Pelling in Sikkim is placid travel destination, situated at an altitude of 6,800 ft from the sea level. Pelling Sikkim, which is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Sikkim, attracts most of the visitors for its glorious history, nature and culture of the state. Pelling Sikkim’s, laid back, scenic, but rapidly swelling hamlet is famous for the magnificent view of the snow-capped mountains of Khangchendzonga.
Most of the local inhabitants of Pelling are Buddhists and speak the local Sikkimese language. The other languages spoken here are Nepali, Hindi, and English. Pelling can be visited throughout the year apart from the rainy season, i.e. from mid June to August. An umbrella is anytime handy. Pelling in Sikkim is an ideal getaway for tourists as its vicinity has numerous waterfalls, soft trek routes, villages and soothing atmosphere for all discerning. High above the forest covered hills, in an amphitheater of cloud, snow and rock.
There are several mesmerizing tourist destinations located near Pelling. This hill station is famous for its history and culture. Words would not be enough to describe the beauty of Pelling. In fact, one must see it to believe how wonderful it is. Pelling is located near Siliguri and Gangtok, so you can any time flock to Pelling from the cities. You can easily travel from these cities to Pelling by tourists cars, tourists mini coaches and taxis.
Best Time to Visit
Pelling is very cold in winters and very pleasant in summers. So the best time to visit the town is from February-May and September- December.
Prime Sightseeing in Pelling Sikkim
Sanga choeling Monastery :
It is the second oldest monastery in Sikkim This monastery is located on a ridge above Pelling and the famous Pemayangtse Monastery. To reach the Monastery one has to walk on steep hilly slope which lead through rich forests area.During your sightseeing in Pelling explore this monastery which is not so well known when compared to Pemayangtse Monastery yet has lot to reveal when you visit it.
Pemayangtse monastery :
is special because it is meant only for ‘ta-sang’ lamas (pure monks). Believed to have been conceptualised and designed by the pioneer of Buddhism in Sikkim, Lhatsun Chhembo, Pemayangste soon became the nuclei of monasteries in Sikkim. Today, it is considered as the “premier monastery” of the State and is also one of the most thronged places to visit in Sikkim.
Khecheopalri Lake :
is considered as one of the sacred lakes of Sikkim by the Hindus and Buddhists and hence is amongst the topmost places for sightseeing in Pelling. The lake remains hidden in the forests. It is believed that birds do not permit even a single leaf to float on the lake surface.
Sangay Waterfall : This lies around 10 km from Pelling. There is a bridge here atop which the lovely fresh spray of the water from the waterfalls is a heavenly experience. This is a favorite spot for picnickers and is a major place of tourism in Pelling.
Rimbi Waterfalls :
The River Rimbi lies around 12 kms from Pelling. Lying very near the village Darap, this lies in between Yuksam and Khecheopalri. Here there is also a Hydel Power Station. The waterfalls lies near the Sewaro rock garden. People would love to come here in summer and enjoy the beauty of the waterfall. The water of the river decreases and the river flows more gently and attracts tourists like to come to this riverbank and indulge in fishing. But it is preferable to avoid this waterfall, during the rainy season, as the river turns violent. Sikkim lies just 2km away from these waterfalls. It is not a very big waterfall but is certainly a good tourist spot.
Rabdentse Ruins :
The earlier Sikkim capital after the city of Yuksam, the Sikkimese king had ruled this place in the year 1814. A tourist coming to Rabdantsey ruins wouldn’t be able to see it as it is hidden from the major road. Tourists come to Pelling and walk up to these ruins through a path which is an offshoot of the main road. The Peymangtse monastery also lies near these ruins. The tourist is entirely mesmerized by the lovely sight of the Mt. Khangchendzonga and the deep mystical heights of the Himalayan ranges along with the deep valleys haunt the tourist’s memory for ever.
Kanchenjunga Waterfalls :
This is amongst the largest Sikkim waterfalls. Situated around 29km from the city of Pelling, these waterfalls lies on the way to Yuksom. Falling from a height of 300 feet, these falls are between two beautiful hills. The natural vegetation and the scenic beauty here is the main feature of the waterfalls. This is around 25km from the city of Pelling and takes around an hour and a half to reach here. Small steps lead to the waterfall base. This is the last point for site seeing in Pelling. From here a tourist would proceed to the Khechopalri Wishing Lake.
Sewaro Rock Garden :
Situated around 13 km from Pelling, one can drive down this place in half an hour. It is near the Khecheopalri Wishing Lake and the Kanchenjunga Waterfall. It has the best pools, and with its curving paths up attract the tourist and they like to enjoy the swimming and other facilities here. The view here is beautiful and is a favorite of the picnickers. There is an entry fee charged to enter this garden. The garden is along the riverside and one has to go a little down from the main road to come to this garden. The water of the river is cool and one can touch it.
Darap Valley : The Sikkim Tourist Department has promoted this area as a major site seeing spot. Lying 6 km from the city of Pelling, the limbo community is predominant here along with Chettris, Bhutias etc. The valley is slopy and is rich in tradition and culture. The Darap Agro Farm and Tourism Development Co operative Limited is a major tourist attraction here.
Accommodation is not at all a problem in Pelling. Ranging from luxury to budget hotels, Siliguri offers all. Modern facilities coupled with hospitality, you will get both. You can select from a range of luxury and budget hotels in Siliguri besides star categorised accommodation. You can find well-furnished rooms with all required comforts at your feet. Luckily, Pelling offers numerous attractive walks and hotel terraces from where one can gaze in awe at the world’s third highest peak.
Bagdogra Airport is the nearest airport from Pelling. Trains are available from either New Jalpaiguri or Siliguri. Pelling is linked with with Siliguri, Kalimpong, Gangtok etc, through weather metaled roads.