If you are planning to travel to Sikkim this winter and you have done your last-minute research well, you have a schedule set up and all hotels booking are done. If you think you are good to go, reconsider. Here are 6 things you better be prepared for.
What to Pack for Winter Travel – Clothes
We propose that you carry woollens enough for 5-6 layers (2 thermals/warmers, thick shirts, sweaters, coats and so forth.) You also remember to keep layers to least when going via air. Specific outfits, with a top and bottom worn exclusively with each other, are not perfect for travelling light. Rather, pack neutral colour pants that can be worn with different tops. Ensure each shirt runs with some jeans, and you’ll never need to wear a similar outfit twice.
Rain Proof Cover for Your Luggage
It is Possible that while you’re travelling out to another town, you may experience rainfall or even snowfall. Be mindful that any of the baggage kept on the top carrier of your vehicle is probably going to get wet, including the garments contained inside. The rain cover in hired vehicle barely makes a difference. Make Sure you have your garments secured in plastic sacks since you will not get any opportunity to dry your garments through the trip.
Ways to Keep Yourself Warm
Power shortage is common in the state during off-season, Electric room heaters in off-season are not allowed as per government instructions. Hence, be prepared to overcome the cold without them. You can ask your hotel or Homestay staff to arrange for a bonfire. Making hot water bottles an affordable and effective way to stay warm. You can use one under the blankets, will keep your bed warm through the night. Delicious winter soups like thupka, Hot tea and coffee will also help to keep your body warm as well. All things considered, if your exclusive expectation is liquor. Fortunately, it is easily available at shops in most localities.
Working hours in Sikkim
Markets all through Sikkim close at 8 PM. Not many restaurant or food outlets remain open past that time. If you are planning to take food outside plan accordingly and call in advance and check availability of food in advance.
Carry Stock of Wai Wai
While you are going in Sikkim, always carry your supply of Wai Wai. These will come convenient when you are stuck in some place or don’t have a Restaurant close-by.
Average Speed is 25 KMPH on roads
Traffic Speed in hills is quite slow due to curves and narrow roads. When you are planning your trip, make sure you consider minimum 4 Hours for 100 Km travelling and likewise for other distance. In hills travelling from one town to other takes the entire day.