Pelling Tourism
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Pelling Tourism

Pelling Info

  • State: Sikkim
  • Famous for/as: Hill
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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Debayan Bhowmik

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"Serene beauty in the midst of lush green valleys"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Pelling can be visited anytime of the year except the winter time when the temperature falls drastically. Even it is better than Gangtok. The kanchenjungha falls and Khecheopalri Lake are must visits from here.

Local markets have some pretty good food joints and most famous delicacies include typho, thukpa, steamed momo, fried momo, etc. Shops are aplenty but the prices are on the higher side.

If you can just take a stroll from upper to lower pelling it would be lifelong memory. It has awesome scenic beauty which is the pride of the place.
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Pallab banerjee

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"Good view of Kanchenjunga"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
This place is a very good destination for mountain & nature lovers. Pelling provides a magnificent view of Mt. Kanchenjunga, world's third highest mountain. Pelling can be visited in any season except the rainy season (June - August). Though we visited in mid June, we were lucky to get a clear weather and full view of Mt. Kanchenjunga. In winter it is very chill. There are many places to visit - Rimbi falls, Kanchenjunga falls, Pemayangtse monastery, Tashiding monastery, Rabdentse ruins, Singshore bridge, Khecheopalri lake, etc. One can visit to Yuksom and Varsey also. Famous Dzongri - Goechala trek starts from Yuksom. It is also the starting point of Kanchenjunga expedition from Indian side.
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Srinivas Sumukh

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"A little town with fantastic view of snow cladded mountains"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
There are numbers of location we visited. The falls was very nice. We really enjoyed it. We took lots of photographs. The River view and mountain view are very nice and beautiful. On the way of sightseeing, we stopped for few minutes on the bank of river and it was really a good experience. The Hanging bridge is very nice and it is on the very height. We can see the depth from the bridge.

You can see Kanchenjunga from many places in North of West Bengal and Sikkim. But the view what you get in Pelling is the best one. It looks like Kanchenjunga is just out of your window. You must visit Pelling if you want to see Kanchenjunga, world's 3rd highest peak from next door. Pelling is little town with fantastic view of snow cladded mountains, small shops and restaurants.
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Anila Surin

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"A place of tranquility and beauty"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
As place has a natural beauty that we were unaware of. As we reached Pelling we were welcomed with showers and the town was all full of clouds. We got comfortable in the hotel located near the new helipad which is a place from where you get the entire view of Pelling. As we wanted to go out for a stroll and it was getting dark, we were four girls so we wanted to be sure about our safety for which we were told that its very safe and nobody will comment or be abusive. Yes we realised it was a very safe place.

Next day was sightseeing which we enjoyed to the fullest, the waterfalls, Dentam valley, Darap valley, Yuksom. What a beauty of nature. Almighty has created a wonder here. The people being equally humble and helpful here. The whole experience here was larger than life. Various monasteries, the ruins of the palace are the one made by man. But the natural beauty the flowers and valley. Yes its a place of beauty, of lilies of orchids and waterfalls. One can enjoy not just the sightseeing destinations but i would say one can have the joy in the journey itself.

Its a real hill station with less crowd, no such busy markets and the music of nature.
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Rakesh

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"Nice destination"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
There are numbers of location we visited. The falls was very nice. We really enjoy that. We took lots of photographs. The River view and mountain view are very nice and beautiful. On the way of sightseeing, we stopped for few minutes on the bank of river and it was really a good experience. The Hanging bridge is very nice and it is on the very height. We can see the depth from the bridge.
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"Nice view of Mount Kanchenjunga"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted May 18, 2015
Pelling is such a place from where you see Mt. Kanchenjunga very closely and from any part of the town. This town is divided into three parts - upper, middle, lower. It is a nice and clean, small hilly town. There are several sightseeing one can visit from Pelling. All those are excellent along with the great Kanchenjunga.
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"A lovely sight of Kangchenjunga"

  • 7/7
  • Posted May 9, 2015
When we reached Pelling, it was evening and there were brief showers. We checked into our hotel and rested. The morning, however, was a pleasant surprise. Just step outside into balcony and you get the enchanting view of Kangchenjunga.

It was a high feeling - Full paisa vasool.
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"A lovely destination"

  • 7/7
  • Posted May 6, 2015
Dec 17 2014 : From Bandel station we started our journey by Howrah Ghy special, departure from Kolkata station at 9:55 pm and it arrived Bandel Station at 10:52 PM.

In the morning near about 8:30 am we reached New Jalpaiguri Station. After taking breakfast we hired 2 big car. After long journey when the sun was set going on. The hill filled with twinkling star. We reached Pelling, Cold black evening welcomed us.

With 15 members we went to Pelling in December 2014. Really a nice trip. We enjoyed very much. 5 children in our group and they just loved this place. Sightseeing also touched our heart. Hotel, destination, food all are ok. We booked holiday home from UCO bank staff recreation club at Simvo. 3 star hotel, neat & clean with food, services and views all really good. I saw the Kanchanjangha from my bed, that was really touchy. 3 bedded room and 24 hours hot water facility. Wall to wall carpet and TV set with cable connection. Bed was comfortable and all staff were good. Meals good but expensive, it is natural for hill.

18th dec we enjoy the walk here and there. From sunrise to sun set

19th dec we hired 2 car and went for sightseeing. We visited Rimbi Waterfalls, Kanchanjangha falls, Khechuberi lake, Singshore Bridge, Darap Subba Village, Pemayangtse Monastery.

20th Dec we were boarding to Ravangla at 10 am. That day was saturday & we wanted to go to Ravangla Sunday because of HAT. Ravangla Hat (Weekly Hat, Only for Sunday). Near about 11:45 am we reached there & stayed at UCO bank staff recreation club holiday home. We stayed there for 3 days. Visit local sight scene like Tathagato Tsel (Buddha Park), Chardham, Sai baba Temple, Samdruptse, Temi Tea Garden.

25th December we were going to Siliguri Station for back to Kolkata.

26th Morning we finished our trip.
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"Kanchenjunga at the Best!"

  • 7/7
  • Posted May 2, 2015
You can see Kanchenjunga from many places in North of West Bengal and Sikkim. But the view what you get in Pelling is the best one. It looks like Kanchenjunga is just out of your window. You must visit Pelling if you want to see Kanchenjunga, worlds 3rd highest peak from next door. Pelling is little town with fantastic view of snow cladded mountains. Small shops and restaurants.
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"Excellent and close view of the beauty of the nature"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Apr 28, 2015
If anyone wants to see Kanchenjunga closely from the window of his room, I think it's the right place. Very excellent and close view can be seen from here. I visited Pelling on and from 14th to 16th April, 2015. The picturesque view of Mt. Kanchenjunga, Kabru etc were seen clearly from the very beginning of the day from our view rooms at hotel Simvo.

Nature lovers should not miss this place. I visited west Sikkim from 12th to 16th April 2015 including the wonderful destinations like Rinchenpong, Pelling and Ravangla. The first day was sorrowful to us for it was raining all the day and sky was cloudy. But from the second day, nature began to show her beauty by the grace of God.

Local sightseeing from Pelling like Kanchenjunga falls, Rimbi falls, Changey falls, Singshore bridge, Dentam valley, Khecheopalri lake etc can not be missed.
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