Pelling Tourism

Pelling Tourism

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Pelling quiet and very little know hill spot in Sikkim. Because of it's not so popular and widely reknowned status it is at advantage of being very quiet and nature friendly hillspot which is hence a ideal place for honeymooners.Located at an altitude higher than Gangtok and because of it's proximity to the magnificient sun bathed Kanchanjunga mountains Pelling is in itself a very good tourist attrcation. If one has to get a finger touch glimpse of Kanchanjunga then go to Pelling.
But the greatest pleasure is population in Pelling. Hardly you get to see 5 persons in 5 km stretch inside the hillstation. The streets wore such a quiet and sleepy clothing

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: sitting atop such a high altitude where you get to see the kanchanjunga mountains from your hotel window , Pelling has amnay good sightseeing .
There is a rock park, two waterfalls where you can see some good amount of people, a monastry, a wishing lake . you can complete the full Pelling sightseeing in one day and leisure the next day around your hotel . All aroung you wil get magnificient views of mountains and waterfalls.
You can spend the 2nd day shopping at some of the shops the traditional sikkim handicrafts. You wil get beautiful coloured and threaden skarfs at cheap prices.

Activities & things to do: You can also do some trekking and mountain climbing activities though with help from local trainers

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: The nearest airport is Bagdogra near siliguri
and the nearest rail head is New JalpaiGuri 6 kms from Siliguri .
From Siliguri you can hire a car or qualis or sumo and reach Pelling in 5 hrs. The road from Siliguri to Pelling is very steepy and narrow.Hence it is advisable to go by car/ qualis rather than by bus.
Also bus services is not so frequent... once a day
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Pelling Traveller Reviews

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  • Amar
  • 3 Reviews

"Brilliant unexplored place"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 5 months ago
Nice peaceful. You can hear clear sounds of the insects at night. You can wake up with a beautiful view of the Kanchenjunga and just stare at the snow filled mountains and relax. Day starts early and ends early. Don't look for options to stay....... More
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Arun kumar Shah
  • Arun kumar Shah
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 3 Reviews

"View of Kanchenjunga"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 6 months ago
Pelling is a small village in Sikkim, view of Kanchenjunga hills was very nice from this place. Relaxed vacation is a good place to spend time. However make sure you are not being Cheated by the Hotel, they charged more with less service It....... More
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Prasun kumar Moulick
  • Prasun kumar Moulick
  • Lives in Kolkata
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  • 4 Reviews

"Very secure & beautiful destination"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 6 months ago
Pelling describes calmness & security in the best possible way. Pelling is one of the place in Sikkim for for travelers. Try to enjoy the beauty of Kanchenjunga. You should visit Rimbi & Kanchenjunga Falls & Kechpari Lake. Local food is very....... More
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Biswanath Chattopadh
  • Biswanath Chattopadh
  • Lives in Kolkata
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  • 9 Reviews

"Marvelous trip."

  • 6/7
  • Posted 6 months ago
Pelling is a fantastic one, from where the entire range of Kanchenjunga is clearly visible. The natural beauty is excellent. One hanging bridge and khechipuri lake is also very good. Except the terrible hotel (Stayed in Dafhla Gang) the entire....... More
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Kenil usdiay
  • Kenil usdiay
  • 8 Reviews

"Wonderfull place to visit!"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 6 months ago
A great place to visit. If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life this is the ideal place. Clean and serene it offers an exquisite list of sight seeing places to choose from. Loads of streams, water falls to accompany....... More
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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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