Dipankar Dey (June 2021)
I would like to see snowfall and enjoy greenery in a place near Darjeeling. Also stay in a homestay with my family. What is your recommendation... please mention. Thanking you.
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) June 2021
Snowfall is not common in Darjeeling proper or near around although it snows once in a while during the winter. However, you will get lots of greenery in the outskirts such as Tinchuley, Takdah, Lamahatta, Lepchajagat where there are many homestays. If you want snowfall, then you need to go to the higher reaches such as to places like Tonglu, Tumling, Sandakphu etc (all on the Sandakphu route)... there are several lodges and homestays at these places... shortly after Tumling, the Singalila National Park starts and you can get good greenery there as well, additionally, you get an awesome view of Kanchenjunga range from these places. You need to go there in late November onwards (it can be freezing cold though).
Jayashree (January 2020)
We are planning for a vacation in Gangtok and Darjeeling from March 15 2020 till March 22 2020. Can we see the snow and is it the best time to visit ?
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) January 2020
March is a good time to visit both Darjeeling and Gangtok. However, the possibility of seeing snow in proper Darjeeling or Gangtok is remote, in fact snowing in Darjeeling and Gangtok towns are quite rare. You can still see some snow if you visit Tsomgo lake from Gangtok, or even better, at Nathula Pass.
Heena (January 2019)
Hi Raj, I have just come across your website and m lucky it came at the right time. We are 2 friends (females) taking our first trip next week. Our agenda is to feel and experience snowfall, nature and view the amazing peaks. We are short on time as we have 5 days, we will start from Darjeeling and wish to go to snowy places. We do plan to explore Gangtok as well. Please advise what great places we should go to and how do we manage our time.
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) January 2019
Hi, you are unlikely to get snow in Darjeeling or Gangtok. From Gangtok go to Tsomgo lake and further up to Baba Mandir and Nathula (if the route is open). You will certainly get a lot of snow there. It's a day trip from Gangtok and you can get back by 3pm. Go through a proper tour operator... you need to get a protected area permit which the operator can arrange. Carry passport size photos and proper Photo ID Cards.
Samir Khan (December 2017)
Hi Raj, All your posts about Darjeeling and Sikkim are mind blowing, just need to ask I am planning to visit Tsomgo Lake with my 2 kids (5 and 3yrs), want to enjoy snow in Feb 3rd week.
can I find snow during Feb 3rd week? route to Tsomgo Lake is opened in Feb? any other do u recommend to visit for snow near Darjeeling or Gangtok. Kindly advice. Thanks
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) December 2017
Hi, route to Tsomgo lake is sometimes closed between December to February due to heavy snow. If it's open on the day, you can go after taking the necessary permit. Snowing is rare in Darjeeling and Gangtok.
Sasikiran (October 2017)
Hi Raj, Thanks a ton for giving infinite details. Your passion about travelling is highly appreciated. I'm planing to visit Darjling on NOV 11th to 13th Nov (Nov 10th night by 9 I will reach Darjeeling from Bagodara airport). My doubt is about, is it the correct time to see Snow fall at TONGLU and return to Darjeeling on same day? If so then I will plan to go there on 12th November. Advice me whether my planing is good or not. Thanks in advance.
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) October 2017
While snowing in Tonglu is never assured, chances are low in November. Usually heavy snowfall takes place between December to February.
Chandan Singh (October 2016)
Sir, I am planning to visit Gangtok & Darjeeling from 14th to 21st November 2016. We are 4 adult members in the age group of 55 to 62 years. Want to see snow fall. Please guide where to visit during this period to see snow fall. Want to visit independently hiring taxis/cars etc. and want to visit Nathula pass compulsorily. Can we get permits directly after reaching Gangtok from the concerned authorities after mailing required documents in advance. Thanks a lot in advance for guidance.
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) October 2016
You can get snow at Tsomgo lake and beyond at Nathula. However road to Nathula may be closed if the snowfall is heavy. You can get the permits after reaching Gangtok. Carry required docs and keep half-a-day in the morning for getting the pass.
Karan (October 2015)
Hi Raj, This is probably the best and most informative site for Darjeeling on the Internet. Kudos to you for that. I was planning a visit to Darjeeling during January, with my family. We would be put up at The Swiss. The only question I have is that we are eager on having to see snow/fall. Apart from Sandakphu, would there be any place close by to be able to experience snow. And if so, could you please help me with where could I find an easy commute, along with the prices for the same. Thanks in advance.
Raj (darjeeling-tourism.com) October 2015
Hi, you won't usually find snow in Darjeeling. You can find plenty from Tumling onwards as you go towards Sandakphu. Otherwise you will need to try places like Tsomgo lake from Gangtok (it requires separate permits). Sometimes it snows at Tiger Hill as well.