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Darjeeling Weather & Climate

 
For tourists, there are two best seasons to visit Darjeeling town, one during the Spring which is short lived from March to April, and the other during Autumn (September to November). These are the times when the temperature is pleasantly cool and the sky is usually clear.  
 
The Summer is short from May up to June. By June the Monsoon starts and usually lasts through August. It can sometimes stretch even up to October. The winter is from December until February. Winter in Darjeeling can be very cold after December. 
 
It's difficult to predict and rely on Darjeeling's weather. Although you may see a perfectly settled and beautiful weather at one instance, soon cloud or fog can rise from the deep humid valleys and put a white blanket all around. Sometimes you can see flakes of cloud in the sky above you and at the same time some below you at the valley. 
 
Weather conditions in Darjeeling hill town do not follow the typical temperate climate of the plains. In fact it varies quite widely across the district of Darjeeling. While I shall be focussing here mainly on the weather of Darjeeling hill town, I shall also draw reference to other areas within the district like Kalimpong and Terai (Siliguri/Dooars area), and even Gangtok located in the neighboring state of Sikkim. You can accordingly work out your travel plans in the region. 
 
Let's take a deeper look into the various seasons in Darjeeling hill town: 
 
Spring in Darjeeling (March - April) 
As I mentioned earlier, Spring is one of the best periods to visit Darjeeling. However it is short. During this time flowering plants like Rhododendrons and Magnolia bloom in plenty and in different colors. You will also see many different kinds of garden flowers blooming. During Spring, while the sky remains mostly clear, you may face strong winds and even hail storms at times. 
 
 
 
The temperature ranges between 6°C at night to 17°C during day time. Overall it's a great time to enjoy Darjeeling in its best weather conditions and views of the mountains all around. So expect a lot of tourist rush during this season. All hotels go full. If you are planning to visit Darjeeling during March/April, make your hotel bookings well in advance. 
 
Summer in Darjeeling (May - July) 
Summer starts in May and lasts until July. The average temperature during summer varies between 11°C to 19°C. While May remains a popular tourist month in Darjeeling, there are good chances of showers and hails during this time. The Monsoon in Darjeeling starts in June and it starts getting misty quite frequently. So, by June most of the tourists would have left. 
 
Monsoon in Darjeeling (June - August) 
While the proper monsoon sets in during June to August, there can be frequent showers in the month of May and also between September to October. During the peak monsoon time in Darjeeling (June, July, August), the sky can be barely seen for 10 days in a month. It rains incessantly and the weather remains foggy or misty for most times. 
 
In September however, the change in the weather starts showing. The average temperature during monsoon ranges between 13°C to 19°C. However in the evening and at night, the temperature can fall and it can get quite cold. This is the period when humidity in Darjeeling is at its highest levels and can easily go past 90% of saturation. 
 
During monsoon, sometimes land slides take place in Darjeeling area that can result in important road communications getting cut off. Since there are several routes and approaches to Darjeeling, this is usually not a huge problem. In most cases, one can take a detour, although the alternative route can take more time. 
 
So is monsoon a good time to visit Darjeeling? Check out Darjeeling in Monsoon to know how I feel about it. 
 
Autumn in Darjeeling (September - November) 
Darjeeling again becomes a paradise for the tourists during these three months. Unless the monsoon is stretched, this period becomes free of rains and showers. The mist or the fog which is so common during the monsoon, now starts clearing and the sky becomes clear. This is a great time to get views of snow-peaks. Temperature ranges between 18°C to 6°C and starts becoming colder in November. Tourists start pouring in and the hotel rates go back to the peak by first week of October. 
 
 
 
Winter in Darjeeling (December - February) 
The winter in this hill town starts in December and lasts for three months through February. In the month of December the sky generally remains clear and the mountain views remain awesome. While early mornings can be quite cold, but during the day when the sun shines it can be quite pleasant. Temperature ranges between 2.5°C to 10°C . You will find lots of visitors in Darjeeling during Christmas and new year celebrations. 
 
February and March are really cold. It can get quite unpleasant for the tourists who are not used to the chill, more so when it gets foggy or clouded. Even many of the permanent residents of Darjeeling hill town plan to go down to the plains or lower levels during these two months. While the temperature generally ranges between 2°C to 9°C , it can drop to 0°C on some days. Snow fall is not very common in Darjeeling. However it does take place once in a while during these two months. This time is again free of tourists and the hotel rates get discounted heavily. But most of the shops and restaurants close down early and the hill town goes of to sleep by 7pm. 
 
