22 Best Places to Visit in Sikkim in December-2020

Best places to visit in Sikkim in December are Tsomgo Lake, Yumthang Valley, Gurudongmar Lake and many more. You can book our 6 Days Taste of the Hills Tour to experience some of them. you are a winter enthusiast who likes to explore places in pleasant temperatures, here are some amazing places to visit in Sikkim in December we are going to tell you about so that you know how to spend your holidays right. Lachung's attractions are also feast to the eyes and wont disappoint anyone who goes there for a scenic sightseeing.   

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One of the most popular tourist destinations in northeast India, Sikkim enjoys an unrivalled fame for its quaint hill stations, Himalayan Mountains, Tibetan culture, and wonderful delicacies. Sikkim is, indeed, a box of surprises, waiting for you to open it.

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Though every season of the year is a great time to visit Sikkim, the month of December brings along a different kind of appeal to the region with happy vibes to make your holiday experience worth remembering forever.  You can stay in the lush resorts in Gangtok to double the enjoyment your trip.

The green meadows and valleys put on glistening white snow and the gorgeous Himalayas become all the more gorgeous with virgin snow covering them from head to toe. Though the climate during December may feel more than just cold, the experience you are going to have will just pay off.


Below are the best places to visit in Sikkim in December:

01

Tsomgo Lake

Tsomgo Lake

Sitting at an elevation of over 12,300 feet, Tsomgo Lake is a glacial lake in Sikkim. Since the lake is located at a short distance of 40 km from the state capital, Gangtok, you must include this natural marvel in your itinerary to Sikkim. An absolute visual delight for spectators, Tsomgo Lake is one of the best places to visit in Sikkim in December. Stay in the most prestigious resorts in Sikkim and witness their hospitality and culture.  

The lake, also popular as Changu Lake, remains frozen during the winter season due to extremely cold climate in the region and is an ideal place to visit here if you are visiting Sikkim in winter months. Owing to the great scenery the azure lake creates with snow-covered mountains in the backdrop, the lake finds its name among the most scenic high altitude lakes in the country.

Location: 40 km from Gangtok on the way to Nathu La Pass

Timing: Open 24 hours

Entry Fee: Entry is free


From gushing waterfalls to sprawling forests, from solitary monasteries to austere mountains, Gangtok offers a range of awe-inspiring things to do for visitors
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Yumthang Valley

Yumthang Valley

If you are on a search for the most picturesque sites in the state of Sikkim, Yumthang Valley is probably the best recommendation for you. The valley, also known as “Valley of Flowers,” boasts an average elevation of 11,700 feet, offering views of snowy Himalayan peaks.  

While the green valley carpeted with wonderful flowers exhibits a vibrant foliage during the spring and summer seasons, white sheets of snow cover the entire region during the winter season, rendering the already beautiful landscapes surreal. There is also a hot spring available in the valley to ease your body of the extreme cold you will get to experience here during peak winter months.

Location: 140 km from Gangtok, North Sikkim

Timing: 8 AM to 5 PM

Entry Fee: Entry is free

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Gurudongmar Lake

Gurudongmar Lake

This breathtakingly beautiful lake sitting at an elevation of 17,200 feet above the sea level is one of the best places to visit in Sikkim in December. Gurudongmar Lake located in North Sikkim is one of the highest lakes in the world. Encircled by snow-laden mountains, the blue waters of the lake make it a sight to behold and capture in your camera. 

The lake was named in the honour of Guru Padmasambhava and is now believed to be sacred by the locals. There is also a small temple dedicated to the guru located on the site. It is believed that a part of the lake never freezes even during extremely cold days. Indo-Tibetan border lies pretty close from the lake.

Location: 175 km from Gangtok, Sikkim

Timing: Sunrise to Sunset

Entry Fee: Entry is free

You can also check out our guide on the best places to visit in North East India on your trip. 
05

Zuluk

Zuluk

Zuluk is a small hamlet claiming an elevation of approximately 10,000 feet, famed for its various offerings to the tourists visiting East Sikkim. Located close to Indo-Tibetan border, Zuluk is a great choice if you wish to spend a day or two in a soothing embrace of Himalayan Mountains. 

