How to Plan Sikkim Tour in December

Sikkim, one of the most peaceful and safest states in India is an important hill station destination. People from all around the world flock here to have a relaxed vacation. Even the people who reside here are one of the humblest people you will ever come across. In December, Sikkim becomes the winterscape of the Himalayas. The Himalayan ranges are at its most pristine state in the month of Christmas. It can get extremely cold during this month and also there is quite a bit of snowfall. India, being a hot country, Sikkim becomes a respite as it is one of the few states in the country that actually has snowfall. Vacations are meant to detox and unwind yourself and there is no better time and place than December in Sikkim.

Weather

The weather in Sikkim in December is uaually ranging from 10 to 4 degrees Celsius. Sometimes, it can get extreme and drop down to 0 or even below that. But if you are the adventurous sort and are appropriately dressed, there is nothing that can stop you from witnessing the beautiful white landscape of Sikkim.

Road Conditions

The road conditions in the month of December depend on the amount of snowfall. However, even if the roads get blocked due to extreme snowfall, the authorities in the state are quite competent, the roads will be reopened as soon as it is possible.

Major attractions in Sikkim in December

We have prepared a list for you of the must visit places in the state son that you don’t have to spend time researching over the internet.

Pelling

Pelling is the kind of place the remains beautiful all year round so it does not matter when you go will always find Pelling attractive though in different shades. You can see the Kanchenjanga ranges in its mighty and white cover.

Nathu-La Pass

The pass is the most sought after tourist destinations. The frozen lakes, the snowy mounatains in and around the pass are simply delightful. On the way to the pass, you will find the highest altitude ATM in the world.

Gurudongmar Lake

In December, this holy lake will remain frozen with an icy layer on top. Make sure you inquire about the safety precautions of going to the place with your tour operator in advance.

Changu Lake

Changu lake is a glacial lake that will also remain frozen in the month of December. Covered in a thick layer of ice, the lake looks like a mirror reflecting paradise.

Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir

As the temple is situated at a high altitude, it might be closed off if the weather conditions are extreme. Make sure you inquire with your tour operator in advance.

Lachen and Lachung

If the climactic shift is not too extreme, the sights in Lachen and Lachung are heavenly. You can sip away the cold with hot beverages that will always be available in and around the popular attractions.

Yumthang Valley

This valley is said to have the most beautiful sunrises. The overwhelming landscapes of snow will be etched in your memory forever.

Travelling Tips

Be prepared for the cold as the weather in December can get extreme by carrying extra layers, gloves, socks, etc.

Many of the tourist attractions in Sikkim require permission. It is important to carry to copies of ID proofs and passport sized photos to get the permits made. Talk to your tour operator so that he or she can make these preparations for you in advance.

Renting boots and coats is quite cheap in Sikkim. That will help make your luggage lighter and you don’t have to carry the extra load.

Carry cash everywhere as most of the places only accept cash and ATMs are not present everywhere.

Advantages

There are a lot of events going on in the month of December in Sikkim. Winter festivals are celebrated in different parts of the town which will make you trip all the more exciting. With Christmas also just around the corner, the towns and cities will be up and about in merrymaking. The snow will be a balm for the sore eyes because let’s be honest, it is not a very common sight in India. A good jacket or coat is all you need to enjoy a cozy vacation in Sikkim.

Disadvantages

Due to extreme weather conditions, many of the places might be closed off. Also, as it is the season of revelry, Sikkim may be very crowded but if you are the sort of person who does not mind all that, it is about time to go and have an unforgettable vacation there.

There is no better time than right now to have a vacation. Sikkim awaits your presence.

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