Sikkim is a beautiful state in the north-eastern part of Sikkim. It is one destination that looks beautiful throughout the year, however, when the temperature drops, it starts looking like a white heaven. Sikkim is also known as a winter wonderland and is there in the bucket list of all travelers. The snow-covered white landscapes make this place captivating, and the ideal one to take pictures. It is a place which you will thoroughly enjoy with your loved ones. The natural beauty of Sikkim is unmatchable, starting from the high mountain peaks to the gorgeous lakes, you will love every bit of your trip to Sikkim. The local culture of skiing is something you must have never experienced before and will leave you awestruck. Sikkim is also the base camp for a lot of treks and hence on the bucket list of those who are adventure freaks. In this article, we are listing down some of the most amazing destinations of Sikkim that you must cover in your Sikkim Tour Packages in December.
List Of Best Places to Visit in Sikkim in December
3 Days in Gangtok – The beautiful capital of Sikkim
When in Sikkim, start your trip from Gangtok, which is the capital of the state. It is not directly connected through the air route, but you have to take a short drive to the city from the nearest airport. It is known for its authentic and rich culture and breathtaking views. The beauty of Gangtok makes it a perfect destination to kick-start your trip.
Rumtek Monastery: A big chunk of people follow Buddhism in Sikkim and hence, you will find a lot of monasteries everywhere. Rumtek is one of the important monasteries from a spiritual point of view, and a must-visit to experience the vibrant architecture and culture.
Nathula Pass Border: Nathula Pass is known for the Indo-China Border experience and of course, the beautiful snow-covered landscapes. This is a visual retreat where you can enjoy the views with a warm cup of tea or coffee. Nathula Pass is usually open in December; however, you must check the weather conditions before you visit the place. You need an entire day to explore the past.
Tsomgo Lake: Tsomgo is another example of breathtaking natural beauty. In December, the lake is usually frozen, and that thick layer of ice on the lake makes it even more captivating. You will love experiencing this wonder of nature and you can also enjoy a fun yak ride by the side of the lake.
Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir: The temple is a popular shrine, dedicated to a soldier. It has its own historical significance and interesting story. You must pay a visit here, get to know the history, and pay your respects.
A Day for Gangtok City tour: Gangtok City is a beautiful place in itself with a lot of tourist attractions, including monasteries, waterfalls, and whatnot. You must dedicate a day to the city tour of Gangtok and cover destinations like Ganesh Tok, Banjhakri Falls, and the popular Enchey Monastery. You can also shop for some interesting gifts and souvenirs for your loved ones from the local markets and do not miss trying the local cuisine of Gangtok from the restaurants, you are going to thoroughly enjoy the food.
2 Days in Lachung – Amid the beautiful snow-covered peaks
Lachung is well connected with Gangtok by road. You can take a day to drive to Lachung. The drive is a little long but full of experiences. You are going to enjoy every bit of this drive, with the beautiful views on the way. You get to witness the mesmerizing Himalayan landscapes on the way to the Lachung and you enjoy every bit of this experience. It takes almost a day to drive to Lachung, and another day to explore the place, so plan your itinerary accordingly.
Yumthang Valley: Yumthang Valley is also known as the Valley of Flowers. It looks magical throughout the year. If you are visiting the valley in December, you will most probably find it covered with Snow, making it even more beautiful. There are several hot springs in the valley, where you can take a dip and enjoy. Yumthang is a must-visit place when in Sikkim.
Zero Point: Zero point is another beautiful point that you must cover if you are visiting Lachung, however, it depends on the weather, as sometimes it is closed due to bad weather conditions. The point has a blue sky all over and endless snow, which makes the entire landscape, just so surreal. It is the last civilian point on the Indo-China border.
Lachen – The Charming Winter Destination
Lachen is another beautiful destination at a higher altitude and it takes an entire day to reach here by road. The views on the way are extremely beautiful and you cannot praise enough the natural beauty of Lachen.
Gurundongmar Lake: Gurundongmar is one of the highest lakes in the world. The altitude is so high, and hence the place is freezing, so you must be prepared for it. The lake is usually snow-covered during December which makes it even more beautiful. You get to see the Himalayan peaks, or mountains covered with snow, all around you, making your experience even more magical.
Chopta Valley: The valley is a beautiful but hidden gem in this region. It is not a commercial tourist place and hence the beauty of the valley is untouched. Those who love to spend some peaceful time amid nature, far from the hustle of the city, must visit Chopta Valley. It is an amazing spot for nature lovers and those who love capturing nature with their cameras.
A Day in Pelling: The Taste of Western Sikkim
The long and beautiful drive to Pelling is an experience of a lifetime for everyone, it is definitely on the top of the list for every traveler. You get to witness the Kanchenjunga range on your way and this view is breathtaking. You pass through the dense forests and see mountains all around you. The weather is pleasing and you are going to remember this drive all your life. The destination also is as good as the journey where you see some magnificent monasteries and beautiful lakes.
Pemayangtse Monastery: Pemayangtse is one of the oldest and most beautiful monasteries of Sikkim. One cannot get enough of the site of beautiful architecture that the monastery offers. It is also a very significant place of worship for those who follow Buddhism. The monastery is also surrounded by mountains and you see a breathtaking view of Kanchenjunga from here, which are going to love.
Khecheopalri Lake: Khecheopalri Lake has its spiritual importance as a lot of people visit here from all around the world just to make wishes and it is said that the wishes made here also get fulfilled. Hence, the lake is popularly known as the Wishing Lake. You get to see beautiful flags of prayers all around the lake, making it so surreal to experience. The ambiance of this place is magical and a must-visit if you are in Sikkim.
A Day in Ravangla – Explore the nature
While the entire Sikkim is full of natural beauty, with mountains, rivers, lakes, and forests around you, Ravangla is specifically known for the raw experience that it provides to travelers. It is an isolated town and a hidden gem of Sikkim where you can witness the untouched beauty of nature. It takes a day to drive to Ravangla and then you should rest a little once you reach so that your body is recharged to explore the town the next day. Mostly, sightseeing is the only activity that Ravangla offers you, however, the views are so surreal, that it is all worth it.
Ravangla Sightseeing: Ravangla is surrounded by beautiful peaks and all covered with snow, making them look even more beautiful. You see a mesmerizing view every time you look around, when in Ravangla. However, if you wish to cover some important spots, you should start with visiting Buddha Park, the ambiance of this park is so soothing, that you would love to spend the entire day here. After the park, you should pay a visit to the Ralang Monastery which holds spiritual significance. You get to learn more about the local culture here and also the spiritual side of Sikkim. When in Ravangla, you must explore the town like a local, try the local cuisine, maybe learn a few words of the local language, and enjoy every bit of your visit to this beautiful town. This is the right place for those who are looking for a soothing vacation away from the hustle of the city.
The above itinerary covers all possible places that you should cover in your trip to Sikkim. Sikkim is one of the most beautiful places on earth, and you should plan a trip to Sikkim at least once in a lifetime. The best part is, that the weather in Sikkim is so pleasant that you can plan a trip all through the year, just except the rainy season. What are you waiting for, book your Sikkim Tour now.