Falling on the Silk Route, the village once served as a base camp for travellers travelling to Tibet for trade. Though you need a special permit to visit this area, the experience of breathing in the fresh aura of this place will give you lifelong memories. Some of the major places you can visit around Zuluk are Thambi View Point, Lungthung, and Tukla.

Location: 90 km from Gangtok, East Sikkim
06

Teesta River

Teesta River

A river originating from Tso Lhamo Lake in the Himalayas, Teesta River flows across the states of Sikkim and West Bengal before it enters Bangladesh. The experience of river rafting on the volatile waters of the river makes for a treat for any thrill seekers visiting the state in the search of offbeat fun. 

The lush green forests and small villages that border both sides of the river make the river appear even more appealing. Besides, you can also enjoy the fun of camping on the banks of Teesta River that will take you a hundred steps closer to pristine nature that thrives in the region.

Location: Flows through Sikkim and West Bengal
07

Kaluk

Kaluk

Located ideally in the foothills of Himalayas, this pretty village named Kaluk is a place you should definitely visit to make your winter holidays in Sikkim special. Though the village is located at an elevation of barely 5,600 feet, you can enjoy a magnificent view of the world’s third highest peak, Kanchenjunga from Kaluk. 

Away from the chaos of urban life and blaring cacophony, this tranquil ecotourism destination is a perfect place for rejuvenation in the lap of nature. If you are in Kaluk in the month of December, you can enjoy activities like nature photography, bird watching, and trekking. For a stay experience in this village, you can either book yourself a hotel or find a homestay which can be found here at reasonable rates. 

Location: Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary, 115 m from Gangtok
08

Dzongri Trek

Dzongri Trek

An experience worth remembering, Dzongri Trek is one of the most sought-after adventure activities among the daredevils visiting the state of Sikkim in the month of December. Taking you through a wide variety of Himalayan forests thriving with trees of rhododendron, pine, oak, chestnut, and maple among many others, Dzongri Trek is an experience that delivers you the best of nature and adventure. 

Commencing from Yuksom located at a height of 17,800 meters, the trail takes you to Dzongri View Point located at an elevation of 4,030 meters. You can enjoy the panoramic views of mighty Himalayan mountain peaks, namely Kanchenjunga, Rathong, and Kabru from here. The duration of this moderate level trek is 7 days.

Location: Yuksom Village to Dzongri View Point
09

Mangan Music Festival

Mangan Music Festival
Exhibiting a perfect amalgamation of culture and art, Mangan Music Festival is the biggest music festival in Sikkim. Being a part of this festival is a great means to learn about the local tradition and culture of Sikkim along with enjoying great performances by the local and guest artists. Besides musical performances, dance performances, handicraft exhibition, and food court are three more reasons to be present during the event.

If you visit the state during the month of December, you must definitely attend this three-day grand music festival as it is held every year from 12th to 14th December. Mangan, located at a short distance of 52 km from the capital city Gangtok, due to this festival is among the best places to visit in Sikkim in December.
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Rumtek Monastery

Rumtek Monastery

Known for its brilliant architecture, this beautiful Buddhist Monastery is one of the best places to visit in Sikkim in December. The monastery complex features a three-storeyed building where some rare relics and Buddhist religious artwork are on display. 

Rumtek Monastery is perched atop a hill opposite to the state capital, Gangtok which makes it an important tourist spot. The site features vantage points from where some mesmerizing views of the beautiful town can be enjoyed. Apart from being a major religious place in the region, Rumtek Monastery is also a great place worth visiting by photographers.

Location: Rumtek Dharma Chakra Centre, 23 km from Gangtok

Timing: 6 AM to 6 PM

Entry Fee: INR 10 per person
11

Yume Samdong Hot Spring

Yume Samdong Hot Spring

One of the must-have experiences, while you are in Yumthang Valley, is taking a dip into the hot water spring named Yume Samdong that will help you relax your muscles and soothe your soul. The hot water spring lies in Yume Samdong at a distance of approximately 24 km from Yumthang Valley and is close to Indo-China border.

