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Sikkim in December is undoubtedly the best choice!

By Lubna H - May 12, 2020
Mountain view in Sikkim

Lying amidst some exquisite landscapes bordering Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet, Sikkim is a distinctive beauty yet to be discovered by many travellers. Escape into a neverland of unending waterfalls, monasteries and quaint villages with backdrops of mighty snow-capped peaks and icy winds in December. Named by its original inhabitants as “Nye-mae-el” this is truly a “Paradise” in itself. Winters in Sikkim in December are ice cold, but it’s worth a visit for its frozen lakes, snowy mountains and guilt-free indulgence in nature. Read further to learn more about the best places to visit in Sikkim in December.

Winter Weather in Sikkim in December

Sikkim in December makes it the perfect time of the year to visit if you want to ditch that traditional traveller. The temperatures vary from 10 degree Celsius to 0 degrees but most of the best places to visit are still accessible. You are definitely in for a lot of snow, enough to fulfil your life long wish of building a snowman and snow angels 😛

Also read: Sikkim in June

Must-visit places in Sikkim in December

Yumthang Valley

Fondly called the “Valley of Flowers”, Yumthang is located in Lachung in North Sikkim. Don’t be surprised if you don’t find snow here, a little higher up is Zero Point covered with Virgin snow in December. A visit to the Yume Samdong Hot Spring is a perfect addition to bring balance to your experience with hot and cold.

Zero Point, Sikkim
Zero Point, Image Courtesy: Google Images
Altitude: 8,800 ft above sea level
Temperatures: -6 to 13 degree Celsius 
Tip: Zero Point is known to have low oxygen and temperature levels, wear/carry warm clothing.

Tsomgo Lake

Ever wanted to walk on a frozen lake? Make your dream come true at Tsomgo Lake for a thrilling experience. Its water is pristine and see-through making it all the more beautiful. Pro tip: Be very gentle and careful while you walk, the layer of ice is very thin. 

Tsomgo Lake, Sikkim
Image Courtesy: Unsplash
Altitude: 12,310 ft above sea level

Also Read: Gurudongmar Lake

Ravangla

Ravangla is one of the famous addition and a place to add to your trip to Sikkim. Find your inner peace at the Ralong and Ravangla Monastery while Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary gives you the Ice Age feel.

Buddha Park of Ravangla
Buddha Park of Ravangla, Image Courtesy: Unsplash
Altitude: 7000 ft above sea level

Rinchenpong

Located in Kaluk, a captivating Himalayan hamlet, Rinchenpong is home to one of the most beautiful views of Mount Kanchenjunga. The views are sure to leave you spellbound and give an ethereal feel of wonder.

Beautiful Land of Sikkim
Mt Kanchenjunga South Peak, Image Courtesy: Unsplash
Altitude: 5576  ft above sea level

Tips to keep in mind when travelling to Sikkim in December

  • Warm woollens are a must as temperatures can drop drown to zero depending on the place of stay and visit.
  • Beware of your permits and plan ahead of time if visiting places like Nathula Pass, Tsomgo Lake etc because of its close proximity to borders.
  • Don’t miss the Mangan Music Festival held every year between 12th to 14th December to experience a true mix of culture and art.
Sikkim in December
Image Courtesy: Wikipedia

Also read: Best Places to Visit in North Sikkim

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