Your Guide to the Best Time to Visit Sikkim

As a state that’s so close to the eastern Himalayas, Sikkim not only enjoys a pleasantly cool climate but also experiences extreme cold, snowfall, and rainfall. This means, not all months are suitable to enjoy crystal-clear views of the Himalayas, especially Mt. Khangchendzonga, go on treks in its national parks, go up to the high-altitude lakes and passes, or go on bike rides.  

Read on to know the best months to travel, sightsee, and enjoy different outdoor activities.

Best Time to Visit Sikkim

Mid-March-May: Perhaps the best months to travel to Sikkim. Straight out of the winter months, the days are pleasantly warm, the skies are clear, and the whole of nature is hunky dory. The roads are open to travel to higher altitudes after the snow has melted, and you can travel to any part of the state, especially North Sikkim. Trekking trails are also open and the Goecha La trek is perfect at this time.  

June-September: The worst months to travel to Sikkim as it’s the monsoon season. Multiple landslides cause long jams on the highway connecting the airport to Sikkim, causing delays of upto 8 hours. Thunderstorms are common at this time, and there’s very less scope for travelling anywhere outdoors. However, it doesn’t rain continuously, and whenever there are bouts of sunshine, you can enjoy the outdoors; not great for sightseeing though. Workation is best during these months.

October-November: Fresh out of the monsoons, the landscape takes a visible turn during these 2 months. Verdant hills, blue skies, crisp air, and specks of wildflowers start off October. By mid-October, leaves have turned orange and brown, and you can witness the slow transition into colder weather. This is again a good time to enjoy the outdoors with treks, bike rides, cycling, paragliding, helicopter rides, and more.

December-February: The coldest months of the year. If you love winters, then this is the time to come and enjoy the cold in your warm woollies. Barbeques, bonfires, and festivals make up winters here. Let’s not forget the snow. This is a great snowfall destination and North Sikkim is utterly beautiful at this time.

Additional read: Paradise found: The best time to visit Sikkim

Glass skywalk, Pelling, West Sikkim
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Why travel agents in Sikkim are your dream holiday makers

Many of us think twice before coming to Sikkim. Here’s why: For a reliable flight, you have to get down at Bagdogra airport in West Bengal before commencing on a 4-hour drive up the hills to Sikkim’s capital, Gangtok. MG Marg is the only happening part of Gangtok where there’s food, shopping, and live music, but if you’ve chosen accommodation for its looks and not location, you could be taking expensive cab rides to MG Marg often. There are also many high-altitude places in Sikkim that need permits. And can you rely on your driver to take you to all the places and not cut corners?

Here’s where the services of a travel company/agent come in. They make sure your trip goes flawless from the moment you step out of the airport to checking in comfortably at a hotel, arranging for permits for sightseeing tours, and making sure your driver arrives on time every morning.

But are all travel agents the same and just as helpful? Unfortunately, not. Then again, it’s all based on your requirements. If you’re looking at a budgeted tour, there are many operators that will hand over to you the standard itinerary and have you share cab and room space throughout the tour. But if you’re looking for comfort, you will have to do a bit of internet research and read reviews before deciding on a trustworthy tour operator.

Good travel agents in Sikkim will choose the best location for your accommodation that also has good services, make sure your rooms are ready before your arrival at the hotel/homestay, choose a comfortable cab with a reliable driver, get all your permits ready, and stay connected with you throughout your trip to handle additional requests.

Tip: Choose a travel company that is actually based in Gangtok, Sikkim. Travel agents in other states only pass on the enquiry to someone locally, so there might be some disappointments in terms of services and changes.

5 Good Reasons to Book a Sikkim Tour Package

Sikkim is a state that holds a special fascination for travellers—maybe because it was once a separate kingdom that was governed by a monarchy, or that it shares a border with China, or is praised by visitors for its cleanliness and unparalleled beauty.

Whatever the reasons, Sikkim makes an unforgettable impression on anyone visiting this northeastern state of India that is fringed by the eastern Himalayas.