 If you are visiting the site in December, you can expect a lot of snow as far as your eyes can see as it boasts an elevation of 15,200 km. Though the climate here may get extremely harsh during the peak winter months, the warmth of the sulphur hot springs coupled with scenic vistas of the whitewashed Yumthang and Yume Samdong you will get to witness here is worth the pain.

Location: Yume Samdong, Near Yumthang Valley

Timing: 7 AM to 6 PM

Entry Fee: Entry is free
12

Darap Village

Darap Village

Your trip to Sikkim in December is incomplete if you do not explore and spend some time at its small villages which will deliver a dual experience of cultural and natural extravaganza. One of the less explored stations in the state, Darap Village will render you enchanted with its scenic beauty and tranquil atmosphere. 

The village is located at a distance of 8 km from Pelling and can be visited by road. While you are staying here, you can spend some memorable time taking early morning village walks, hiking to nearby places, sitting by streams, interacting with locals, or simply admiring the beauty of pristine nature here.

Location: 8 km from Pelling towards the road to Yuksom
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Kecholpheri

Kecholpheri

If you like to explore offbeat locations, you are going to Kecholpheri which is not known to too many tourists visiting Sikkim. Majorly popular among backpackers and photographers, Kecholpheri is among the best places to visit in Sikkim in December. 

When visited during peak winter months, you can find this high altitude lake at its best, surrounded by Himalayan mountains hiding under plush sheets of virgin snow. The site can be included in your plans if you are planning to visit Yuksom and Pelling on your Sikkim visit.

Location: Yuksom, Sikkim
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Yuksom

Yuksom

With numerous visual treats on offer, Yuksom is one of the most sought after tourist destination in Sikkim, especially if you are visiting the region in the month of December. Since Yuksom has remained the ancient capital of Sikkim, the place enjoys a lot of tourist spots that will amuse you throughout your visit to this historical town. 

What makes this place with alluring landscapes even more exciting is the views of snow-capped mountains that can be enjoyed from here. Though the month of December features extremely cold temperatures, Yuksom is located on an elevation of 5,900 due to which the cold here is bearable. Some of the must-visit sites here are Khecheopalri Lake, Kanchenjunga Falls, and Sanga Choeling Monastery.

Location: Gyalzing, West Sikkim
15

Tashiding

Tashiding

A small Himalayan village located on a hill in Western Sikkim, Tashiding is counted among the most revered religious sites in Sikkim. As per a popular legend, the village is the central point of the holy places in the state. Hence, a lot of local devotees and local and foreign tourists frequent the village throughout the year. 

The major attraction in the village is Tashiding Monastery that was found in the year 1641. The other places of interest here are orange orchards and cardamom plantations. One can travel to Tashiding from Yuksom as it is located at a distance of 16 km from the place. You can also partake in Bumchu Festival that is held here annually during the winter season.

Location: 25 km from Gyalzing, West Sikkim
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Rabdentse

Rabdentse

Add an essentially Sikkim flavour to your holiday experience by exploring this former capital city of the Kingdom of Sikkim. A place with a great importance in the history of Sikkim, Rabdentse was found by Tensung Namgya, the king of Sikkim in 1670 and remained the capital city till the year 1814. 

The ruins of the palace and the chortens that once held an unmatched glory are located near the popular Pemayangtse Monastery and can be reached by trekking from the monastery. Whatever is left of the palace tells a lot about its magnificent architecture and the illustriousness of the kingdom. If you are a history buff visiting Sikkim, do not miss out on this amazing site.

Location: 2 km from Pemayangtse Monastery, West Sikkim

Timing: 8 AM to 5 PM

Entry Fee: Entry is free
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Pemayangtse Monastery

Pemayangtse Monastery

This monastery is one of the most prominent Buddhist Monasteries in the state of Sikkim, located at a distance of 110 km from the capital city, Gangtok and 2 km from the popular West Sikkim city, Pelling. If you are planning to visit the state during the winter season, this monastery is a great option of a tourist spot for you where you will get to learn about the Buddhist culture along with experiencing a sense of peace. 

