Gangtok, Dec 29:
Sikkim along with neighboring Darjeeling received snowfall today morning and yesterday. Parts of North Sikkim, East Sikkim and west Sikkim Nepal Border and Darjeeling in West Bengal receive a good amount of snowfall following that once again, after Christmas day and following that a severe cold wave has gripped the state Sikkim accompanied by rainfall from today morning. Tsomgo Lake of east Sikkim which is one of the famous tourist destinations and other adjoining areas witnessed heavy snowfall and the lake was frozen. So much so snowfall has been accumulated in 4 to 5 inches
Capital Gangtok, recorded a minimum of 03.1 degree Celsius accompanied by rainfall and today only 008.6 mm of rainfall was recorded as per Indian Meteorological Department (Sikkim). Not only in East Sikkim but parts of north Sikkim and west Sikkim also experienced heavy snowfall from night and during day time also snowfall occurred. It must be informed here that from the last 24 hours Sikkim had a very cold weather and cold has gripped the entire state and average temperature as per the IMD in the last three days is 03.0 and it has also predicted that till tomorrow the situation will remain same after that the weather will be dry. Due to heavy snowfall the authority has stopped issuing passes to visit Tsomgo Lake, Baba Mandir, North Sikkim in order to decrease the chance of stranding and accidents.
Another aspect of snowfall is that due to snowfall tourists are attracted and Sikkim is already receiving a good number of tourists and travel planners have already started receiving bookings from across the nation up -coming season, also that is March -May. The entire tourist places are already jam packed due to the presence of tourists and the heart of the town M.G. Marg are full of national tourists. Drivers and travel planners are also happy this year as the tourist season has not yet disturbed but still fear of Omicron is still there and stakeholders are just praying no any further hindrance unlike previous years due to pandemic this time also they are and this year there are no such things.