Best Time to Visit Sikkim

Paradise found: the best time to visit Sikkim

Author: Tanuja Rai
Date: 2020-03-26

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When they said that “good things come in small packages” they weren’t lying. Sikkim is the second smallest state of India but though small it is the best and the richest when it comes to its seemliness nature splendor. Settled comfortably in the laps of the great Himalayas, Sikkim is bordered by countries like Bhutan, Nepal, and Tibet, and nature has been extra kind in her bounty. Sikkim stands out for its unparalleled natural beauty, bewitching and dramatic landscapes, majestic mountains, dazzling waterfalls, beautiful green hills and rivers in shades of green hue, and not to forget the warm hospitality of the convivial people welcoming everyone. Tourism is a huge factor in Sikkim and is taken quite seriously to give tourists reasons to come back here year after year.

A view of the town - Gangtok, Sikkim

A view of the town – Gangtok, Sikkim

There are countless reasons why you should visit this beautiful state in Northeast India. Sikkim can be visited at any time of the year, but tourists usually prefer visiting Sikkim in certain months of the year. Some people from other states of the country and around the globe come here in winter to beat the unpleasant heat of the plains and to enjoy snowfall while some prefer visiting Sikkim in spring and summer to see the nature bloom, hills come alive with pretty flora, and rivers gush with glacial melted snow. Summer in Sikkim is not at all blazing as many other parts of the country. It is quite pleasant, and the temperature in peak summer reaches only up to 280 Celsius max.

With many amazing reasons to visit Sikkim, all you have to do is pack your bags and head to Sikkim to experience an astonishing involvement. This Northeastern state truly evokes a sense of wonder for every visitor and tops the wish list of many travelers across the globe.

If you want to witness the state blooming with exotic flowers then the best time to visit Sikkim is between March and May. If you want to experience the chill of the hills in Sikkim and enjoy snowfall, the best time to visit is between October and January. This enchanted state in India is ideal for visiting at any point of the year, but during monsoon, which starts in July and ends in September, Sikkim experiences heavy rain showers with thunderstorms sometimes. However, the monsoon season makes Sikkim look more beautiful with the smell of fresh soil, a clean environment, and the greenery around it. If you do not want to be cautious while spending your holidays in Sikkim, you may avoid visiting this state in monsoon.

Rainfall in Gangtok at M G Marg Courtesy

Rainfall in Gangtok at MG Marg

Summer Season in Sikkim

The summer in Sikkim is warm and pleasant. It starts around April and lasts up to May. Sikkim is flooded with tourists at this time. The temperature at this time of the year varies from 5 degrees Celsius to 25-28 degrees Celsius. It is not always warm and hot in the summer in Sikkim. Sometimes the temperature can fall low even in summers. So it is advised to carry a pair of warm clothes too. It will not be very cold but in the morning and evening and sometimes throughout the day temperatures may dip. This is the best time to visit Sikkim for sightseeing tours as it allows you to travel without any road hindrances (such as landslides). For many who are not able to cope with cold temperatures in winters and cannot travel to high altitude areas, this season is the best for you to visit such places. You will not be able to find snow at this time of the year in Sikkim but your trip will be astonishing.

Zuluk Valley in spring-summer

Zuluk Valley in spring-summer (courtesy: Himalayadestination)

Winter Season in Sikkim

he winter in Sikkim lasts from October till March. The temperature may vary from 70 Celsius to –50 Celsius in winter in Sikkim. During winter, the North district and parts of the East and West districts of Sikkim are covered with beautiful glittering white snow. The valleys are all covered with snow as if a white blanket has been draped over them. It gets chilly in winter in Sikkim, and if you are planning to visit at this time of the year, you need to carry woolen clothes and warm shoes. You will be able to witness mystical views of beautiful mountains and its surroundings. You can also go hiking, trekking, and camping in Sikkim at this time of the year and get that adrenaline rush. Sikkim in winter is a wonderland. Imagine those beautiful picturesque postcards of winter, the white snow covered land and the snow falling from above; they all come to life in Sikkim in winter. This time of the year is also considered as one of the best times to visit Sikkim.

North Sikkim in winter

North Sikkim in winter

The summer and winter seasons in Sikkim are also called the tourist seasons by the locals as they usually prefer visiting at these times of the year considering being the best times to visit Sikkim. Sikkim celebrates many festivals in different seasons of the year. During spring, when the flowers are blooming everywhere and hills are shining with lush green grasses a ‘Flower Show Exhibition’ takes place in Sikkim. The flower exhibition show organized by the Sikkim Government takes place every year during the month of May.

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Flower Show Exhibition

Flower Show Exhibition

If you are planning to visit Sikkim in winter you may witness ‘The Red Panda Winter Carnival Festival’ that takes place during December and is hosted by the Sikkim Government. Sikkim is a beautiful state and it has been a dream destination for many since a long time; every season in Sikkim has something beautiful to offer.

Red Panda winter Carnival

Red Panda Winter Carnival

The Cherry Tea Festival is held in Temi Tea Garden, South Sikkim. It is held in November for a few days every year and provides one of the best views to attendees. The edges of the beautiful green tea garden are decked with the plantations of cherry blossom trees, and at this time of the year, they are in full bloom. The beautiful view of the garden will stun you.

Cherry Blossom Trees at Temi Tea Garden

Cherry blossom trees at Temi Tea Garden (courtesy: Drivetonortheast)

The enchanting beauty of this Northeastern Himalayan kingdom Sikkim will mesmerize you on your trip here with its lush green landscapes, pristine lakes, and super-steep valleys. Be ready to witness the beauty of the snow-clad Himalayan Mountains in this traditional yet modern part of India. In Sikkim, you can also see the charm of the third highest mountain in the world, Mt. Khangchendzonga, and its neighboring peaks. There are plenty of things to do in Sikkim for your holidays with family and friends and even for solo travelers. You should definitely plan your trip to this beautiful Himalayan kingdom and create great memories in this holiday destination to take home with you.

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