North East is the most beautiful part of India yet not explored fully by travelers. Sikkim, also called the Valley of Flowers is a beautiful state in North Eastern India. One can find both Buddhist Monasteries as well as Hindu Shrines here representing the beautiful culture of India. It is the smallest state of India yet the most beautiful valley with a variety of plants, waterfalls, animals, and rivers. Monsoon in Sikkim makes it all the more beautiful and worth visiting. There’s a lot to explore in Sikkim, whether it be pilgrimage tourism, heritage tourism, lakes, and glaciers or adventurous activities such as trekking.
Monsoon Weather In Sikkim
Monsoon months in Sikkim are from May till September and one can see monsoon arrival in Sikkim in May. The rainy season is classified into two types in Sikkim i.e. Summer rains and Winter rains. Southern Part of Sikkim sees more of summer rains, whereas Northern part foresees winter rains during August and September. Sikkim becomes a more mesmerizing and beautiful place to visit in monsoon season. The place feels like heaven because of the scenic beauty that enhances all the more at the time of monsoons. One can spot rare species of birds at this time. Try visiting Southern Part of Sikkim at the time of winter rains and Northern part in the months of May and June because of the different time of monsoon in north Sikkim and south.
Places To Visit In Monsoon In Sikkim
Sikkim is a beautiful place to visit. The place is not yet fully explored. Here is a list of places to visit during monsoon in Sikkim 2019.
1. Khecheopalri Lake
Khecheopalri Lake is located at a distance of around 147 km from Gangtok. The lake is famous as the wish-fulfilling lake and is sacred among both Hindus and Buddhists. The lake can be visited during any month but monsoon adds to the beauty and charm of the lake. One can find greenery all around. One mysterious and amusing thing about this lake is that it is in the shape of feet. There are hills around the place also which attracts many trekkers as well.
Location: Pelling, India
Famous For: Picnics, and treks around it
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2. Rabdentse Palace Ruins
It is a beautiful historical site. One has to travel through a forest area to reach this place. And this 10 minutes trek is without any doubt the best walk as one finds self in a lush green area. The ruins look all the more beautiful at the monsoon time in Sikkim as it adds a romantic charm to the place.
Location: Geyzing, Sikkim
Famous For: Sightseeing
3. Darap Village
Explore the exotic beauty of Sikkim by visiting the Darap Village. One can have a wonderful homestay in this village. By staying in small cottages in monsoon season, one can enjoy a mesmerizing view of the valley. A traveler can experience the local culture of the place by staying in the village with the villagers. Do visit this place, and you will be totally lost in the beauty of the place surrounded by mountains in rains.
Famous For: Sightseeing
4. Enchey Monastery
Enchey Monastery, now a religious center was established in the year 1909. It is believed that the deities of this monastery fulfill all the wishes by their devotees. One of the oldest monasteries of Sikkim and placed at a very high altitude, it provides a wonderful view of the rains on the mountain making the place worth a visit. One can get the best view of the Kanchenjunga Hills from here making a person feel blessed.
Location: Gangtok, Sikkim
Famous For: Sightseeing
5. Pemayangtse Monastery
This particular monastery is famous for its artworks and its architecture. You can get a complete view of the Parekh Chu watershed which looks even more pretty in rains. There is also a collection of sculptures and precious images inside the monastery. It is a must visit place for art lovers as you can find excellent pieces of art inside it.
Famous For: Artworks collection
It is an old and historic town located in the West of Sikkim. The place is bestowed with scenic beauty and is very famous among trekkers. If you just want to enjoy the beauty of this place, then you must visit Yuksom in Sikkim during monsoon, that is, in the months of June, September and November. Visit the royal palace by the name Tashi Tenka to get a relishing view of nature. You can also visit the Norbugang Park or the Khangchendzonga National Park. Explore Yuksom and find nature at its best.
Famous For: Scenic vistas
7. Khangchendzonga National Park
This park is also known as the Kanchenjunga National Park and is recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is located in the heart of the Himalayan Range and is famous for its natural beauty. The best month to visit this park is May. The park gets heavy snowfall almost all throughout the year making it an abode of beauty. The park is open 24 hours a day and one can click beautiful pictures of self as well as the surroundings here. You would without any doubt fall in love with the flora and fauna of this place. Beautiful flowers and around more than 500 species of birds surround you there. The national park is a must visit if you are visiting Sikkim.
Famous For: Sightseeing, birdwatching
Tips For Visiting Sikkim In Monsoon Season
- Do not forget to rain-proof your entire luggage
- Carry an umbrella and a raincoat with you
- Carry your jackets and socks as the weather is cool there
- Don’t forget to carry some packaged food with you
- Carry your ID proofs and photographs with you as Sikkim requires certain permits
- If traveling by road, hire an experienced driver as the slopes are steep in hilly areas
- Carry your power banks with you to keep your phone charged as you might be stuck due to roadblocks in Sikkim
- Travel safely as there are landslides in hilly areas
- Keep yourself hydrated and avoid exposing yourself to direct winds
How To Reach Sikkim
The nearest airport from Sikkim is Bagdogra Airport at a distance of around 124 km. From there you can travel by road. There is also Gangtok Airport nearby from where you can reach Sikkim.
Sikkim Helicopter Services are also at the rescue of tourists now. It takes only 20 minutes for it to cover one round between Gangtok and Bagdogra. And it costs around INR 3500 per person.
The road is the most convenient option to reach Sikkim. There are also bus services which connect Sikkim with neighboring towns and cities. National Highway 31A connects Sikkim with neighbouring towns such as Darjeeling, Bagdogra, Kalimpong, etc. Siliguri is the main gateway to Sikkim. Private taxi is the most convenient option available.
The train network is not so properly established. New Jalpaiguri is the nearest railway station, which is around 130 km from Gangtok. And further one has to travel by road to reach Sikkim.
The North Eastern part of India is the most beautiful part of India, yet the most unexplored. The natural and scenic beauty of the place feels like heaven. Sikkim is one of the states in North East India which still remains the least explored one because of certain difficulties to reach the place. But if you love traveling to hills and getting mesmerized by the natural beauty of a place, then Sikkim should be on your travel list. The place looks more beautiful in monsoons. Monsoon in Sikkim brings out the true beauty of the place. So, now that you know more about Sikkim and North East India, plan a trip to Sikkim with TravelTriangle and enjoy the monsoon in Sikkim 2019 with your family.
Frequently Asked Questions About Sikkim
Q. Is July a good time to visit Sikkim?
A. If you want to enjoy the monsoon weather in Sikkim, then July is a good time to visit the place.
Q. Can we see snow in Sikkim in June?
A. Yes, one can see snow in Lachung and on mountains around Yumthang Valley in Sikkim in June.
Q. Why it is called Zero Point in Sikkim?
A. Yumesamdong is popularly known as the Zero Point because there is no motorable road after that and visitors are not allowed to go any further.
Q. How one can go to Nathula Pass?
A. Indian nationals with valid permit can only go to the Nathula Pass. Only limited vehicles with valid passes and approved by the Sikkim government are permitted to go to this pass.
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