WHY YOU SHOULD BOOK A SIKKIM TOUR PACKAGE

(1) Pristine Nature

As a Himalayan state, the topography is made up of high mountain passes, verdant hills, valleys, gorges, forests, streams, hot springs, and waterfalls. The Himalayas can be seen in all their glory, and you get the best views of Mt. Khangchendzonga, the 3rd highest peak in the world from here.   

Sikkim’s National Parks allow you to closely observe the region’s native plants, birds, insects, and wildlife through its trekking trails and nature walks. Forest bathing, forest foraging, and hiking are all part of the local experience and help you relax, heal, and rejuvenate. It also snows in the winter months, making it one of the few snowfall destinations in India.

(2) Different Seasons

Sikkim experiences all the seasons, although it rains on and off throughout the year. Spring and summer see beautiful wildflowers painting the valleys. Monsoons are from June-Mid-September and are ideal for birdwatching. Autumn runs from September end to the beginning of November. The landscape blushes in autumnal hues of oranges, yellows, and reds. Winters are chilly but it’s a chance to enjoy snowfall.

(3) Culture and People

Sikkim’s 3 main tribes, the Bhutias, Nepalis, and Lepchas, offer different cultural experiences in terms of customs, food, crafts, and beliefs. Village tours, homestays, and festivals are great options to experience different cultures in close range. The locals are very hospitable and you wouldn’t have trouble getting around.

(4) Adventure Activities

There’s no dearth of outdoor activities in Sikkim. Whether on the ground or air, you can enjoy the beauty of the state. Popular activities include biking, mountain biking, trekking, paragliding, zip lining, helicopter rides, and rafting.

(5) Spiritual Wellness and Healing

The prevalence of Buddhism is evident in the scores of monasteries all over the state. The monasteries are free to enter and the residing monks are more than happy to give you a tour explaining the significance of symbols, relics, etc.

Sikkim’s hot springs are known for their healing properties and you’ll find many locals thronging these springs to take a healing dip throughout the year. The hot springs are known to heal skin diseases, arthritis, etc.

BEST TIME TO VISIT SIKKIM

The best time to visit Sikkim is the summer months from March-May, and from October-February. The beginning of the year is good for sightseeing and treks and the winter months for witnessing snowfall.

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NATIONAL PARKS IN SIKKIM

Snow leopard at Khanchandzondga National Park

Sikkim’s rich forests, glistening lakes, vast valleys, mystic meadows, and hot springs create the perfect biosphere for a diverse range of plants and animals. Vast pockets of Sikkim are protected areas that preserve and conserve medicinal plants, avifauna, and rare and endangered animal species such as the snow leopard, red panda, Himalayan Marmot, Asian Black Bear, Tibetan wolf, and the Himalayan jungle cat. 

The best way to explore the flora and fauna of Sikkim is by visiting its national park and wildlife sanctuaries. Sikkim’s only national park Khangchendzonga National Park and 8 other sanctuaries see hundreds of visitors every year and some are highly popular among hikers and trekkers.

Here’s a glance at Sikkim’s wildlife sanctuaries and national park. 

KHANGCHENDZONGA NATIONAL PARK (North Sikkim)

Khangchendzonga National Park of Sikkim is a UNESCO world heritage site. It is known to preserve hundreds of animal and plant species. Along with protecting animals from poaching and vegetation from deforestation, the National Park fosters a diverse range of avifauna. In 2016, it became the world’s first “Mixed Heritage” site. 

Traversing through a national park can be tricky. National parks border the fine line between the human world and forest life, which makes exploring them extremely exciting. However, keeping up with the constant pressure to do something new claws at you when you are disoriented. So here is a list of a few things you can do at Khangchendzonga National Parks in Sikkim that will keep you entertained throughout the trip. Read more…

Amazing tourist places in Northeast India

The 8 states of Northeast India namely Sikkim, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Nagaland, Mizoram, Meghalaya, and Tripura are blessed with natural wonders, mountains, rich culture, traditions, wildlife and more. There are numerous tourist places in Northeast India that attract travelers from all around the world.

