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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Somen sarkar

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  • Somen sarkar
  • 1 Review
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"Visit for relaxed view of the majestic Kanchenjung" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
If visiting places of Historical interest or seeing 4-5 sights in a day is your option, this is not the best location to be. Though Pelling offers visitors access to unique locations like Waterfalls, Ruins, Mountain parks and Old monasteries, my experience from the trip was the Quietness and Peace around the place. Sit around small 'home restaurants' with Coffee and Maggie and view the Majestic mountains without telescopes or long zoom cameras. Ideal to spend 2-3 days with close family and friends.
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Riya roy

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  • Riya roy
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 9 Reviews
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"Cold and romantic place" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Awesome place, there is very cold, but a small place which is very romantic. It is just a tourist place, the sightseeing are Darap Valley, Kanchenjunga Water Falls, Buddha Monastery, there also we see the Kanchenjunga peak which is cloudy in 5-6 days. And wishing lake which full of fish very exciting. Helipad is the heights point where we see the place very nice at night which is awesome looking.
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Kumar ankit

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"Must visit place - Pelling"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Awesome view of snow-capped peaks of Kanchenjunga. It offers a great view of Himalayan ranges. Must visit places are Kanchenjunga Falls, Singshore bridge, Changey Waterfalls and Khecheopalri lake. You can get usual foods delights such as Thukpa and steaming momos. There are many hotel options available in all budgets. Avoid making plan to visit Pelling in rainy season i.e. From mid June to August.
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Sunil padegaonkar

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"A must visit place-Pelling"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Visited Pelling on 16 December-2015 for two days. The arrangements were made by Golden vacations tour and travels and we were booked at Hotel Summit Newa Regency. A small place strongly recommended for a must visit. The drive to Wish Lake was fantastic and very refreshing. The view of the lake, positive energy around the place and peace loving local population is very appealing and I intend to visit the place again in February -March 2016 and plan a home stay with a local family to better appreciate the culture and their religion.
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Soumik Ghosh

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"Peace of nature-Pelling"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Pelling is a small and peaceful city. Coverd with mountains in all side. Heven for travellers. Many place for trekking and hiking. Few tourist destinations are still there like Kanchanga fall, rock garden, Kuchipudi lake and some other seasonal falls with water only in winter.

In morning near about 6-7 am weather remains clear and huge peaks mount Kanchanga are seen very close in a hand grip distance. And it is a must seen thing. Pelling is nearest town to Kanchanga and it can be seen at really close give a marvellous view.
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V gangadhar rao

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"Good place to hill-station to visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
As Pelling is in hill station with water falls like Kanchenjunga water falls as we have taken the hotel is near to the helipad and good climatic conditions with rain fall and fog. the site seeing places some what less in that area to see.Advising the tourist to take good hotels with good view for our enjoyment.
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Kallol Pramanik

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"Lap of Kanchenjunga- awesome visit"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Pelling is the perfect leisure pleasure :-) spot in the lap of Mt. Kanchenjunga. It is in west Sikkim. A modern village. At about 6800ft well connected to njp, siliguri, namchi, jorthang, Gangtok, Darjeeling. Near by city geysling or geyzing. Best time to visit in April to June and September to November. Only 1 can come in winter who loves chilling cold. As I was in late November the weather was chilling type in the night... How to reach: Jeep available from njp. Siliguri. A bus departs from SNT stand at siliguri at 10:30am sharp(no advance ticket). Or from Darjeeling or Gangtok or jorthang by Jeep. Hotels are highly available. But in d peak season (may June & September, October) one must book early. Pelling is divided in 3 parts as upper middle & lower. And any 1 can cover the distance by walk in less than 10 mins. So don't get confused. And best view hotels r in upper & middle Pelling. Few hotels were in helipad. But have to walk a bit trekking road to reach but the views were enough to overcome. Vegetables were generally advised in the hills. And there are very interesting places like Khechipori lake, kanchenjunga falls, yuksum(1st capital), rabdanse ruins(ancient capital), Pemangtse monetary (oldest monetary) Singshore bridge (proposed bungee jumping spot) many more can get d info from Sikkim tourism website and there are few gift shop. Advised not to buy any souvenir as the rates are quite high. And visitors were advised to take few step out from the hotel to the helipad in the early morning to witness the breathtaking view of Kanchenjunga.
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Kuldeep Banerjee

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"Nice, fantastic place for a memorable trip"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Pelling is a fantastic location in Sikkim. Best place for a leisure trip. From the helipad one can get a fantastic panoramic view of the Siniolchu range including Kangchenjunga. Snow capped absolutely awesome view. A couple of days is fine including local sightseeing.
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"It was just Wow!"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Pelling is a fantastic location in Sikkim. Best place for a leisure trip from the helipad one can get a fantastic panoramic view of the sinuolchu range including kanchendzonga. Snow capped absolutely awesome view. A couple of days is fine including local sightseeing.
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"Beautiful city!"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Oct 27, 2015
Pelling is a lovely hill station with some spectacular views of the Himalayas, enchanting waterfalls and wholesome valleys. Only problem is the condition of the roads as it is a 6 hour drive from NJP and proper roads are not there. As a destination, definitely worth visiting.
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