Darjeeling In May is the Best Month to travel: A Guide For A Refreshing Vacation In The Queen Of Hills!
Darjeeling In May is the Best Month to travel:
A Guide For A Refreshing Vacation In The Queen Of Hills!
Weather In Darjeeling In May
Best Time To Visit
For tourists, there are two best seasons to visit Darjeeling, one between March to May (i.e. spring & summer), and the other between October to November (i.e. autumn). These are the times when the temperature is pleasantly cool and the sky is usually clear offering lovely views of Kanchenjunga snow peaks. The summer is short from May up to June.
But by mid-June the monsoon usually sets in and lasts through mid-September. The monsoon can sometimes stretch even up to October. June 15 to September 15 is the time when all national parks and sanctuaries in Darjeeling district (including Singalila National Park, Senchal Wildlife Sanctuary, Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary and even Neora Valley National Park in Kalimpong area) remain closed to tourists. This is also the animal mating season. During monsoon and immediately thereafter, there are chances of landslides in Darjeeling area... so sometimes the routes get blocked.
The winter in Darjeeling is from December until February. Winter here can be extremely cold and snow fall is quite regular in the higher reaches of the district such as in Sandakphu. Often even Tiger Hill located only 11kms from the town too experiences snowfall during the winter.
Tourist footfall in Darjeeling becomes minimum during the winter although many tourists visit Darjeeling during Christmas and New Year time to celebrate the festivities and enjoy the cold. However during winter, the hotels (particularly of budget category) operate with minimum staff resulting in sub-optimal service, and shops and eateries close early. You should carry heavy woolens during this time and ensure that the hotel has proper heating system (preferably including electrical bed warmers so that you can sleep well at nights).
With spring setting in between March and April, Darjeeling becomes at its best. The rhododendron flowers are at their full bloom and the sky gets clear offering wonderful views of the snow peaks. The temperature also climbs and becomes comfortably cold. Summer too (May to Mid June) is an excellent time to visit Darjeeling. Temperature is very comfortable (you need only light woolens, that too during nights and early mornings) and weather remains clear for great views. Thousands of tourists keep flocking in, hotels get full and shops & eateries operate at full capacity.
All said and done, it's difficult to precisely 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.