 Tripura has a rich history and culture and many popular places to visit. One such place is Ujjayanta Palace. This beautiful white palace situated in the city of Agartala reminds us of the age of the Tripura maharajas. This palace is a perfect classic example with elegant floors, curved ceilings, and huge doors and a must visit place in Tripura.  Similarly, Neermahal Palace made of marbles and exquisite stone balconies, bridges and pavilions is another tourist place to visit in Tripura. Another tourist place in Tripura is the Jagannath Temple. It is not only a tourist place but a pilgrim as well and the best time to visit is between Oct-May.

A famous place to visit in Assam is Kaziranga National Park – UNESCO World Heritage Site situated in the centre of Assam. It is home to the two-third world’s population of one-horned rhinoceros and offers elephant and jeep safari experiences to visitors. If you ever visit Sikkim, Tsomgo Lake is a place you cannot miss visiting. This ethereal beauty at an elevation of 12,400ft gives any tourist the most peaceful and surreal experience in Sikkim. Another place to visit in Northeast India is the Tawang Monastery located in the mountains of Arunachal Pradesh. It is also believed to be the largest in India and the second largest in the world. Umiam Lake is another lake in Northeast India located in Meghalaya that offers mesmerizing views of nature and the visitors can also go for boating. Umiam Lake is one of the most popular destinations in Shillong and also in India.

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10 places you absolutely must visit in Sikkim

When you are planning to visit Sikkim there are so many places to chose from! Some of the 10 best places to visit in Sikkim are the famous Changu Lake, Pelling, Namchi, Ravangla, Temi Tea Garden, Yuksom, Dentam, Sombaria, Lachen and Lachung.

Changu Lake is one place in Sikkim that will always show up on Google images whenever you search for places to visit in Sikkim. If you visit Changu Lake in winter, you will witness a thick layer of snow covering the landscape and a frozen lake. During other seasons, the lake is not frozen but the views are still mesmerizing. However if you want to catch an excellent view of Mt. Khangchendzonga then Pelling is the place you must visit in Sikkim.  Pelling is home to India’s first glass Skywalk and is 200ft long and 55ft tall. Namchi is another great place to visit in Sikkim with many places of attractions in Namchi the tourism has drastically increased in this part of the state.  Some of the places to visit in Namchi are Chardham, Samdruptse, Namchi ropeway, Shirdi Baba Mandir etc. Not very far from Namchi is Ravangla in South Sikkim. Buddha Park is the famous place you can visit in Ravangla and also see the view of Mt Khangchendzonga from Ravangla. Temi Tea garden is located in South Sikkim and it is a stunning area to drive through. You can also pluck tea leaves, visit tea factory and taste the tea. If you love trekking then Yuksom is a place you must visit. It is also the oldest village in Sikkim and base camp for Khangchendzonga trek or the Dzongri Goechela trek.

Some of other places to visit in Sikkim are Dentam, Sombaria, Lachen and Lachung. Whether you come to Sikkim for peaceful holidays or for adventures these are the places you cannot avoid visiting.

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Best time to visit Sikkim

Sikkim is a state in northeast India with a very strategic location bordering Tibet, Bhutan, Nepal and West Bengal. Today Sikkim has become a popular tourist destination. It is also the first organic state of India and has strong commitment to protect ecology. The uses of plastics in Sikkim are totally banned and smoking in public areas is strictly prohibited.   

You can visit Sikkim any time of the year and the state will always have something to offer. The summer in Sikkim ranges from April-June and the temperature normally vary from 100 C–280 C. Summer is the best time to visit Sikkim if you want to see beautiful orchids, rhododendrons in full bloom and if you are seeking for some adventures. During summer there is no snowfall in Sikkim and if cannot cope with extremely cold weather, summer is the best time to visit Sikkim for you. The winter starts from October and lasts up to March. The temperature in winter in Sikkim vary from  -10 C- 70 C. Winter is the best time to visit Sikkim if you want to enjoy some snowfall and feel the chills of the hills. Snowfall does not occur in all the places of Sikkim but in the north, parts of East and West. Even if you are visiting Sikkim in summer do not forget to carry a pair of warm clothes. Sometimes it may get chilly even in the summers. The monsoon starts in July and ends around August to the start of September and the temperature ranges from 40 C to 150 C. Some people do visit Sikkim during monsoon but if you don’t like getting wet or want to avoid any unpredictable weather it is advised not to visit Sikkim in monsoon. The best time to visit Sikkim is subject to change with respect to the nature of traveler that you are.