Virtually no hotels in Darjeeling has central heating. The budget hotels provide blowers and small coil heaters which may not be always adequate. The high-end hotels provide better quality and bigger in-room heaters, but not in the bathrooms which remain freezing cold. But if you enjoy the chill, it can be a great fun to be in Darjeeling around this time of the year as well. However I strongly recommend that you come prepared with adequate winter clothing. 
 
Check out Darjeeling in Winter to know about experiences and recommendations from the visitors who have been to Darjeeling during the winter season. 
 
Temperature in Darjeeling 
While the temperature in Darjeeling varies widely over the year, even on a particular month, the difference between daytime and nighttime temperatures can be significant. If you like to know what you may expect on a month, then check out Temperature in Darjeeling to get a chart showing month by month expected minimum and maximum temperatures. The chart also provides comparative figures between Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Gangtok. 
 
Rainfall and Sky Conditions in Darjeeling 
Fog or mist, cloud and rain are all integral part of Darjeeling's weather. They can be unpredictable, but in certain months of the year, they are almost inevitable. If you are planning to visit Darjeeling to get views of the snow capped mountains like the majestic Kanchenjunga, then you will need to avoid these factors. Check out Darjeeling Rainfall & Sky Conditions to know about month by month possibilities of rainfall, fog, and cloudiness of sky. 
 
 
 
Humidity in Darjeeling & Kalimpong 
It can get quite sultry out here depending on when you are visiting Darjeeling. The humidity level varies depending on the time of the day and month. In the morning the humidity at Darjeeling town can range between 72% to 96%, and in the evening between 82% to 96%. The most humid months are June through September when the humidity level varies between 93-96%. The least humid months are March and December. 
 
In Kalimpong, the humidity ranges from 65% to 94% in the morning, and 59% to 93% in the evening. The least humid months are March and April. The most humid months are like in Darjeeling from June through September. 
 
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Visitors' Reviews/Comments 
 
Jemish Nemlawala (January 2014) 
Hello Sir, First of all, I would like to thank you for this wonderful information on this website and it is very useful of tourists. I am planning a visit Darjeeling-Pelling-Gangtok for honeymoon either in last week of this February or first week of march. Could you please let me know which time among these mentioned above is best and what should I expect with regards to the weather conditions and tourist population. Is this period suitable for these places. 
 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) January 2014 
February is going to be very cold. March would be better but still cold. There won't be many tourists and you should get good off-season discounts from hotels, tours etc. Good time to go. 
 
Debdutta Ghosh (November 2013) 
Hi Raj, Can You please guide me how will be weather during November last week in Darjeeling ...Is it foggy or too cold.. Is it best time to visiting with family with 4 years old child? Thanks, 
 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) November 2013 
Hi, November end can be quite cold. Night time temperature can fall to about 6 degree C. Fog is usually not a problem around this time, other than early in the mornings once in a while. Take adequate precautions, warm clothes and choose a hotel with good room heating and doctor on call service, it should be fine. 
 
Ashok Rana (October 2013) 
We are three families with all matured kids and intend to visit Darjeeling and Gangtok in second week of December. Please guide me about clothes and the weather conditions and if it is advisable. 
 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) October 2013 
Hi, Mid-December will be quite cold (particularly early mornings and after dark). Take heavy woolens, gloves, caps, socks etc. Also select hotels with adequate room heating arrangements. Some have electrically operated bed heating systems which are very effective. Its a great time with clear sky and excellent views of the snow mountains.  
 
Sumanth (October 2013) 
Hi, Me along with my family will be travelling to Darjeeling in last week of Dec 2013. We have also planned Gangtok for 2 days.We have already booked accommodation at hotel Anand Palace.Can you let us know how good is this hotel? I have taken note of pure veg hotel from your webpage. Thanks. I would like to know the climate during this time and what mandatory type of garments should I have to carry along. My kids are very keen to see Snow fall...So can we expect that in Darjeeling or Gangtok? 
 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) October 2013 
Hi, Anand Palace is a reasonably good hotel and located opposite to Big Bazaar... so quite convenient considering the shopping scene and also 7-8 minutes walk from the Mall. Although they provide small room heaters, that may not be enough. Ask for hot water bags. I would personally prefer a hotel with electrical bed heating systems during the peak winter. Several hotels in Darjeeling (even with lower budgets) now provide that. End December can be very cold in Darjeeling and you should be prepared with heavy woolens, caps, gloves and pair of socks. Snow fall is very rare in Darjeeling and also in Gangtok. So don't go with such expectation. 
 
