Pelling Tourism
Hill

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.

More »

Most preferred by...

Travellers from Kolkata, Ahmedabad
Family
Couple

Best time to visit Pelling in the next six months

  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July

Pelling Traveller Reviews

WRITE A REVIEW
Read 84 destination reviews
with average rating of 5.7/7, 1
out of 1223 Pelling reviews 84
Sort by:
Satish Sharma
  • Satish Sharma
  • Lives in Ghaziabad
  • 6 photos
  • 7 Reviews

"Picturesque place"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
We the group of six people staying in the hotel Aryan Regency, into the warmth of the accommodation from the chilly weather outside. Warmth of the reception, love and affection of the staff was good. We visited the places like the Monastery, Lake and the Pagoda near the lake. The beauty and the serenity of the picturesque scenario can only be felt when you are actually there.
More »
  • Was this review useful?
  • YES
  • Be the first to vote.

Pankaj
  • Pankaj
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 3 Reviews

"Pelling is a very peaceful place"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Nice and Serene. Pelling is very peaceful destination and provided a good ambiance for nature loving people like us. Sightseeing points are quite close by and can be covered easily in a day by taxi. At waterfall points we enjoyed hot momos and other local food items. Its advisable to carry a umbrella , if you are visiting this place in June as it can rain any time. Pelling is very peaceful during night time.
More »
  • Was this review useful?
  • YES
  • Be the first to vote.

Indranil .
  • Indranil .
  • 4 Reviews

"An attractive and relaxing place"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Aug 3, 2014
Pelling is a calm and serene place with a very small population. A place you can visit all seasons except during monsoon. The best place to relax of Kanchenjunga. You can also go sightseeing specially to Kaluk and Rinchenpong. However, your must visit Pemayangtse Monastery, Singshore Bridge, Rabdentse Ruins and Khici Pokhari Lake. It also has a helipad. Shops and restaurants are a few. Network coverage is for almost all operators. It has an ATM of SBI which was non-functional during our visit. So carry cash along with you.
More »
  • Was this review useful?
  • YES
  • 2 votes

Amar
  • Amar
  • 3 Reviews

"Brilliant unexplored place"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Nov 15, 2013
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 as every hotel has more or less the same view of the mountains.
More »
  • Was this review useful?
  • YES
  • 6 votes

Arun kumar Shah
  • Arun kumar Shah
  • Heritage seeker
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 3 Reviews

"View of Kanchenjunga"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Oct 24, 2013
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 happened for me in (Middle Pelling)
More »
  • Was this review useful?
  • YES
  • 4 votes

Prasun kumar Moulick
  • Prasun kumar Moulick
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 4 photos
  • 7 Reviews

"Very secure & beautiful destination"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Oct 24, 2013
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 good but the availability is an issue. You should be loaded with Memory cards for your camera.
More »
  • Was this review useful?
  • YES
  • 2 votes

Biswanath Chattopadh
  • Biswanath Chattopadh
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 1 photo
  • 9 Reviews

"Marvelous trip."

  • 6/7
  • Posted Oct 21, 2013
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 trip was marvelous. It was raining for first two days but then we found a clear sky and had seen Kanchenjunga.
More »
  • Was this review useful?
  • YES
  • 2 votes

Kenil usdiay
  • Kenil usdiay
  • 8 Reviews

"Wonderfull place to visit!"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Oct 16, 2013
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 you all along the journey, cool climate and good food. The best part is life starts early in Pelling at 6:00 AM and to top it all the people seem to be so healthy staying close to nature. Once the night sets in, it makes the place even more beautiful.
More »
  • Was this review useful?
  • YES
  • 3 votes

S datta
  • S datta
  • 4 Reviews

"Great experience and very peaceful"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Oct 10, 2013
Please visit not only Pelling but make sure you definitely visit Lachen and Lachung and no there is no need to carry any warm clothing, except for the babies.
If possible visit in the month of April or May and please make sure you plan your journey and have contingency plans as roads are often closed due to land slides.
More »
  • Was this review useful?
  • YES
  • 4 votes

Parmeshwar  Kadhare
  • Parmeshwar Kadhare
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 8 photos
  • 16 Reviews

"One of the Best Holiday Destination!"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Sep 23, 2013
Pelling is outstanding. It has everything to provide for your holiday taste. Picturesque beauty and serene environment. Breathtaking view of the Khangchendzonga and near by Himalayan range. Nature walks and small treks, Oldest and famous monasteries, Historical ruins, Bird watching. Nearby waterfalls, lakes, streams, rock garden. Water sport on river Rangit Here one has to stay for minimum two three days. Stay and food quality are very good.
More »
  • Was this review useful?
  • YES
  • 2 votes

Eusebio Ranajit Vikram Viki Eusebio , Ranajit , Vikram and 1912 other people have been to Pelling.
View their ratings...

Pelling Sightseeing

View all 29 Sightseeing options in Pelling »

Best time to visit Pelling with family

  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec

Pelling Packages

Norbhu Ghang Resort 2700 Per Person 2 days & 1 night VIEW DETAILS
Pacchu Village Resort 1800 Per Person 2 days & 1 night VIEW DETAILS
Tashi Ghang Resort 1700 Per Person 2 days & 1 night VIEW DETAILS
Hotel Newa Regency 1600 Per Person 2 days & 1 night VIEW DETAILS


Pelling Information


- Posted by
1 of