Pelling Tourism

Pelling Tourism

Pelling Info

  • State: Sikkim
  • Famous for/as: Hill
  • District: West Sikkim
Pelling is a picturesque town located in the district of West Sikkim. The town is at a distance of about 10 km from the district headquarters of Geyzing.

History of Pelling

Pelling has had an interesting history. It is said that it was the first capital of Sikkim. It is also believed that the Chogyal dynasty lived and ruled here. It is famous for its view of the snow-capped peaks of the Kanchenjunga. Situated at an altitude of 6,800 ft, it offers a great view of the complete mountain ranges like the Koktang, Kumbhakarna, Dom, Kanchenjunga and others. The great Himalayan ranges and the Kanchenjunga can be sighted at close quarters from Pelling. Pelling also serves as the base camp for treks in West Sikkim.

People & Culture of Sikkim

Pelling and its surrounding areas are home to many tribes and communities such as Bhutias, Lepchas, Tamangs, Limboos and Marwaris among others. These people have contributed to the diversity of Pelling; its food and its culture. They are involved in cattle farming, agriculture to being businessman and owning small shops in the main markets of Sikkim. The town also has a spiritual feel to it as it is home to many Buddhist monasteries. Most of the local inhabitants of Pelling are Buddhists and speak the local Sikkimese language. The other languages spoken here are Nepali, Hindi, and English.

Things to do in Pelling

Places to visit in and around Pelling include the local monastery, the rock garden and waterfall near Rimbi, the double-pronged Kanchenjunga Falls, Singshore Bridge, Changey Waterfalls and Khecheopalri / Khechuperi Lake, which is considered sacred by Buddhists.

The Pemayangtse Monastery is one of the oldest and most important monasteries in Sikkim. Pemayangtse literally translates to 'Perfect Sublime Lotus'. On the third floor of the monastery, there is a seven-tiered painted wooden model of the abode of Guru Rimpoche. In January or February every year, a religious dance called 'Cham' is performed in Pemayangtse. Another attraction of Pelling is Sangachoeling Monastery, which is located on the top of the mountain behind the town. Khecheopalri Lake is considered as one of the sacred lakes of Sikkim. The lake is actually hidden in the forest. There is a belief that birds prevent leaves from floating on the lake surface.

Another place to visit in Pelling is the Rabdengtse Ruins that are hidden from the main road and are at a walking distance from Pelling and the Pemayangtse Monastery. Also, the Sangay Waterfalls are about 10 km from Pelling. However, with the invasion of tourists, the area is going through a transformation, with the roads being refurbished and new hotels coming up.

Food & Shopping in Pelling

Pelling offers the usual food delights such as thukpa and steaming momos. The town has a few restaurants and street stalls that serve these delicacies. As for shopping, Pelling has a few options. Tourists can buy handicrafts made by the local tribes such as tribal jewellery, woolen garments and bamboo products. Travellers can also try the locally made drink called tongba which is made from whole grain millet.

Travelling to Pelling

Due to its beneficial location, many hotels and lodges are situated in and around Pelling offering a range of accommodation options. Tourists can reach Pelling from Gangtok, which is 115 km away. Pelling is 135 km from Siliguri, the nearest rail connection. The nearest airport is Bagdogra airport near Darjeeling. Pelling has a designated helipad area though there is no actual or regular air service. Helicopters connect Pelling with Gangtok on request. Shared jeeps are available regularly from Gyalshing. There are also frequent services to Gangtok via Ravangla and one jeep daily to Siliguri. Buses are also available from Siliguri via Jorethang.
Travelling within Pelling

Travelling within Pelling

The best way to explore Pelling is on foot. Tourists can also hike or trek their way up to discover attractions like local monasteries. The government tourism office in Pelling also organises guides for nature walks across Pelling.

Accommodation options in Pelling

Hotel options in Pelling are aplenty. Upper Pelling has a number of budget hotels while other areas have a few luxury accommodation options. Resorts located near popular monasteries like Pemayangste and Dubdi can be contacted directly or by signing up for holiday packages in Pelling.

Pelling can be visited throughout the year apart from the rainy season, i.e. from mid June to August. An umbrella is anytime handy though. The monsoon season which starts from June experiences heavy rainfall. Summers, from March to May, are pleasant with the maximum temperature remaining well within 30⁰ Celsius. However, temperatures fall at night making it essential to carry a light jacket or sweater. Winters can see the temperatures drop to as low as -5⁰ Celsius with the maximum daytime temperature not going beyond 10⁰ Celsius.

