Hailed as one of the world’s last utopias by legendary Buddhist guru Padmasambhava, Sikkim is arguably among the loveliest destinations in India. Bordered by China, Nepal and Bhutan, Sikkim has long been regarded as one of the last Himalayan Shangri-las. The state was an independent kingdom up until 1975, when it was taken over by India following a period of anti-royal riots and political unrest.
However, it certainly is one of the most energetic and refreshing. There’s something very soothing to the soul about the mountainous beauty and ancient Tibetan Buddhist culture in Sikkim.
Sikkim Tourism is an ever enchanting state with its elegant natural beauty. The beautiful state observes the five seasons, winter, summer, spring, autumn and monsoon respectively. Summer season prevails from April to June and provides a fine time to enjoy the blooming rhododendrons and orchids that grow in the region. Summers are the ideal time to grab the opportunity for trekking too.
In the peak summers, temperature can be soaring in the valleys. The weather fluctuates with altitude and varies from tropical in the low valley to polar-like surroundings of everlasting snow and ice in the elevated areas. Sikkim is one of those rare states in India that receive regular snowfall. Owing to intense altitude, you can find tremendous discrepancy in climate and vegetation of Sikkim Tourism.
During monsoons, the rivers and roads become impassable. Sikkim is prone to land-slides, thus it is not recommended to visit the state during the monsoons. The monsoon season persists from July to September. Though you can get rooms at cheaper rates, a trip is not suggested. Once again, by the time August ends the flowers blossom.
With the arrival of autumn, the skies get clear and offer an invitation to come to the marvelous lands of Sikkim. From the months of September to December, the weather is perfectly fine to take pleasure in Sikkim. During winters (December end till February), it is extremely cold out there, receiving perpetual snowfalls. The roads and mountains get enveloped in snow. In Toto, the best time to visit Sikkim is during the months of March to June and from September to December.
Flowering Season in Sikkim
With the arrival of spring, heralds the beautiful flowering season in Sikkim. Hills and valleys are resplendent with flowers of beautiful colors, welcoming the sunshine and spirit of the spring season. Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Orchids and other flowers decorating the state like ornaments, is one of the most mesmerizing sights one can ever see. Yumthang Valley is one of the best places to enjoy this spring bloom.
Festivals in Sikkim
By having a mixed population of Hindus and Buddhists, Sikkim Tourism boasts of several rich and colorful festivals that are celebrated with much exuberance.
Time to See Snow in Sikkim
Snowfall in Gangtok is a very rare and uncommon occurrence. However, places like Tsomgo Lake, Kupup Lake, Lachung, Lachen, Yumthang, and Zero Point etc. witness heavy snowfall during winters. Therefore, winter is the best time to go to Sikkim if someone wants to see snow. However, the cold is really harsh during winter in Sikkim.
Now imagine spending your solitude amidst a serene place that is blessed with nature’s best…the rolling green hills, cascading streams and waterfalls, flower-strewn meadows and panoramic views. Get ready to enjoy Sikkim Tourism!