Tanushree Katiyar (September 2013) 
I am going to visit Darjeeling on 27 September. But I am not able to decide what kind of clothes should i pack??? I want to know whether I aholud keep pure woolen clothes or just full sleeves shirt/top and a light jacket?? PLEASE REPLY ME AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Thank YOU n your website is very helpful :) 
 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) September 2013 
No need to take heavy woolens. It gets a bit chilly early mornings and after dark. Take either a light full sleeve sweater, or a light jacket or a shawl. 
 
Sunil Mittal (September 2013) 
I (55) & my wife(50) are planning to visit Darjeeling & Gangtok on 7.10.13 for a week. What clothing/necessary arrangements to be done as we are visiting there for the first time. We have already booked tour package from tour operator. What will be the temperature during this period. 
 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) September 2013 
Hi, Light woolens, jackets or shawls will be sufficient. Early mornings and after dark will be a bit cold but day time will be quite pleasant in October. Take a pair of socks to keep your feet warm just in case you feel uncomfortable. If you plan to visit high altitude places like Changu lake from Gangtok, then you must take heavy woolens, gloves, cap etc. I have described the usual month wise temperature in Darjeeling and Gangtok towns here 
 
Grace Yoon (September 2013) 
Hi Raj, My brother and me will be traveling to Darjeeling immediately upon arrival to Kolkata and reaching Darjeeling on 23/9/13. Will be staying at one of your recommended budget hotel, Revolver and in fact had confirmed our reservation with Mrs Asenla. A very nice lady in fact. Thank you. As for the weather, from 23 - 25th Sept 13, will there be heavy or intermittent rain? Can we see the 3rd highest peak and walk around visiting the beautiful and interesting places?Your advise to this is most important to us to confirm our stay there. Waiting for your advise and reply. Thank you very much. Best Regards 
 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) September 2013 
Hi Grace, There are good possibilities of intermittent showers around that time. This year the monsoon has been delayed a bit. Otherwise it usually starts receding by end September. Looks like it's going to linger on. But you never know, Weather in Darjeeling is always quite unpredictable. Occasionally the sky may get clear when you can get a view of Kanchenjunga snow peaks. Your best chances are early in the morning. The day time mostly remains cloudy in September. Regards, 
 
Munna (July 2013) 
Sir, I am planning to visit Darjeeling in September 24, I want to know is the weather in Darjeeling will be ok or not. Please tell me otherwise I will change my planning for another month. 
 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) July 2013 
By September end,  monsoon usually starts receding and weather in Darjeeling becomes quite nice. But you may still get some showers at times, and it may remain a bit cloudy. But if the monsoon gets extended or delayed, there can also be heavy rains, but chances are less. Mid October onwards the real good weather starts. 
 
Shahid (June 2013) 
Dear Sir, An Excellent Blog on How to Help Tourist specially who are coming for the first time. Its a pool of information. My question regarding visiting Darjeeling. We are planning to visit (first time) in the 3rd week of July for 3 -4 days. Is it safe to visit Darjeeling due to heavy rain? Best Regard 
 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) June 2013 
Hi, July is in peak monsoon period in Darjeeling. So expect overcast sky and almost continuous showers with few breaks in between. There is no safety issue as such other than chances of landslides blocking the routes. However major landslides are not very common but possible. If there is heavy fog while driving up to Darjeeling or down to the plains, it can severely affect the visibility. Ask the driver to pull aside or drive very slow. Drive only during the day time and not after dark. Do not plan for too much of outdoor sightseeing around this time. Just enjoy the hill town and its ambience in monsoon. Read my following article for more information: Darjeeling in Monsoon 
 
Sujata Dey (June 2013) 
Is June a good time to visit? I know the weather will be quite pleasant but am skeptical about the rain. From your past experience what do you think? Do I need to hire an AC Car for the stretch between the plains and the hills at this time of the year? 
 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) June 2013 
There is 70/30 chance of rains in June. Sky will be mostly cloudy unless you are lucky. You don't need an AC car unless you want to avoid dust until Matigara. From that point on, pollution reduces drastically as the car takes a turn towards the hills. 
 
Rajesh.S (May 2013) 
Hi Raj, your website is fantastic & serves as one stop shop for all information related to Darjeeling with regular/latest updates. Thanks a lot. My question:- Is this September 22nd to 26th a right time to visit Darjeeling? Planning to visit with my wife & 2 yrs old kid. Have noted down taxi details & local tour details from this website. 1.Considering my kid, I do not want to get stuck in rains/bad weather. 2.Please suggest hotels that give good hill view from the room to stay. 3. Suggest with a 24 hrs nursing home in Darjeeling, just in case, as I come to a cold place with my kid who has never seen a temperature less than 30 deg approx. Please help with details as am from south & have never visited west. Thanks & regards, 
 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com, May 2013) 
Hi, September end is generally a good time to visit Darjeeling and temperature remains moderate. But nobody can guarantee the weather. If monsoon gets deferred, it can shower anytime during the day. I don't know your budget, so suggesting a hotel makes no sense. Check out Darjeeling Hotels with Views and choose one. 
 
