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Namchi Weather And Best Time To Visit Namchi
The name Namchi can literally be translated to ‘top of the sky’ in the Bhutia language; a scenic little town situated at an altitude of 1600 m in the southern district of Sikkim. It has gradually become a vital tourist spot in the state that promises breathtaking views of the Kanchenjunga and other notable peaks, along with being a major pilgrimage location for Buddhists from all over the world.
Namchi is a picturesque hill station that with great weather, except the few monsoon months; and can be visited almost all year long. However, to make the most out of your trip and enjoy its many cultural aspects, here is an account of the best time to visit Namchi.
Summer (March – June)
Unlike most north Indian cities, summers in this part of Sikkim are the most pleasant time of the year. The temperatures usually range between an enjoyable 4ᴼC-12ᴼC; rarely exceeding a maximum of 28ᴼC. Even then, the weather remains warm yet comfortable enough to undertake most of the sightseeing and outdoor activities. This is also the best season to visit Namchi.
Monsoon (July – September)
Monsoons in Namchi usually entail very heavy rainfall throughout July to September. While the temperature ranges between a cool 5ᴼC-13ᴼC, there are frequent storms in the region as well. Traveling and other outdoor activities are usually hindered due to the unpredictable weather conditions, making it an unsuitable time to visit Namchi.
Winter (October – February)
Winters in Namchi can get pretty extreme. While the months of October and November are cold yet pleasant enough to enjoy all outdoor activities in the town, December onwards the temperature reaches into negative digits and can go as low as -15ᴼC, with highs of an average 8ᴼC. Snow covers all of Namchi and creates an ethereal vision, with amazing snow covered views of the mountains.
The month of October is also known for its food and cultural festivals that feature as one of the highlights of visiting Namchi, with the month of February holding the annual Flower Show.