“Pelling” is a small municipality in the northeastern Indian state of Sikkim and at the foothill of Mount Khangchendzonga. The late 17th century Buddhists Sanga Choling Monastery has mountain view. Pemayangtse Monastery features wall sculptures, paintings and a gold plated statue of Guru Padsambhava. Overlooking a gorge, the 17th century Rabdentse Palace, now in ruins, still has proof of the king’s kitchen and bedroom.
Pelling is nestle at an height of 2,150 m. The town is situated at a distance of 10 km away from the region head office of Geyzing. A daily bus service connects the two towns. However, with the arrival of tourist, the area is undergo a change with the transportation being repaired and hotels being set up.
Best tourism places to visit in Pelling
- Kanchenjunga Falls
- Pemayangste Gompa
- Khecheopalri Lake
- Singshore Bridge
- Rabdentse Ruins
- Sangacholing Monastery
- Rimbi Waterfalls
- Sangay Falls
- Sewaro Rock Garden
- Darap Village
- Kanchenjunga National Park
- Kaluk – In nature’s lap
- Pemayangtse Monastery
- Tashiding Monastery
- Changey Waterfall
Half an hour from the good-looking hill station of Pelling in Sikkim, “Kanchenjunga falls” is a perennial waterfall that is one of the major tourists attraction in the region. It is supposed that the perfect waterfall originate high up in the glaciers of Mount Kanchenjunga. Being concealed due to thick forest cover and the Kanchenjunga falls were not known to people, remain untouched till the 90s. It only came into the attention, when a local tour operator by chance discovered it.
The Pemayangtse Monastery is a “Buddhist monastery” in Pemayangtse, close to Pelling in the northeastern Indian state of Sikkim, situated 140 kilometres aray from west of Gangtok. Designed, planned and founded by ‘Lama Lhatsun Chempo in 1705′. It is one of the oldest and premier monasteries of Sikkim, also the most popular in west Sikkim. Originally build by ‘Lhatsun Chenpo in the 17th century’, as a small Lhakhang.
Khecheopalri Lake is originally called Kha-Chot-Palri, is a situated close to Khecheopalri village, 147 kilometres (91 mi) west of Gangtok in the West Sikkim district of the Northeastern Indian state of Sikkim. The lake is sacred for both Hindus and Buddhists, is believed to be a wish fulfilling lake. The nick name for the lake is “Sho Dzo Sho” which means Oh Lady, Sit Here. The famous known name of the lake, considering its place is Khecheopalri Lake, ensconced in the middle of the Khechoedpaldri hill which is considered a sacred hill.
Rabdentse is the 16th previous capital of Sikkim and at this time lie in ruins. It was shattered after the Nepalese attack in the 18th century. Situated near to the “Pemayangtse Monastery”, the ruins offers excellent views of the Kanchenjunga Range.
Best time to visit Pelling
The best time to visit the Pelling is during the winter and summer seasons. The summer seasons spanning from March to May which is very favourable and pleasant for sightseeing in Pelling. The winter season is chilly with temperature dipping to as low as -5 degrees Celsius, but Pelling is completely beautiful during this time as well, a good number of tourists flock to the town during winters too. Winters in Pelling starts in December and go on until February.
How to reach Pelling
By Air :“Bagdogra Airport” is the closest airport from Pelling, situated approximately 160 km away. It is connected to Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata. One can hire take a shared cab from Siliguri to reach Pelling.
By Train : New Jalpaiguri Station, at a distance of 152 km away. It is connected to Kolkata, Delhi, and Mumbai. Taxis are easily accessible outside the station.
By Road : The roads in Pelling are in a nice state, thus taking a bus or a private vehicle is a good idea. On the other hand, owing to high altitude it’s better visited in similar vehicle.