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A Good List of Things to do in Gangtok

Gangtok in Sikkim offers visitors a variety of new experiences; it is one of the cleanest towns in India. Before visiting Gangtok, you must know about the different things to do in Gangtok. Here are some of the amazing things you may consider doing next time you visit Gangtok.

MG Marg is the most prominent place in Gangtok situated in the heart of the town. You can go for shopping at M G Marg in Gangtok. Also, Gangtok is surrounded with beautiful locations and is best for sightseeing. Do not also forget to try food at famous restaurants and cafes. Cable car ride at Deorali is also an interesting thing to do in Gangtok. If you are an adventure freak, you must know that there are different types of adventure activities you can try in Gangtok like paragliding, cycling, trekking, hiking etc. You can also add visit to monasteries as one of the things to do in Gangtok. During winter, a week long winter carnival is held at M G Marg. Witnessing this festival is also one of the things to do in Gangtok. You can also go for picnics. There are several different gardens and parks in Gangtok that could be the ideal picnic spot for you. Being in Gangtok you can get lucky to witness all the beautiful places through a joyful helicopter ride. If you want you may add helicopter ride as one of the things to do in Gangtok.

One of the important things to do when visiting a hill station like Gangtok is view the sunrise and sunset from several viewpoints like Tashi view point. Apart from M G Marg you can shop at the local market of Gangtok – Lal Bazar. In the heart of Gangtok there is a flower exhibition center where a variety of orchids and many other different varieties of flowers are grown and exhibited throughout the year. You may also visit this flower exhibition center. There are several monasteries to visit in Gangtok and near Do Drul Chorten Monastery is the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology Museum that showcases different manuscripts, thankas, and traditional arts and crafts of Buddhism. And if you want to learn and live the life of a typical Sikkimese in Gangtok, you can stay a night or two at any local hometays. The list of things to do in Gangtok never ends.

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Travel agents in Sikkim who help you go nomad!

Sikkim is the least populated state in India, a plethora of stunning sights with picturesque views, scenic beauty, pleasant weather, and other charms. And if you are deciding to quench your thirst of traveling to one of the best tourist destinations in the country, do not have to worry about your journey at all. There are many travel agents in Sikkim who will guide you, take care of you, and make sure that your trip turns out to be the best.

The travel agents in Sikkim will take care of your transportation, food, and lodging. They offer advice on trip itineraries and make travel arrangements for the clients.  You can make a list of things you want to do in Sikkim, places you want to travel to, and talk to your agent about them. They will look at them and plan your trip accordingly. Travel agents sometimes provide guides on demand to ensure a more immersive tour for the travelers.

There are some seasons of the year in Sikkim when the state is flooded by travelers, and these seasons are locally called as tourist seasons. While traveling in the peak season it is recommended to register with any of the genuine travel agents in Sikkim so that you may not face problems with transportation, planning trips, and booking hotels. If you do not wish to be associated with any agents with regards to buying tour packages, they you can approach them for pick and drop or any kind of transportation or lodging matters.

It does not matter if you are traveling to Sikkim for a laid back break, seeking for an adventurous journey or taking in the extravaganza of nature’s beauty, this state will not disappoint you. Thanks to travel agents for playing their parts in making holidays easy and memorable for travelers. So aren’t you excited for spending your holidays in Sikkim? You can check for the best holiday packages in your budget with your duration of stay. If you see that the already made packages are not for you, you may talk to travel agents and they will customize packages for you. TourGenie is a trusted Sikkim-based travel company that provides different kinds of tours within the Northeast region as well as Bhutan and Nepal. They offer the best customized packages that promise comfort and safety. Going by the positive reviews, we suggest you give them a try.

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