Sikkim, is widely known for its extraordinary natural beauty and absolutely magnificent and less trodden landscapes. Its stunning beauty can be attributed to its location in the folds of Himalayas. The regions which is blessed with a diverse range of landscapes, from lush green valleys to towering snow-capped peaks are a major attraction for tourists all across the globe. Sikkim is nestled in the eastern Himalayas, with numerous majestic peaks, including Kanchenjunga, the third-highest mountain in the world. The sight of these towering mountains against the clear blue skies is awe-inspiring.
During the day, the temperature in Sikkim in the month of July is not too cold and usual clothing such as jeans or shorts are comfortable wear. Nights are colder and you should carry shawls, jackets or light sweaters.
Can we see snow in Sikkim in July?
Snowfall in Sikkim can be enjoyed between November to February months in the winter season when almost all the high-altitude regions enjoy snowfall. December to January are the peak winter months when a lot of places in Sikkim, especially North Sikkim gets covered with snow.
Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, is one of the best places to visit in Sikkim during summer vacations extending till July. You can do a lot of things to do here with family and friends such as relaxing at gorgeous hilltop hotels or homestays, enjoying cable rides, enjoying camping or rafting expeditions, paragliding or simply gaze at the gorgeous mountains. The rich past of Gangtok will have interesting tales to tell and the beauty of the majestic Kanchenjunga will be most spellbinding. In the summer months, the trekking option is lovely to enjoy the mountain air and enjoy some thrill. The monasteries will be peaceful havens on earth.
Lachung poses some chances of snowfall even in summer months because of its location at a higher altitude of 9,600 feet above sea level. Located at a distance of approximately 110 km from Gangtok, Lachung takes 4-5 hours to reach. Both Indian and foreign nationals required permits to enter Lachung set at the confluence of the Lachen and Lachung rivers.
Lachung serves as the entry gate of the Yumthang Valley and attracts a lot of tourists from all over the world on account of its beautiful monasteries. Relax and enjoy incredible natural beauty, visit the peaceful Yumthang Valley, listen to the rhythmic sounds of waterfalls, learn about the authentic and vibrant Sikkimese culture at Lachung Monastery and don’t forget to visit the breathtakingly beautiful Gurudongmar Lake.
With a temperature ranging from 10°C to 25°C and a distance of approximately 114 km from Gangtok, Lachen is a must visit in July if weather permits. Travel time by road from Gangtok is 4-5 hours and it takes you to a land of untainted beauty. Permits have to be arranged both by Indian and foreign nationals to visit Lachen. Lachen forms the touch point for stepping into the land of Gurudongmar Lake and Chopta Valley. This mountain village offers its visitors some beautiful landscapes that are green and sparkling. Tourists love to visit Lachen as it is a memorable North Sikkim getaway. Lachen calls for a far cry into the wilderness of pure nature creating great memoirs from monasteries to lakes to green valleys. The beauty of Lachen village is a retreat for nature lovers. Indulge in treks across Lachen’s pristine valleys and mystic hills, watch the exotic birds and animals, go paragliding or do some exciting rafting sessions to make your Sikkim tour memorable.
Gurudongmar Lake is located at a distance of approximately 180 km from Gangtok. It takes around 7-8 hours by road to reach this scenic spot. Inner Line Permit is required for Indian nationals to visit Gurudongmar Lake and foreigners are not allowed. This pristine, high-altitude lake in Sikkim is a coveted tourist destination for all tourists in July. In winters, even when the temperatures fall below freezing point, the lake never gets frozen. In the summer season, the peace and tranquillity wraps the surroundings of the lake. It offers captivating views of snow-covered mountains all around from a height of 17,800 ft. The lake is held sacred and is associated with Guru Padmasambhava. In summer time people enjoy the enchanting beauty of wild, colourful flowers all across. Photos for Instagram posting and enjoying an adrenaline rush with a trek towards the Tso Lhamo, or watching in awe the Yak race in the summers with a spiritual healing in the presence of Sarva Dharmasthala temple are all major attractions in and around the lake.
