HOW TO GET THERE
New Jalpaiguri – 148 kms
Bagdogra – 124 kms
Siliguri – 110 kms
WHAT TO CARRY
Get a good waterproof backpack to ensure your hands are free during the trek.
Choosing the right footwear is absolutely vital. Ordinary sports shoes or sturdy sandals won't do. Buy specialised trekking boots or shoes that have a good grip on the earth, so you don't slip and fall. Check out some sturdy trekking shoes here : http://www.alpinasports.com/catalog/trekking-shoes/29-39
Invest in a good lip balm and, to protect your skin from the scorching sun, a sunscreen.
An insect repellent will always come in handy, especially during the monsoon
Keep a first-aid kit ready so that it comes in handy in case of a medical emergency.
A pair of binoculars is always useful during treks to spot birds and wildlife that you may chance upon.
Do ask your F&B manager to pack you a light snack and at least two litres of water so you can re-energise yourself while you take in the sights!
Summer: 13°C – 21°C
Winter: 0.48°C – 13°C
BEST TIME TO VISIT
The best time to visit Gangtok is between October and mid-December when clear views of the Himalayan peaks are guaranteed or again between March and May when the flowers are in bloom. January and February means snow in the higher altitudes and visits to many of the tourist spots is not possible, as roads remain closed. June to September brings heavy rains causing landslides that often disrupt communication.
The weather of Gangtok undergoes a rainy season during the months from May to early October. Fog is common in Gangtok during the months starting from the month of May until the month of December. July is the wettest month in Gangtok.
July is the wettest month in Gangtok.
The Tashiding Gompa hosts the annual Buddhist festival of Bumchu in January. During January-February the dancing festival of Chaam is held in Enchey Gompa.
Saga Dawa is held in Gangtok during May, and Drukpa Teshi is celebrated throughout Sikkim during July that mark Buddha's first teaching.