nov 7.1 -2.5 -10.4
Dec 5.1 -5.3 -14.4

 


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Gangtok are November, December, and then January. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early to mid January. For example, on the week of January 8th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late July with an average of 4 days of significant precipitation the week of July 23rd.

When can you find snow in Gangtok? Weather stations report a bit of annual snow likely to be deepest around March, especially close to mid March. The best time to ski (if at all) in Gangtok is often around around March 19th when fresh powder is deepest. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.

Chance of Precipitation

The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Gangtok.

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Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Gangtok (in).

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Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 2% 0 0.2
Feb 5% 0 0.6
Mar 12% 0.8 1.6
Apr 8% 0 0.8
May 13% 0.4 2.6
Jun 27% 0 2.3
Jul 50% 0 4.5
Aug 40% 0 3.7
Sep 23% 0 2.1
Oct 8% 0.4 1.4
Nov 0% 0 0
Dec 0% 0 0

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 2 0 0.5
Feb 5 0 1.5
Mar 12 2 4.1
Apr 8 0 2
May 13 1 6.6
Jun 27 0 5.8
Jul 50 0 11.4
Aug 40 0 9.4
Sep 23 0 5.3
Oct 8 1 3.6
Nov 0 0 0
Dec 0 0 0

 

Humidity and Wind

Gangtok has some very humid months, and dry months in the opposite season. The least humid month is December (23.7% relative humidity), and the most humid month is July (73.9%).

Wind in Gangtok is usually calm. The windiest month is June, followed by May and July. June’s average wind speed of around 8.5 knots (9.8 MPH or 15.8 KPH) is considered “a gentle breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in late January and early February where average top sustained speeds reach 17.1 knots, which is considered a fresh breeze.

Relative Humidity (%)

The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Gangtok.

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Wind

The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

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Average Wind Speeds

Show Wind Speeds

All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.

Month Avg. Wind Avg. Wind Feel Sustained High Wind High Wind Feel
Jan 6.6 Light breeze 16.3 Significant breeze
Feb 6.6 Light breeze 15.9 Significant breeze
Mar 6.4 Light breeze 14.9 Significant breeze
Apr 6.6 Light breeze 15.4 Significant breeze
May 8 Gentle breeze 16.3 Significant breeze
Jun 8.5 Gentle breeze 16.5 Significant breeze
Jul 7.4 Gentle breeze 15.7 Significant breeze
Aug 6.9 Light breeze 14.8 Significant breeze
Sep 6.9 Light breeze 14.4 Significant breeze
Oct 6.7 Light breeze 15 Significant breeze
Nov 6 Light breeze 15.5 Significant breeze
Dec 6 Light breeze 15.7 Significant breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 24.5%
Feb 35.1%
Mar 44.8%
Apr 52.2%
May 59.7%
Jun 67.5%
Jul 73.9%
Aug 72.8%
Sep 69.1%
Oct 54.1%
Nov 36.9%
Dec 23.7%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Gangtok?

Our best data indicates this area is somewhat safe, but with extra warnings in a few regions. As of Oct 07, 2019 there are travel warnings and regional advisories for India; exercise a high degree of caution and avoid some areas. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories. This advisory was last updated on Sep 19, 2019.


 

The Busiest and Least Crowded Months

The busiest month for tourism in Gangtok, India is August, followed by November and April. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Gangtok in March. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.

Estimated Tourism by Month

 

Most Popular Months to Visit

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Tourists Seeking Accommodations

Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Tourism data for this area is slightly extrapolated based on nearby areas. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 30.3 in March means 30.3% of the tourists vs. August.

 

 

Overall Gangtok Travel Experience by Season

Spring (March through May)

Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel very cold. Highs range from 51.1°F (10.6°C) and 37.2°F (2.9°C) with warmer temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 2 to 4 days of significant precipitation per month. Spring is fairly slow for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for deals.

Summer (June through August)

The middle-year months have cold weather with high temperatures that are still jacket weather. These months see the most precipitation with 8 to 15 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Gangtok, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.

Fall (September through November)

Fall daily highs range from 53°F (11.7°C) and 42.6°F (5.9°C), which will feel very chilly given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a normal amount: 0 to 7 days per month. Tourism is the second busiest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be slightly higher priced.

Winter (December through February)

Weather is far too cold this time of year in Gangtok to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 45.8°F (7.7°C) and 33.6°F (0.9°C). On average, it rains or snows a very small amount: 0 to 1 times per month. These times of year are the slowest with tourists.

 

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