The gem of the North East India, Sikkim is among the most popular holiday destinations in India. Nestled in the lap of the Himalayas, the fascinating state enjoys salubrious weather all through the year. Generally the best time to visit Sikkim falls in between months of March to June and from October to December. Summers are truly blissful as the temperatures are on the lower range, a pleasant escape from the heat and hustle-bustle of the plains and towns. Monsoon is a sheer thrill of nature and generally avoided. Come winter and snow blankets the town and the mountains. To make plans for holiday in Sikkim peruse the details of the weather in Sikkim.
Summer: April to June
The most beautiful season to plan a trip to North East India and especially Sikkim is summer. Temperatures lies between 5-25° C The fogs are long gone as are the bone-chilling winds and now the sun shines upon the land blessing with a spring in the step. Nathu La, the Tsogmo Lake and the locale sin the higher mountains become accessible for visitors.
With summer comes the season of blooming flowers. Of special delight is the Yumthang Valley of Flowers. As the name suggest the entire valley is carpeted with myriad of flowers such as poppies, irises, primulas and mostly rhododendrons in equally diverse shades. A trek through the Singba Rhododendron Sanctuary is perfect to bask in the bliss of summer. Other treks in Sikkim are also thrilling as one explore the beautiful Himalayan kingdom. The trails open up to truly breathtaking mountain scenery also making is possible to enjoy camping under the open skies in the company of million stars.
The moderate temperatures result in flowing rivers that offers the ideal opportunity to go river rafting. The Teesta River offer the great opportunity to try out white water rafting navigating rapids that range from classification level 2 to 4. In addition of adventure, pilgrimage is also appealing. There are two hundred Buddhist monasteries, of which a visit to the Rumtek and Pemayangtse monasteries is to be definitely included in a trip to Sikkim.
Monsoon: July to September
Rain clouds, mist and soothing showers arrive to Sikkim By July, enhancing its beauty beyond words, monsoon is a good time to visit only if you do not mind getting wet. Temi estate with its lush tea gardens and Kanchenjunga Mountain in the backdrop is beauty to enjoy the season. The Pang Lhabsol festival held around August or September has colorful celebrations with dances performed wearing colorful masks and costumes. To attend the fiesta, head to the Pemayangtse monastery.
Winter: October to March
Winter brings heavy snow to Sikkim along with many exciting festivals and treks. The Dzongri – Goecha La route, the 90 km ‘trek to Kanchenjunga’ is best attempted in October as the beauty of the North East Himalayas offers the thrill.
Besides Hindu Festival, Diwali, there is Kagyed and Namsoong celebrations. Adventure lovers are simple blown away with the sheer beauty and thrill. In February, Sikkim looks out of the world. Snow laden slopes