The North Eastern state of India is filled with an abundance of natural beauty. Sikkim is one such scenic state of the region. Located in the foothills of the Himalayas, the beauty of Sikkim is absolutely breathtaking. Snowcapped mountains, picturesque vistas, lakes, waterfalls and colorful valleys together form the beauty that is Sikkim.
Read on to know what Sikkim has in store for you.
Summer in Sikkim lasts from March till June. Weather during this time is very pleasant and dry with nature in full bloom.
July to September is the monsoon season with July being the wettest month. North Sikkim however receives a lower amount of rainfall as compared to South Sikkim.
Winter in Sikkim lasts from November till March and the winters can be extremely cold with temperature ranging from 4 to 7 degree Celsius.
Best time to visit Sikkim
The summer months (March to June sees the most number of tourists. The weather at5 this time is perfect for travelling. The orchids, which makes Sikkim so popular are in full bloom at this time of the year and also all the treks are open as well, making it just the perfect ti8me to visit Sikkim.
You can also visit Sikkim in the winter months as well if you would like to enjoy the beauty of snow.
Go check out eSikkimTourism.in for all information about Sikkim. You can read about the destination and attractions, book tours, check monthly weather and more here. From things to do to places to visit, this site offers detailed guides on everything about Sikkim.
Things to do in Sikkim
Visit the monastaries
Sikkim has a number of monastaries that add to the charm of the place. When you visit Sikkim, a trip to this monastaries should definitely be in your itinerary.
Pemyangtse Gompa, Enchey monastery and Rumtek monastery are some of the most notable ones.
River rafting in Teesta River
Teesta River is considered as Sikkim’s lifeline and it is truly so. The River meanders all throughout the state passing by many districts and villages.
River rafting in Teesta can be extremely thrilling as the River water gushes with high speed taking your boat along its course.
If you are up for more adventure, Paragliding just might be your thing. Head to Ani Gompa or Gangtok to take a dive off a cliff and enjoy the beauty of the snowy mountains as you glide by.
Location: Gangtok, Sikkim
Best time: October – November
Trekking at Goecha La trek
Goecha Trek is one of the most visited treks in Sikkim. Located inside the Kanchenjunga National Park, this trek too is full of scenic vistas. All throughout the trek, you will get breathtaking glimpses of the South eastern face of Kanchenjunga Ranges.
Location: Tshoka, Sikkim
Best time to visit: April – June
Visit the Silk Route
Silk Route is the name of the path that leads you to the popular Nathula Pass. The entire route is very picturesque with lots of vistas of the mountains and lakes. You might also spot some wildlife on the way.
Do the Kanchenjunga base camp trek
For all the adventure seekers, this is their place to be. Kanchenjunga as we know is one of the most scenic mountain ranges in the Himalayas.
This trek gives you a chance to see the beautiful Kanchenjunga ranges from a very close perspective.
Location: Dzongri, Sikkim
Places to visit in Sikkim
Gangtok is the capital city of Sikkim and is the most visited travel destination in the state. Gangtok is home to a number of beautiful monasteries and scenic spots like the Tashi view point.
It is a hotspot for adventure seekers. Cable car rides, Yak rides, River Rafting, mountain biking or paragliding, there is no lack of adventure in Gangtok.
Best time to visit: March – June, September – mid-December
Tsomgo Lake is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Sikkim, Gangtok. It is a glacial Lake that falls en route to the Silk Route.
The Lake is more or less shaped like an egg and the water is a clear blue color. The Lake is surrounded by mountains on all side and their reflection in the clear water is a sight that you will forever cherish.
You can also t5ake rides on Yak as well if you wish.
Location: Gangtok, Sikkim
Best time to visit: All year round
Yumthang Valley is famous for its breathtaking flower meadows. Located about a hundred and twenty kilometers from Gangtok, Yumthang Valley of flowers is a must visit destination.
During the months of April and May, the Rhododendrons flowers are in full bloom and the entire valley is enveloped by them.
Location: North Sikkim District, Sikkim
Best time to visit: March to mid-June
Pelling is the second most visited town right after Gangtok. Surrounded by a thick forest cover, Pelling has variety of wildlife.
This scenic town is home to the beautiful Khangchendzonga and Changey waterfalls as well.
Best time to visit: All year round except monsoon.
Nathula Pass is a must visit destination for those who are interested in trekking. There’s a trade market near the border where the tourists can find beautiful Tibetan crafts at a very favourable pricing.
The view from the Pass is very captivating and the permit costs only 200 INR per person.
Location: Gangtok, Sikkim
Best time to visit: May to October...