Sikkim, India: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2018]

Traveling to Sikkim, India? If you're planning to go to Sikkim, here is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack:

When to go to Sikkim, India

Based on the climate and weather in Sikkim, the best time to go is October. See below for details.

What to wear/what to pack for Sikkim, India by month

January

January in Sikkim can be very chilly. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the low 30s F (single digits C). There is frost sometimes.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Warm pants or jeans
  • Socks
  • Jacket or coat
  • Light gloves or mittens
  • Standard footwear
  • Fleeces

February

If you vacation in Sikkim during February, you are likely to find that it is chilly. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 50s F (mid 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 40s F (single digits C).

There is frost sometimes.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Long skirts
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Pants or jeans
  • Socks
  • Dresses
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Standard footwear

March

March in Sikkim is cool. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 60s F (high 10s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Long skirts
  • Pants or jeans
  • Socks
  • Dresses
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Standard footwear
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses

April

April in Sikkim is balmy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 60s F (mid 10s C) to low 60s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Socks
  • Long skirts
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Standard footwear
  • Rain coat
  • Pants or jeans
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Dresses
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Umbrella

May

If you go to Sikkim in May, you will notice that it is balmy. Expect it to rain regularly. Daytime temperatures are in the low 70s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Sandals
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Dresses
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Skirts
  • Light footwear
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Umbrella
  • Rain coat

June

In June, Sikkim is balmy. Temperatures routinely are in the low 70s F (low 20s C) range.

At night, lows are in the low 60s F (mid 10s C). This is also a rainy time for Sikkim, with several of the days of the month having rain.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Skirts
  • Rain coat
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Light footwear
  • Umbrella
  • Dresses
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sandals

July

If you vacation in Sikkim during July, you are likely to find that it is balmy. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 70s F (low 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 60s F (high 10s C).

In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about half of the time.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Dresses
  • Rain coat
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Light footwear
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Skirts
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Sandals
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof luggage

August

August in Sikkim is balmy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 70s F (low 20s C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Skirts
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Dresses
  • Light footwear
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Sandals
  • Umbrella
  • Waterproof footwear
  • Rain coat

September

In September, Sikkim is mild. Temperatures routinely are in the low 70s F (low 20s C) range.

At night, lows are in the low 50s F (mid 10s C). This is also a rainy time for Sikkim, with several of the days of the month having rain.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof footwear
  • Long and short sleeve shirts
  • Sandals
  • Light footwear
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Skirts
  • Shorts or short pants
  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Dresses
  • Rain coat

October

If you visit Sikkim during October, you are likely to find that it is balmy. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 60s F (low 20s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 50s F (low 10s C).

In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain occasionally.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Waterproof footwear
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Dresses
  • Rain coat
  • Socks
  • Standard footwear
  • Pants or jeans
  • Waterproof luggage
  • Umbrella
  • Long skirts

November

November in Sikkim can be chilly. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the high 40s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Standard footwear
  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Socks
  • Pants or jeans
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Long skirts
  • Dresses

December

If you visit Sikkim during December, you are likely to find that it is crisp. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 50s F (mid 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 40s F (single digits C).

There is frost once in a while.

What to wear/what to pack:

  • Light jacket or fleece
  • Dresses
  • Long sleeve shirts or blouses
  • Standard footwear
  • Long skirts
  • Pants or jeans
  • Socks

Year-round what to wear/what to pack for Sikkim, India

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Sikkim, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

  • A plug adadpter that supports outlet types C, D and M
  • A SIM card that works in Sikkim
  • If you plan to visit a church, make sure to bring appropriate clothing
  • If you are visiting a temple, pack respectful clothing
  • Appropriate museum wear

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