The architecture of this 300-year-old structure and the idols kept therein are definitely worth admiring. Besides, numerous paintings, ancient manuscripts and scriptures have also been stored here.

Location: Pemayangtse, 110 km from Gangtok

Timing: 9 AM to 6 PM

Entry Fee: INR 20 per person
18

Ravangla

Ravangla

A popular tourist destination located in South Sikkim, the small town of Ravangla is full of surprises. Enjoying an elevation of 7,000 feet located on the foothills of Maenam Hills, Ravangla can be visited throughout the year. However, the picturesque town exhibits an unusual charm during winter months when the views of snow-capped mountains all around render the visitors speechless. 

Whether you are on a solo journey to discover yourself or you are touring Sikkim with your better half, the place is ideal for all kinds of travellers. Some of the major tourist attractions in and around Ravangla are Shar Chok Bephu Cave, Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary, Ralong Monastery, and Ravangla Monastery.

Location: South Sikkim
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Nathang Valley

Nathang Valley

If you are a mountain lover who enjoys being in high altitude regions, Nathang Valley is a place you need to be while you are in Sikkim. Boasting a whopping elevation of 13,500 feet, Nathang Valley is located along the Silk Route and is often referred to as ‘Ladakh of Sikkim’. Once an abode of the yak herders who came from Tibet, this destination is off the beaten path, offering tranquillity in its purest form.

During the winter season, thick blankets of snow hide the scenic landscape of the valley. The fluttering prayer flags, the gushing water streams, and the towering mountains around – Nathang Valley is truly a nature lover’s paradise. The place also features a monastery, a temple and several trekking trails.

Location: East Sikkim
20

Namgyal Institute of Tibetology

Namgyal Institute of Tibetology

Unravel some interesting facts about the history and culture of the region by paying Namgyal Institute of Tibetology a visit while you are in Sikkim. The institute gives you an opportunity to learn all you wish to know about Sikkim and Tibetan culture apart from imparting the knowledge of art and language. 

The complex stores paintings, coins, trumpets, etc. and features a library that has one of the greatest collections of Tibetan works. The institute was established in 1958, and has been a major tourist attraction in Sikkim. Enhancing the aesthetic appeal of the place with its presence is the image of Manjushri that was brought here from Tibet.

Location: Gangtok, Sikkim

Timing:  10 AM to 4 PM
21

Jawahar Lal Nehru Botanical Garden

Jawahar Lal Nehru Botanical Garden

Otherwise famous as a popular picnic spot and weekend getaway destination among the locals, Jawahar Lal Nehru Botanical Garden located in the state capital, Gangtok is among the greatest places to visit in Sikkim in December. The lush green expanse of the garden cradles within its ambit a variety of fauna species and is an ideal spot if you are a nature lover or somebody looking for an escape from the uproar of cities. 

The garden offers a splendid view of Gangtok on one side and the breathtaking scenery of towering Himalayan peaks on the other side. You can either take a stroll in the peaceful environment or enjoy boating in the lake present inside the garden.

Location: Near Rumtek Monastery, Gangtok

Timing: 8 AM to 6:30 PM
22

Kangchengdzonga National Park

Kangchengdzonga National Park

Another timeless gem on the list of the best tourist spots in Sikkim, Kangchengdzonga National Park is a high altitude wildlife park located in the realm of the Himalayas. The scenic offerings of the place in the form of high altitude lakes, verdant valleys and 19 colossal mountain peaks make it an interesting place for photography and exploration. 

Furthermore, the wide range of exotic flora and fauna found here makes it an ideal destination for wildlife enthusiasts visiting the state. Owing to the rich biota housed by the park spread over an area of 849 sq. km, it was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site in the year 2016. 