The high-altitude lakes of Sikkim are major head turners. A trip to East Sikkim shall be incomplete without a visit to Tsomgo Lake or Changu Lake located at 12,300 ft above sea level. Along with Nathu La Pass and Gurudongmar Lake, Tsomgo Lake forms a good triangle for tourists to enjoy the beauty of Sikkim. The lake is said to change its colours every season and you need to visit it to believe it. Tsomgo Lake gives a snow white frozen beauty in winter. But in summer Tsomgo Lake is a mesmerizing beauty with sparkling water out of melting snow and the towering Himalayan ranges at the backdrop. The swaying burst of flowerbeds enhance the lake’s beauty during summer. The scene is none less than heaven on earth. You can enjoy the view of the lake from a distance from the top of a nearby hill or come down to its edges to gaze at its waters. The decorated yak will win your heart with a joyful ride around the lake and you will continue to gape at the wondrous beauty all around.
Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple
Indians and the local people of Sikkim in general are proud to showcase the importance and grandeur of a temple that is dedicated to a dutiful soldier who died a martyr while on duty protecting the boundaries of our nation at the Indo-China border. Baba Harbhajan Singh temple is located around 60 km from Gangtok. Pay a visit to this place to experience the magical patriotic feeling of being proud of our soldiers who dedicate their lives for the protection of our nation. This temple is a must-visit destination in Sikkim for summer holidays with family. The Indian Army soldier Harbhajan Singh is respected and adored not less than a deity and his temple can be viewed located just above Changu Lake. During the summer months, this temple of Baba Harbhajan Singh is comfortably accessible but in winters excessive snowfall sometimes block the access path to the temple. According to popular local belief, the spirit of the brave soldier, Baba Harbhajan Singh, still performs his duty here protecting the borders and the people. The soldiers get inspired by the Baba’s soul and they feel his presence all around them. In the meetings with Chinese soldiers, a chair is kept empty and reserved in respect for Baba Harbhajan. People also keep food and drink regularly for Baba.
Rumtek Monastery is a joy to visit with its 300 year old legacy. It is located approximately 24 km from Gangtok. Summer is a great time for visiting the exquisitely beautiful monasteries in Sikkim. Most of the monasteries are located on the hills and offer beautiful sunset scenes apart from the surreal mountains all around. The architectural design of Rumtek Monastery resembles the Tsurphu monastery in Tibet, which makes it an important tourist attraction in East Sikkim. During summer time this monastery is ideal to visit with its peace and serenity. It teaches and showcases a lot about the Buddhist religion. The outstanding mountains and valley views is an extra attraction along with the picturesque roads leading to the monastery that is enigmatic.
Nathu La Pass
Nathula Pass attracts a huge number of tourists each year as it is a Indian Military Fortified area connecting India to China at an altitude of 14,140 feet. Breath-taking views of the snow-capped mountains during the summer months can never be missed. Though March to June is considered the safest time to visit Nathu La Pass, July can also be targeted if weather permits. This ancient Silk Route, linking Tibet and India, is steeped in historical importance and is a thrill to visit. Only Indians are allowed to visit and with a permit and watch in awe the brigade of Chinese and Indian soldiers proudly guarding the borders of the nations.
Pelling is an adventure hub apart from being a spiritual centre and a beautiful tourist attraction in the heart of Himalayas. It is located at an altitude of 7,200 feet and its beauty is beyond description. It offers unparalleled views of Mount Kanchenjunga and is an alluring spot for trekking enthusiasts, so much so that Pelling forms the base camp for many trekking expedition routes. Pelling is the home to exotic monasteries and waterfalls. Here people flock for bird watching and enjoying a hill vacation in the lap of mother nature. It is the perfect destination in Sikkim to explore in the summer season with family. This picaresque hamlet will fill you with serenity and tranquillity. The beauty of the Kanchenjunga Waterfalls will take your breath away. Sewaro Rock Garden will call for enjoying a relaxing picnic. Pelling Skywalk is sensational with its first glass path of India and the remote and serene Darap village will embrace you warmly with its beauty and hospitality.
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