Pelling Tourism
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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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Pelling Traveller Reviews

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Sameer pendse

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  • Sameer pendse
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"Heaven in India" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Yesterday
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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Deva priya Dhar

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  • Deva priya Dhar
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Wonderful place on earth" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Viewing Mt.Kanchenjunga from Pelling hotel is just wonderous, if the skies are clear. Best time to visit is March - April, just before rainy season. But it will be cold then. So carry a lot of warm clothes. On the way from Siliguri to Pelling, have a look a scenic view of Teesta river. You all will love it.
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Tilak mandal

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"Calm & quite place to live in nature with nature"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Pelling is little away from from Gayzing, almost 9 km. Normal daily life facilities are not enough but who want to stay in calm and quiet for few days with hilly birds and various beautiful flowers of nature, can spend a weekend in Pelling. Where the clouds meet the mountains, water cascading from fountain, where 'KHECHEOPALRI' is floating on the lap of the hill, 'KANCHENJUNGA' is smiling behind the LORD BUDDHA, that's the Pelling, beautiful Pelling. But it's a luck to view KANCHENJUNGHA because of the clouds though it's the nearest spot to touch KANCHENJUNGHA by heart. One important thing that any medical store is not available still now in Pelling. And marketing or shopping isn't also popular because there are few options to do that.
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Anindya Mukherjee

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  • Anindya Mukherjee
  • Lives in Haldia
  • 3 Reviews
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"A great place for the views of the mountains"

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Pelling is great for its unhindered view of the Kanchenjunga up close if the skies are clear. Best time to visit is October-December but it will be cold then, so carry a lot of warm clothes. Local sightseeing includes the falls of Kanchenjunga, Rimbi and Phamrong and a visit to the holy lake of Khechiperi. Local food is momos and noodles, the market is nothing to write about. You can visit the local destinations of Pemayangtse Monastery and Rabdentse ruins by foot. It will be a long walk but very interesting. The Rabdentse ruins are very beautiful ruins of the capital of Sikkim. You will like the place.
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Sudip Ghosh

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  • Sudip Ghosh
  • Lives in Kolkata
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  •  3 helpful votes
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"Pelling, awesome destination!"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Pelling is a small town in sikkim. We visit for two day from Gantalk via namchi char dham and temi tea garden. Pelling is best place to see Kanchanghanga. You can also visit one of the oldest bridge at Pelling. Best time to visit Pelling during Pelling Festival in December.
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Anukish Garg

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  • Anukish Garg
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"Average destination to go!"

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
We travelled all the way from Gangtok to Pelling as we heard a lot about this place. But roads are pathetic or I should say there are no roads at all. It's so painful on those bumping potholed roads. And then there were areas where there is hardly anything visible on road even 10m ahead due to fog. You have to just pray that you could reach safely. Once you reach Pelling after all these troubles, you want it to be worth it. But there is hardly anything to see in Pelling to justify the effort to reach there. Small place with hardly any good place to even eat. It is supposed to be famous for Kanchenjunga view but I had better experience at tiger hill in Darjeeling.
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Somen sarkar

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  • Somen sarkar
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"Visit for relaxed view of the majestic Kanchenjung"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 27, 2016
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
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"Cold and romantic place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 26, 2016
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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"Pelling, where Kanchenjunga is ready to welcome you"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 21, 2016
Pelling is a small village located in Sikkim with full of scenic beauty in the lap of the Himalaya, at an altitude of 2, 150 mt. It is famous for breathtaking view of Kanchenjunga and chilling but pleasant weather in the month of December. However, you want to pause your urban life for a few days and get rid from your boring hustle and bustle routine then Pelling will be the perfect choice. I'm sure, Pelling will not disappoint you. It offers a marvellous sunrise and its reflection of maiden sun on the beautiful snow clad Kanchenjunga and other surrounding mountain ranges. I visited there in December and stayed for two days. We rented a car from Siliguri to visit Pelling. When we arrived there we got a little cloudy weather but in the next morning the weather became clear and shiny. We woke up early in the morning and waited for sunrise. Finally the sun peeped at East with changing the shades from orange, to yellow and finally to snowy white of the lofty mountains just in-front of us. Overall the whole experience was so good and memorable also.
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Kumar ankit

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"Must visit place - Pelling"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Jan 4, 2016
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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