Location: North Sikkim

Timing: Open 24 hours

Entry Fee: INR 200 per person
23

Experience Local Drink Chang

Experience Local Drink Chang

Taste the local beverage called Chaang while you are in Sikkim, and that will end up becoming the high point of your journey here. The drink is made by brewing rice grains, millet or barley, and is consumed in Sikkim and some parts of Nepal and Tibet as well. 

The alcoholic drink is usually consumed by sipping from a pipe made of bamboo in a traditional fashion. Though Chaang is easily available at restaurants in Sikkim, if you face a hard time finding a good quality traditional style Chaang, you can ask a local and they will gladly guide you to the ecstasy.

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20 November 2018
Excellent
About the operators: Thrillophilia ties up with trek operators for this amazing trek. The team that carries the group is well trained, well versed and allows the trekkers to focus on their trekking. To provide service at such altitude with smile on face is bliss. They also have some hidden gems planned during the trek for people to be pleasantly surprised. Our trek guide Premtuk is an old hand and lives in Yaksum region. His ability to guide the team as well as captain the support staff was fantastic. He also made sure that trekkers were absolutely taken care off. He had excellent support staff and 12 horses to make sure that we had a glitch-free day’s and nights. Tenzing, vijay and others who worked tirelessly and with laughter all the time made the time memorable. About the trek: this trek offers variety for a serious trekker. The trails and paths are not the same throughout or even different times of the year. It has varied degree of difficulty and hence one needs to be physically and mentally prepared to harness the strength. One connects to self and nature throughout and comes back rejuvenated. It’s not just the moments of seeing sunrise or the summit from various points or watching Mt Pantim alone that takes your breath away but also the journey. It’s a pilgrimage to your own inner self that one ends up discovering. Finally few words of suggestions: for city dwellers who come for this trek, it’s a great idea to come and stay In yuksam few days in advance and do some of other amazing treks. Not only it helps in acclimatisation but also allows you to soak in local culture and food.
20 November 2018
Excellent
"The beauty of this trek is all about the landscape. You start of the trek from dense forest with fresh streams and then to Rhododendron trees when you gain altitude , later which you would come across a beautiful valley overlooking Mt Kanchenjunga. Try out the local cuisine in Yuksom. Thukpa and Chang are two things you need to try out. Although the trek is not recommended for first time trekkers you can still give it a shot provided you are fit and have taken all the items in checklist. "
23 November 2019
Excellent
This was my first trip with Thrillophilia as well as with complete strangers. I must say that Thrillophilia did not disappoint me ( nobody is perfect, so be flexible to accept minute glitches) . The whole trip went so smooth , starting from the pick up from airport, the hotels we got, arrangement of permits, site seeing and drop at the airport. Special thanks to Deep ( trip coordinator from tour angle) and Ammu ( my cab driver) . P. S. : if you want to see the flower calf yumthang valley and the frozen Tsomgo and Gurudongmar lake , then the ideal time to visit north Sikkim is March-April. November is the ideal time to witness the pleasant winter of sikkim along with its untouched beauty. Looking forward to travel more with Thrillophilia. P.S: the only problem which we faced was two co- passengers who used to get late for everything and because of them we had to rush from each location because of time constraint ( I totally understand that this things isn’t in the hand of Thrillophilia)
28 April 2016
Excellent
Trekking in the state of Sikkim is very different and a unique experience that you would not gain from trekking in any other part of India. The Indian Himalayas trek in Sikkim is awesome and a must take. What we enjoyed the most were the mountains, the trek trails, the people and their unique culture. This was a sharp contrast to our habits and culture. The trek is not that difficult and it is in fact very much feasible to be taken even by a first timer as well. The trekking was very nicely planned and organized with perfect budget. Do try this trek.
01 July 2015
Suryakanta Patil Goechala Trek, Sikkim, 2020
Excellent
