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Darjeeling Weather And Best Time To Visit Darjeeling
Darjeeling in West Bengal is one of India's most well-known hill stations, famous for its picturesque surrounding. The city is located at 2042 meters above sea level. It is surrounded by the Kanchenjunga range and most tourists visit here to see the exhilarating view of these magnificent peaks. You can also enjoy the famous tea estates located all around Darjeeling.
The city sees a large number of tourists and the number keeps increasing each year. The summers are fairly windy and pleasant, while the monsoons are relaxing with the misty mountain air and rains. In winters the temperature varies from 6-18 degrees Celsius and the place is swarmed with tourists because of the perfect weather conditions. Read on for a detailed guide of Darjeeling weather and the best time to visit Darjeeling.
Summer (April to June)
This is the peak season for tourists in Darjeeling as the weather at this time remains pleasant. The temperature is around 25 degrees Celsius which is perfect for sightseeing and enjoying the beauty of the hill-station. Light cotton clothes are more than enough for this weather.
Monsoon (July to September)
During monsoon the city faces heavy rainfall which may cause landslides in certain areas. But if heavy rains don’t deter you, this may be a good time to visit the place to enjoy the lush green beauty which makes up for some really great pictures if you care for photography. The temperature varies from 13 to 19 degrees Celsius.
September is seen as a good time to visit Darjeeling as the rains start to subside and the weather becomes more predictable with comparatively less rainfall. After the showers the valley looks green and refreshingly vibrant.
Winter (October to March)
Winters start from late October. A steady chill descends over the valley and the temperature varies between 5 to 7 degrees Celsius. While the mornings can be cold for some, the afternoons are perfect with the sunshine. There are a lot of tourists here for new year's and Christmas celebrations. This time of the year can get too much for those who are not accustomed hill winters so take necessary precautions.
Even though Darjeeling never sees snowfall, the temperature still dips to -2 degrees Celsius. The shops and eateries often close down by 8 p.m. as no one wants to be out in the open late at night. If you are carrying the right woolens, this is the perfect weather for that romantic walk around the city under the stars.