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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Have you been thinking of starting your own Travel Company but are wondering how to start a travel agency? Well there are certain things you can start with. Here are some of the steps that may help you and give you a kick start in starting your travel agency.

The first step is to ‘Prepare a plan for the travel agency’. Planning is an essential and crucial step for any huge and small projects. Plan about how you want to start your company, and think about registration, licensing process. Start targeting market, search for office location, bank loan, and learn about marketing techniques and more. The next thing to do is to ‘Brand your Travel Agency Business’. Check how to name the company, create online presence and start the process of opening Bank account for the agency. ’Start managing your funding strategy’ by managing investment plans, start advertising and checking how to invest, plan for employees and about their salaries.

Now, ‘Pick a great location and hire employees’. Location is really important so decide and choose a good location for your company and consider the level of competition in the market. Pick such a location that suits your space demands and matches your desired travel brand reputation. You would also need good software to manage your cash flow and contacts. Travel Management System helps a great deal in that.  ‘Market and start your travel agency business’. Your business needs to have a personality. It requires standing out and demands to scream security in, and commitment to your picked niche. In reality, you necessitate establishing a brand. 

You need to understand the market, update the company as demanded, create suitable itineraries and keep in contact with the customers.

If you follow through with the above points, you’re on your way to creating a successful travel agency. Just keep in mind the competition, market behavior, online presence, traveler’s needs, destination knowledge, travel software, and study legal nodes from start to end.

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