Nitesh R Pradhan
Gangtok, Jan 6
The temperature has dipped across the Himalayan state with capital Gangtok at 2.2 degree Celsius, lowest so far in 2020. Reports have emerged of heavy to moderate snowfall across the state in all four districts. The upper reaches of the state capital also witnessed light to moderate snowfall, a first in almost after fifteen years since it last snowed.
Lowest Temperature in Gangtok last year was- 3.1 degree Celsius on 4th January with meteorologists stating that Sikkim may witness more chill and snowfall in the entire month of January.
GN Raha, Director, Indian Meteorological Department(Sikkim) said that dip in temperature is due to cyclonic circulation over sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Bangladesh and will remain so till Monday.
The dip in temperature has meant minimum travel for the locals, who are staying indoors to beat the chill in atmosphere. Stakeholders in the state’s fledgling tourism industry however will have a busy season with many tourists enquiries post snow fall.
“Although there is some time left for the peak tourist season to commence. We have been getting queries from domestic and international tourists even in dry season. We are hopeful and happy,” said Nischal Lohagan, Travel guide.
Rain and snowfall has been predicted by the meteorological department for the next four days in different areas of the state.