Pelling

Why To Go

Pelling is a small town in the Indian state of Sikkim, at the foothills of Mount Kanchenjunga. Located in the western part of the state of Sikkim, Pelling is a quaint little village in the laps of the Eastern Himalayas and is 130 km from Gangtok. The village is one of the upcoming tourist spots in the state of Sikkim and is already the second biggest tourist attraction of the state, just second to Gangtok.

The hamlet is located at an altitude of around 2150 metres from the sea level.

With monasteries, lush green environment, sparkling lakes, the little village of Pelling is also known for its vibrant cultural life and exhibits the traditional aspects of the local culture at its best. If you want to get acquainted with the culture of north-eastern India, Pelling is the place to visit.

One can visit to Pelling for lovely mountain walks and stupendous views of the Kanchenjunga right from your hotel terrace or windows.

 Still being a virgin land, Pelling is covered with alpine vegetation added with several waterfalls along the hill side. Adventure lovers visit the place for trekking, too.  

Travel Tips

The best time to visit Pelling is in the months of summer i.e. in the months of April, May and June, as the temperature remains cool. You may also visit after the monsoons i.e. between September and November. The hillside looks very fresh and beautiful after the heavy downpour in monsoon. If you wish to experience the beauty of snowfall you may make a trip in the winter. Foreigners need an entry permit to visit Sikkim.

Things To Do

Planning to make a trip to Pelling? Be prepared to be swayed by a mesmerizing array of music, and songs, dances and exhibitions. Pelling is known for its cultural output. All round the year, there are different traditional festivals that are organized here. These festivals are a great way to know the local culture. However, it is not only human activities that draw people to Pelling. The place is also full of beautiful sights to please your mind. The terrain is covered by mountainous vegetation, and a number of colourful flowers also make the landscape a very pleasing sight. Kangchenjunga waterfalls decorate the terrain here. However, it is commonly regarded as the most beautiful of them all. Khecheopalri Lake is quite nearby, just 18 km away from Pelling and a destination for trekking. If you trek for another 1.5 km, you will reach Khecheopalri Gumpa. You may visit to the Sangachoeling Monastery also, built during 16th century. Accessible only by foot, it is a 45-minute walk from Pelling. Apart from being of great beauty, it is also of religious importance and regarded as a sacred lake. Pemayangtse Monastery is also well worth a visit. This is the oldest monastery in Sikkim. The monastery is also noted for its collection of rare relics and Buddhist artifacts. Rabdanse Ruins presents another popular tourist spots. The ruins are quite close to small streams. Together with the forest and the stream, it presents a beautiful sight. Delicacies such as Momo, Thukpa, Sha Phaley, bread stuffed with beef and cabbages are not to be missed.

Getting Around

Getting around Pelling is quite easy. Despite the fact that there are almost no public transports available, you can easily get cars for hire. Motorbikes can also be rented. Another mode of travelling is by renting bicycles from the locals and you may explore the hilly town by your foot, too.

How To Reach

FLIGHT

If you prefer to travel by plane, the nearest airport is at Bagdogra which is well connected to major cities. The distance between Bagdogra and Pelling is around 140 km. From the airport, you can either take a taxi or a bus or Sumo to reach Pelling.

TRAIN

The nearest important railway station is at New Jalpaiguri, located 133 km away from Pelling, and takes around 4-5 hours. The rail station at Jalpaiguri is connected to the stations in Delhi and Kolkata, and via them to the other cities across the country. From New Jalpaiguri rai station avail a shared taxi, Sumo or jeep to reach Pelling.

ROAD

There are direct bus routes between Jalpaiguri and Pelling. You can get up on a taxi or a jeep from any of the nearby important towns which will take you directly to the hill station here. There are also a number of buses which leave from the nearby towns like Gangtok, Siliguri, Darjeeling or Sikkim. Buses are both run by the state as well as private owners. You can take a bus from Siliguri to Pelling. The distance between Siliguri and Pelling is about 130 km and takes around 4 hours. The quickest route is to go to Geyzing and from there take a jeep to Pelling. Geyzing is the important transport hub of the region.

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Surrounding Attractions

Darap Village, located 7 km on the way to Yuksam, is a nearby village, known for its local customs and cultures. If you enjoy fishing, you can go to Rimbi. Rani Dunga is a popular trekking route. It is also of religious importance. Places to visit in and around Pelling include the local monasteries, rock garden, waterfall, holy rock of Rani Dhunga, the imposing double-pronged Kanchenjunga falls, the archaic quaint Singshore Bridge, the Changey Waterfalls, and the Khecheopalri lake. Pemayangtse Monastery located in Pemayangtse (2km from Pelling) is the Buddhist monastery that was founded by Lama Lhatsun Chempo. Built as a three storied structure, the monastery depicts paintings on its walls and statues of saints and Rinpoches, deified in various floors. Rimbi waterfall situated 5km from Darap en route to Khecheopalri is the oldest in west Sikkim being constructed in early 70s during the reign of the last Sikkimese king. Kanchenjunga falls is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Sikkim and is normally active throughout the year. Changey waterfall is 10km from Pelling. Sanga Choeling Monastery is situated on a ridge above Pelling and overlooking the famous Pemayangtse Monastery. It is considered to be one of the oldest monasteries in the State. Singshore Bridge is located around 5km away from Pelling. This is the highest bridge in Sikkim and the second highest bridge in Asia.
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