The pleasant little town of Pelling is famous for magnificent views of the snow-capped Kanchenjunga range, the third highest peak in the world. Pelling is about 128 km away from Siliguri and 115km from Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim, and is well connected by bus and jeep services. Around 10 kms from Gnashing, Pelling is a beautiful hill-station, nestled between the snow-covered peaks of Sikkim. Pelling is a small township that is getting popular for its ultimate natural beauty. It is today emerging as the second biggest tourist destination in the state after Gangtok. The Placid town pulls most of the visitors for its representative status in history, nature and culture of the state of Sikkim. The hamlet had been trivial for past many years, but with the increasing inflow of tourists, Pelling is gradually turning into a full-fledged town. However, the natural charm and splendor of Pelling is not fading with the arrival of concrete edifices owing to the green forests. There are many waterfalls, soft trek routes, villages and gentle ambiance that will keep you betrothed in Pelling. It is for sure that you would certainly like to spend a quality time at this place amidst beautiful thoughts.
Situated at an altitude of 6,800 ft, Pelling offers good view of the entire Kanchenjunga mountain range including Koktang, Kumbhakaran (Jannu), and Rathong, Kabru, Kabru Dome, Kanchenjunga, Pandim, Siniolchu and others. This is as close as you can get to the Kanchenjunga range without leaving the material comfort of good hotels. Due to its advantageous location, many hotels and lodges have come up in and around Pelling catering to varied tastes and budgets. The cloud and sun plays a continuous game of hide and seek creating a mesmerizing environment for the traveler. The People of Sikkim consist of three ethnic groups, that is, Lepcha, Bhutia and Nepali. Communities of different hues intermingle freely in Sikkim to constitute a homogenous blend. The west district of Sikkim offers the grand vistas of the snowy ranges of Mt. Khangchendzonga. Here one can sit by serene lakes or walk through the Rhododendron forests or get wet under the stupendous waterfalls.
Sight Seeing of Pelling
Khangchendzonga Water Falls: about an hour’s drive from Pelling. The vigorous descent of sparkling water will enthrall you.
Rabdentse Ruins :- This was the second capital of the erstwhile kingdom of Sikkim after Yuksom and till the year 1814 A.D., the king of Sikkim ruled the state from this place. Today, Rabdentse ruins lie hidden from the main road at a walking distance from Pelling
Pemayangtse Monastery:- at Pelling is one of the oldest monasteries in Sikkim, less than a kilometer from Pelling while a 40 minute walk on the hill opposite the monastery takes you to Sanga Choling monastery built in 1697, one of the first in the state. This ancient monastery belongs to the Nyingma sect of Buddhism. It is one of the premier monasteries, having been entrusted monarch.
Tashiding Monastery: was constructed in the 18th century on the top of a heart shaped hill with the backdrop Mt. Khangchendzonga. It is also famous for holy Stupas locally as Chorten. The Chorten ‘Thong-Waa-Rang-Dol’which literally means ‘salvation by mere sight’. It is believed that the mere act of beholding it washes away all sins of a devotee. The Bumchu Ceremony, opening of the sacred pot containing holy water, is believed to have been blessed by Lhatsun Chenpo, a Buddhist saint of the 17th century This ceremony signifies Sikkim’s future for the year ahead.
Khecheopalri Lake: defines peace and tranquility. Known to fulfill wishes made here. It is an hour and half drive away from Pelling. , highly acknowledged as one of the holy lakes in Sikkim. Surprisingly, there is not a single leaf on the lake surface, which is said to be cleared by birds.
Sangay Waterfall: 10 km from Pelling.
Kewzing: – near Pelling in West Sikkim is recommended for bird watcher looking for a complete Himalayan bird watching experience. The area is excellent for Himalayan birds and migratory birds and is recommended for any avid bird watcher. Special Bird watching Tour is also conducted covering following areas.
Yuksom: – was the first capital of Sikkim, where the first Chogyal of the Kingdom of Sikkim was consecrated in 1641 A.D. by three learned lamas. The evidence of the ceremony is still intact in Norbugang Chorten in the form of stone and a footprint of the head lama on a stone. is also the base camp for all treks to Dzongri and Goechala.
Varsey is for the flower lovers:- It is at an altitude of 10,000ft. The motor able road ends at Hilly, from where an easy 4km trek takes you where Varsey Rhododendron sanctuary. The place breaks out in a riot of colors in the month of April, May and June besides providing a magnificent view of the mountain ranges.
The other two major tourist attractions are the Rimbi Water Falls and Karchen Power House. You will truly enjoy your visit to the Sewaro Rock Garden, admired with flowers, fountains, spectacular gardens, ponds, swimming pool, cafeteria and well-maintained rocks.
Visiting Time: You can visit Pelling round the year, better to avoid the rainy season.
Communication of Pelling
BY Train – Avail express train like Darjeeling Mail, Kanchenjunga Express, Kanchankanya Express, Teesta Torsa from Sealdaha and from Howrah avail Kamrup Express , Saraighat Express to get down at New Jalpaiguri(NJP). From there avail hired car for pelling (135km).
By Bus : Express/Super fast bus/Volvo available from Kolkata (Esplanade) via State Transport and Private Transport for Siliguri. From Siliguri booked hired car for Pelling (128 km).
By Air – Daily flight available from Dum Dum Airport for Bagdogra. From Bagdogra booked hired car for Pelling(138 km).