There is no 24-hours nursing home in Darjeeling. I suggest that you choose a decent hotel (not of budget category) and one that has in-house medical service or doctor on-call service. Once you shortlist a few hotels, you should call up and talk to the hotel manager/staff and confirm this. Regards, 
 
Sabyasachi Bose (May 2013) 
Dear Raj, My family (including my 1.5year old daughter and my 65 year old mother, my wife and my inlaws) and I are visiting Darjeeling on 1st June and we have booked Hotel Shangrila and Hotel Shangrila Regency (because not enough rooms were available in Shangrila!).We  are returning on 5th June..... We are worried about the weather during that time. Do u think its unwise to take such a little child to Darjeeling during this time of the year? What hazards can we expect? U have been a great guide for me, so please reply to my questions, I will be waiting...... Regards 
 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com, May 2013) 
Why are you expecting hazards? Many tourists prefer the monsoon in Darjeeling although you may still be lucky not to get much rains. The only issue during monsoon is possibility of landslides. But major landslides are rare and even if there is a road block, it is usually temporary, or alternative routes are then used. I don't anticipate much problems with an infant, although you must take all precautions including medicines etc. Check out with the hotel if they have on call medical service. 
 
You should stay with your child at Hotel Shangrila which is close to the center (Mall) and where most amenities are easily available including pharmacies. Drink only packaged/mineral water. Do not drink hotel supplied water even if they are filtered. Shangrila Regency is quite far away (although within walkable distance). I would have chosen a nearby hotel like Sunflower or Olde Main Bellevue so that all could stay close to each other. Elders may not find it easy to walk up to the mall every time from Shangrila Regency. 
 
Sagar K (April 2013) 
Hi. Thanks for this website providing very useful info. We are planning to visit Darjeeling in last week of July just for 2 day of weekend Could you share with us last year's monsoon experience during this period? My major concern is that there should not be transport problem in and out of the town to Jalpaiguri because of landslides. Suppose it happens is there any other detour, because we have to catch a flight from Kolkata for our next destination. It should not b missed due to any blockage. Thanks. 
 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com, April 2013) 
No one can guarantee when and whether a landslide would take place in Darjeeling, particularly during monsoon time. Last year was generally okay and that serves no guarantee for the future. Having said that, unless it's a major landslide (which is rare), the roads get cleared up within few hours. If the landslide takes place at night, it usually gets cleared next day morning itself. But if the luck is not on your side and it takes place while you are on your way, then you will need to back track to a point where an alternative route is available, which may result in loss of time. How much that depends on your location and traffic jams that may take place due to such incident. 
 
But in general, there are alternative routes available from various points. The type of alternative routes depend on at which point the landslide takes place. Suppose you know in advance of such a slide before you start from Darjeeling. If the landslide has taken place after Kurseong on Hill Cart Road, then you can take an alternative route from Kurseong via Pankhabari or Rohini. There is no time loss here. If it takes place between Ghoom and Kurseong, then one can take the route via Mirik. This route will take one and half hours more than normal time. If there are problems in more than one roads, there are also forested routes around the mountain up to Kurseong. Those are very narrow winding roads and can take several hours more. 
 
Prashant Marwaha (February 2013) 
Hi Raj, Great site. A lot of info for the tourists planning to visit Darjeeling. Need your advise on 1 thing before I take your help on the plan. I know that its already mentioned under 'Weather' section that May - August is the monsoon period; still I wanted to double check with you as we had already been planning this trip for sometime, and realised only today morning through your website that the time we are planning to visit may not be the best of times. Me and my wife are planning to come to Darjeeling for 5-6 days in May/June. We will be travelling by Rajdhani. 
 
We are in mid-thirties; and the tentative schedule is either 19th May -25th May or 9th June to 15th June. We like good scenic places and would like to make best use of these 5-6days by visiting nearby places as well. In terms of weather, both of us like a mix of foggy/misty mornings, sunny days, and chilly nights. Now that we know that this will be monsoon period, should we scrap our plan? Or, one of these dates will be good to travel, and chances of rains spoiling the fun would be minimal. Regards 
 
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com, February 2013) 
Hi, Month of May is a better time than June when you are considering rain spoling the show. There may still be some showers, but usually you can make your plans work nicely in May. But the cons is ... it's summer vacation time and Darjeeling gets packed with tourists... mainly famlies & noisy kids. Take a call... 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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