Located in the state of Sikkim, this Goecha La trek is my dream and desire come true. This trek is a treat to all the adventure lovers who are in our country or visit our country. This place is nestled midst colourful, unique, and vibrant flora and fauna. This trek also paves way to the astounding Kanchenjunga National Park that can be visited in a day. This trek is an opulent beauty as it opens doors to murky valleys, snow clad mountain peaks, astonishing lakes, and lovely rivers in Sikkim. I was just marvelled at the spectacular beauty of this place.
26 March 2020
Excellent
The Singalila Trek by Thrillophilia had everything that I wanted from a trek. From adventurous forest trails to sights of the Everest, this trek was the most enjoyable experience of my entire life. The support staff, guide and even the whole organised process of the trek was all due to Thrillophilia and their committed people. They even made sure that the group was having fun during the strenuous ascents and descents, which not many people think of. Thrillophilia even customised the booking process according to our convenience, and did everything on our behalf. With this trekking tour by Thrillophilia, I am happy to say that they have gained a permanent customer who will be coming back for their help pretty soon.
23 March 2020
Excellent
Though Dzongri trekking is a short trek of 11 days in West Sikkim, it is quite challenging because of altitude acclimatization. But the package includes an overnight stay in a local hut in Tshoka village that will help you to adapt to the change in weather. The accommodation is quite comfortable and includes all the basic amenities.
16 March 2020
Excellent
Previously, I have booked Kedarnath Trek in Uttarakhand from Thrillophilia and had an amazing experience. Whether it is the description on the website or the pictures, Thrillophilia has been my travel assistant from beginning till the end of Dzongri Trek. With an amazing customer support team who is always available to solve your queries, you can easily enjoy your magnificent and soak in the natural beauty.
16 March 2020
Amritambu Nambeesan Singalila Trek, Sikkim 2020
Superb
I am an ardent lover of trekking and other adventure sports and activities. Thanks to Thrillophilia, I found a trekking tour to Singalila at the cheapest price ever, that too with the inclusion of permits as well as a guide. This year, my wish to complete the Singalila national park Trek came true only because of Thrillophilia. Everything, right from the booking procedure, to the mode of payment was easy and without any issues. In fact, they made sure that everything was taken care of even during the trek. Upon my arrival at home after the trek, Thrillophilia even made sure to ask for any issues that I might have faced during the Singalila Trek, which is commendable. Thank you for such a memorable trek.
04 January 2020
Very Good
It was overall a good tour to have on a new year. There were few goods and few bads which I want to mention. When we reached Gangtok from Bagdogra, the hotels provided were very good and it was easy to register yourself there. Highlight of the tour was that we got the permit for Nathula which we covered on Day 2 along with Changu Lake and Baba Mandir. We came to know that Gurudongmar was not accesible and we were given the very basic option to see the local sightseeing of Gangtok which is no where equals to Gurudongmar Lake. We should have been given an option equivalent to GD Lake. The hotels at Lachen and Lachung were below average. The planning for meal was not adequate as we have to call again and again to the organizer to check what is included and what is not as the plan was changing very frequently. Deep helped us in every way possible but it could have been more organized and they should have a back up plan ready when one plan fails which was not there. Another disappointment was that we failed to see Yumthang Valley too due to weather issue(which we can blame on Kismet and not on organizers ofcourse). It was overall a good trip but it could have been better. The group was very understanding. I want to give it a 3.5 rating but there is no option for .5 so I went with 3. Here are some pictures.

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  1. Is December is a good time to visit Sikkim?

    Well, December is delightful in Sikkim as the weather is pleasant and the temperature ranges between 10 degrees Celsius to 4 degrees celsius. Also, the high altitude region witnesses a drop to freezing point and is accompanied by chilling breezes.
  2. Does it snow in Sikkim in December?

    Snowfall is not frequent in all the regions of Sikkim but in the higher altitude regions like Tsomgo Lake, Kupup Lake, Lachung, Lachen, Yumthang and Zero Point you can witness ample of snow.
  3. Can I visit Gurudongmar Lake in December?

    This is one of the best places to visit in Sikkim in December as the entire Valley is covered with snow but the roads to the Gurudongmar Lake are blocked at times and planning a visit this month is not a good option.

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