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Shrabani Das gupta

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  • Shrabani Das gupta
  • Lives in Calcutta
  • 2 Reviews
  •  27 readers

"Beautiful Pelling" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
So romantic place I had ever experienced before. The place we felt we were in the lap of mother nature. We experienced Kanchenjunga so near at eye level. I was so spell bound seeing the beauty of the Kanchenjunga from the room. I suggest every one please go spelling once in lifetime.
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Samapan bandyopadhyay

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  • Samapan bandyopadhyay
  • Lives in Kolkata
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  • 6 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
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"Pelling - very close to Kanchenjungha"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 1, 2017
Most recently from 27/12/16 to 29/12/16 we stayed at Pelling-at upper pelling-helipad-florets hotel and resorts. The tourists who are disheartened not seen Kanchenjunga from Darjeeling and Gangtok will be happy to know that the pick is best viewed from Pelling- West Sikkim. The other picks are also very clear from Pelling - West Sikkim. The other attractions are Khecheopalri Lake, Kanchenjunga falls, Orange Garden, etc.
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Pradyot Haldar

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  • Pradyot Haldar
  • 3 Reviews
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"Mesmerising view of kanchanjunga"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Nov 6, 2016
When I woke up with the first light threw the window and removed the curtain of the window near my head I was just mesmerised with the view of kachanjunga at the first light of the don. I came out on the balcony of the 2nd floor with my camera and stayed there for 30 mins until the sunlight exposed the veil of the peaks fully. I have never seen such a view in my previous visits to different places of himalayas even the kinnar. My visit will be memorable throughout my life.
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C.s. manish Dasgupta

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  • C.s. manish Dasgupta
  • Lives in Kolkata
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  • 99 Reviews
  •  149 helpful votes
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"Best views of Mount Kanchanjunga alongwith other 6 peaks"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 20, 2016
We were 5 family members who went on a trip to visit Pelling along with Gangtok, Namchi and other local sightseeing. We started from NJP and went to Pelling directly. Stayed at hotel hungree. Deluxe room was allotted to us and we will remain thakful to them for that. Our car took 7 hrs to reach Pelling. Road was not on good condition for around 60 km. Food was available but very limited options were available. You need to stay in Pelling for atleast 2 days to enjoy all sightseeing. See Kanchenjunga falls, rabantese ruins, amitabh bacchan falls, singshore bridge and others.
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Karun Kumar

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  • Karun Kumar
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 9 Reviews
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"If you love the mountains, Pelling is the place to be!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jul 28, 2016
Maginificent view of the Kanchenjunga!
That pretty much was what we went there for. The Kanchenjunga falls are another huge attraction. Do the waterfall crossing on a harness. Its really epic. Makes for some amazing photos. The road to Pelling is dangerous during the monsoons so be ready for some heart stopping moments. We saw landslides happening real time. And we had to get off the vehicle and clear the rocks that fell in the middle of the road. It was raining incessantly but it was heavenly. The green was so green!
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Phalgun gandhi

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  • Phalgun gandhi
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 2 Reviews
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"Scenic Beauty of India"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jun 22, 2016
Mind blowing view. Scenic beauty of famous Kanchanjunga from all the parts of Pelling. Pelling is surrounded by world famous mountain Himalaya one of the best spot I have ever seen within India. Although situated within Indian in Sikkim this place is still called as Virgin in the sense very few people knows about the place.. Worth visiting.
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Kausik Mandal

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  • 34 Reviews
  •  31 helpful votes
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"The Honeymoon Destination . ."

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jun 17, 2016
We have selected this place as our honeymoon destination, and rightly so. It took almost 5 hours to reach here from Siliguri by car. Road condition was okay. Nature was at its best. This place is said to be the highest motorable route to Kanchanjungha. Stayed four days here in a beautiful hotel - Greenland. Mountain view was splendid in 360 degree. Some local spots can be explored, among them Khechiperi lake is notable. Tourist who wants to relax in a calm mountain for a short period, this place is perfect.
P. S. - The snap taken from the hotel balcony.
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Shamit Banerjee

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  • Shamit Banerjee
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Must visit"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Jun 8, 2016
There is little sightseeing, for Pelling itself is very beautiful with its view of Kanchenjunga. We went to Pelling by bus from Siliguri bus stand at 10. 30 am and from Pelling 7 am. The bus starts from the end of middle Pelling near vegetable shop. The main two things are Kanchenjunga falls and monastery. A destination for those who like serene and calm beauty of nature.
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Sachin patharkar

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  • Sachin patharkar
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 7 Reviews
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"Must visit"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Jun 5, 2016
Travelers should visit this destination as it is less crowded than other cities we visited that is Gangtok and Darjeeling. Full of Natural beauty, hilarious roads and mountains. Kuchipudi lake shouldn't be missed for its spiritual Aura I felt. Such a peaceful and energizing. During the journey you should carry your own choice of food as throughout journey you will get only momos and maggi and chinese food. Road from Pelling to Darjeeling was not good. I heard you can avail helicopter ride from bagdogra airport with reasonable price of around 2000/- per person, if available you should take helicopter route to Gangtok and other destinations. Visit only to see Golden Tips of Kanchenjunga early morning 4.15 am.
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Sameer pendse

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  • Sameer pendse
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"Heaven in India"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted May 30, 2016
A well developed little place tucked in nature's Lap. This place is well-connected (by road). Though Journey time is more. But the road is very good barring few patches. Full marks to Sikkim PWD & Govt. We visited in last week of May & were lucky to get GRAND view of Kanchenjunga on 1 morning out of 3. So the best time would be Nov-Jan. But as the rains were already there we could enjoy cloud filled valleys & misty mornings. Lot of flowers & waterfalls.

A perfect place to nurse your burn out. There is everything to entertain around. You have places for trekking, mountaineering, paragliding or just sight seeing. A must for person who wants to see " Kanchenjunga range" in its real glory.
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