The picturesque town of Pelling is situated in the beautiful state of Sikkim. It is one of the biggest tourist destinations in Sikkim. Pelling is situated at the foothills of Kanchenjunga, at an altitude of 2150 metres. Brimming with natural beauty, home to the world's third highest mountain - Kanchenjunga, Sikkim makes it to the list of every travel enthusiast.
The town of Pelling is easily accessible and well connected with the rest of Sikkim. Rich in heritage and culture, with ancient monasteries, pristine environment, numerous treks and hikes, Pelling is a must-visit place in Sikkim. The place has plenty of hotels, resorts and restaurants that cater to the need of all kinds of travellers.
So, here's a list of places you shouldn't miss on your visit to Pelling.
The Pelling Helipad is around a kilometre from the Police Check Post, which is a central location in Pelling. The short walk to the helipad ground is a pleasant one. There is no regular service at the helipad ground. The place offers brilliant, panoramic views of the stunning Kanchenjunga and its surrounding mountain ranges that is frequented by many visitors for the same reason.
Perched on a high ridge at Pelling, the Sangachoeling Monastery is one of the oldest monasteries in Sikkim. It is located at a distance of about 7 km from the Police Check Post in Upper Pelling. Situated at a very scenic location, it is a must visit in Pelling. To reach the monastery, one has to hike for approximately 4 km. It is an easy and pleasant climb however.
Pemayangtse Monastery is located at a distance of 5 km from the Police Check Post in Upper Pelling. It is one of the oldest and famous monasteries in Sikkim. The unique feature of this monastery is that it has an intricately carved, wooden, 7-tiered 3D model displaying a heavenly space, which gives a great spiritual insight into the religion.
A road towards the right side of the Pemayangtse Monastery leads to the Rabdentse Ruins, in Geyzing. It is approximately 6 km from Pelling. Protected by the Archaeological Survey of India, the place is ruins of an ancient Rabdentse Palace, which stood there centuries ago. It is extremely well maintained and a very impressive place to visit.
Located at 8 km from Pelling, the picturesque Darap Village is a perfect place for a laid-back and relaxing holiday. Away from the touristy hustle-bustle, Darap is emerging as a spot for village tourism. It provides visitors with an opportunity to stay in humble homestays, understand and blend in the Sikkimese culture and tradition.
The beautiful Rimbi River meanders approximately 12 km from Pelling, further ahead from the Darap village. Strewn with boulders and pebbles, the scenic location is a favoured picnic spot. It houses a small hydroelectric power plant on it. Remnants of a tourist spot called the Rock Garden can be seen here, which was washed away by floods years ago.
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The Rimbi Waterfall is located above the Rimbi River, around 5 km from Darap Village. It is a beautiful but relatively small fall as compared to other waterfalls in Sikkim. Being a smaller fall, it is famous for being one of the safest waterfalls around the area for recreational activities.
How To Reach Pelling
Sikkim does not have an airport or a railway station, therefore the best way to reach Pelling is from the capital city of Gangtok, which 112 km away. From Gangtok, one can avail the regular jeep service, which is the most preferred mode of transport, given the narrow, mountainous roads. Private vehicles are also available from major towns like Gangtok, Namchi, Jorethang, etc.
Nearest Airport: Bagdogra, Siliguri (140 km)
Nearest Railhead: New Jalpaiguri, Siliguri (138 km)
Best Time To Visit
October through May is an ideal time to visit Pelling. Although winters are biting cold, Pelling is a popular choice of winter destination. And while summers are pleasant and the place hosts many tourists, monsoons are to be avoided by visitors.
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