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Pelling

Pelling, a scenic, tranquil but rapidly swelling hamlet in Sikkim is situated at 6800 ft above sea level at a distance of 130 kms west from Gangtok, the capital. Pelling has become a famous tourist destination in Sikkim for the magnificent view of snow-capped mountains of Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world. Pelling also offers some of the best views of other mountain peaks like Koktang, Kumbhakarna, Rathong, Kabru, Dom, Pandim, Zopuno, Shimbho, Narsing, and Sinialchu all over 22,000 ft.

Situated on top of a ridge overlooking the valleys and mountains, Pelling is an ideal getaway for tourists. Numerous waterfalls, old monasteries, soft trek routes, villages, smiling local people and soothing atmosphere combine together to make it a popular tourist destination in West Sikkim.

Getting There

Pelling can be reached from Gangtok via Ravangla (120 kms) and from Siliguri (130 kms) via Jorethang.
Nearest Railhead: NJP Station 6 kms from Siliguri, which connects all important state capitals of India by regular direct trains.
Nearest Airport: Bagdogra 18 kms from Siliguri. The important Airport in Northeast India having daily Jet Airways and Indian Airline flights that connects New Delhi and Kolkata.

Weather

Pelling can be visited almost throughout the year. The winter temperature in January may occasionally be colder than comfortable for many tourists. Rest of the year temperature is cold but enjoyable. Monsoon months witness heavy to very heavy shower which often leads to landslide and road blockage. Although road condition has improved substantially over the years and there are many alternative roads to reach here, please confirm with our guest executive the latest road condition if you are travelling during the rainy season.

Summer temperature may vary between 15 to 25 Centigrade and Winter temperature varies between 5 to 20 Centigrade.

Sightseeing around Pelling is mostly organised as half day and full day tour. Please get in touch with our guest service executive for detailed information on which places you may visit during your tour. Following are some of the most prominent sightseeing destinations around Pelling

Pemayangtse Monastery

Built first in the 16th Century, this is one of the oldest and the most revered monasteries in Sikkim. The monastery is located within walking distance from Pelling town (About 30 minutes on foot) and is a must visit for tourists.

Sangachoeling Monastery

This is another monastery located on the opposite side of Pemayangtse Monastery. The monastery is located on top of the hill and can only be reached on foot. Although the distance is just about a couple of kilometres from the main town, the last kilometre or so is a little difficult for the uninitiated. Once reached, the views of Pelling town and surrounding mountains will reward you sufficiently. The small 17th century Monastery provides an excellent backdrop for the nature lover looking for perfectly peaceful environment.

Khechepalri Lake

The lake is considered sacred by the locals and is a popular sightseeing destination for tourists. The shape of the lake is reminiscent of a Lord Buddhas feet and tourists may enjoy feeding hundreds of fishes in the lake.

Rabdentse Ruins

About 3 kms walk from the main town will take you to Rabdantse Ruins and Bird Park. You have to walk close to a kilometre from the road to reach the ruins of the original capital of Sikkim. The entire road to the fort is forested and you can hear chirping of hundreds of birds all around. Even if you are not inclined towards knowledge of history, the site with its great views and peaceful surrounding is sure to make your day.

Around Pelling

Most tourists combine a tour of Pelling with that of Darjeeling (120 kms), Gangtok (120 kms) and North Sikkim. However there is a lot to explore in West and South Sikkim itself.

Yuksom – 40 kms (2 hours) from Pelling, this small village is the starting point for treks to Dzongri, Goechala and Kanchenjunga base camp. One of the best treks in India.

Rinchenpong Kaluk Hee – Barmiok – These are small villages located on a ridge behind Pelling. The area has come into prominence as a peaceful village tourism and homestay destination. The area can be reached in 1.5 hours at a distance of about 35 kms.

Ravangla – is another small town in South Sikkim that attracts tourists for its great natural views set amongst a natural environment. The Ravangla town is about 50 kms (2 hours) from Pelling.

Tashiding – About 50 kms from Pelling, this small village is famous for a old monastery set on a hilltop that can be seen from far and wide.

Namchi – The district headquarter of South Sikkim is an important marketplace which has come into tourism prominence lately. It is situated at a distance of about 75 kms from Pelling and takes about 3 hours to reach.

Map of Pelling

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