Pelling Tourism

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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  • Ajesh
  • 2 Reviews

"Ajesh desai" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Today
Excellent place. Lot of sightseeing places. All types of food available. Excellent view of kanchenjunga. On the way to Pelling see the Buddha park. A place should be included into town sightseeing. Life history of Buddha in paintings! Atmosphere inpark excellent a divine experience Hotel was centrally located with excellent view of kanchenjunga.
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  • Sridhar
  • Lives in Bengalooru
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"Great getaway" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
This is a very nice and scenic place. One of the places of visit in the checklist of North East India.
A beautiful clean city which is almost the closest you can get to the mighty Kanchenjunga Himalayan peaks. The view of the mountains from this place is great. The place is quiet cold and chilly and better to go equipped with some warm cloths.
Within the city there is not much either to do or to see. While selecting a hotel make sure that you select north pealing since there are hotels in south and other areas, but those do not get you the view of the mountains. You can spend about a day or two at the max but not more.
The drive to the place from the nearest city is a good 6-8 hrs if not more and en-route do not miss out the Buddha park, Char dham, some temples and monasteries.
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Debasish Bhadra

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  • Debasish Bhadra
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  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Pristine Pelling" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
To reach Pelling you have to come at first to either Bagdogra airport or NJP railstation. We did the latter. From NJP we hired a Bollero for four days from 15. 10. 16 to 18. 16 @ 3200 per day. We crossed the Mahananda and then Teesta accompanied us up to Jorthung. At Mellibazar three hours from NJP, we had our lunch in a hotel with delicious deshi chicken curry and rice. After Jorthung the road is too bad, somewhere broken, somewhere muddy as well as full of potholes. But the widening and repairment work is on in full swing. The beautiful landscape beside the road is really breathtaking. We reached Pelling after a 7-hour tiresome journey and took shelter in Hotel Garuda. Of course, I got the information of the hotel from none other than HOLIDAY IQ, thanks to them. I think it is the most conveniently located hotel at Pelling. Their reception and food are excellent. The staff are well behaved. We got two rooms @ as cheap as Rs 800.
Next day we did the city sight seeing including the Rabdantse(the ruins of the olden royal palace). The way is through a jungle where you may feel a touch of adventure. Besides, there are a few waterfalls around Pelling, the most fascinating of them is Kanchanjungha falls. Change falls is very famous too. Never forget to visit Pemiyangste monastery, clove plantation, hellipad and Khechiperi lake. It is believed your wishfulfilment is done here. Be cautious, you do not get full lunch in this tour with rice, only dry food and somewhere noodles are available. We returned at 3. 00 pm and had our lunch at Pelling @ Rs 120. In the afternoon you may roam to the hellipad where you may find Hotel Baichung or stroll to lower Pelling since Hotel Garuda is in the upper Pelling.
One may have a wonderful view of Kanchanjungha from Pelling but unfortunately we got a cloudy weather. Next day we headed for Uttarey village, a serene hamlet surrounded by mountains. Here we saw Trout breeding farm, a beautiful park and Alpine cheese plant. The village is worth spending a couple of night. Then on the way back we saw Detam valley and exquisite Dentam khola(river). At Uttarey we had a delicious lunch @ Rs 200 in Green Valley hotel.
On the fourth day we went to Rabongla to visit the famous Buddha Park, Chardham temple complex and Temi tea garden, only one of its kind in Sikkim. The vastness of the garden bewildered us. One may buy first class tea leaves here from the factory counter. Anyway, avoiding former horrible road, we took to another road to reach NJP. I want everyone to go to Pelling and Uttarey at least for once - the serene rivers, the sparkling fountains and the green nature, above all the glorious presence of mighty Kanchanjungha must mesmerize you, I am sure.
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Ashish Bhattacharya

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  • Ashish Bhattacharya
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 6 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
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"Pelling Trip" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Anyone visiting Sikkim should include Pelling in its itinerary. Pelling has breathtaking views of Kanchenjunga. We were lucky enough to have that view from our hotel room. The Kanchenjunga fall, the pemayangtse monastery, the khecheopalri lake and the second highest hanging bridge (Singshore) bridge were all worth watching. The weather is perfect for sight seeing.
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Shrabani Das gupta

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  • Shrabani Das gupta
  • Lives in Calcutta
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"Beautiful Pelling"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
So romantic place I had ever experienced before. The place we felt we were in the lap of mother nature. We experienced Kanchenjunga so near at eye level. I was so spell bound seeing the beauty of the Kanchenjunga from the room. I suggest every one please go spelling once in lifetime.
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  • Samapan bandyopadhyay
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Pelling - very close to Kanchenjungha"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 1, 2017
Most recently from 27/12/16 to 29/12/16 we stayed at Pelling-at upper pelling-helipad-florets hotel and resorts. The tourists who are disheartened not seen Kanchenjunga from Darjeeling and Gangtok will be happy to know that the pick is best viewed from Pelling- West Sikkim. The other picks are also very clear from Pelling - West Sikkim. The other attractions are Khecheopalri Lake, Kanchenjunga falls, Orange Garden, etc.
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Pradyot Haldar

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  • Pradyot Haldar
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"Mesmerising view of kanchanjunga"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Nov 6, 2016
When I woke up with the first light threw the window and removed the curtain of the window near my head I was just mesmerised with the view of kachanjunga at the first light of the don. I came out on the balcony of the 2nd floor with my camera and stayed there for 30 mins until the sunlight exposed the veil of the peaks fully. I have never seen such a view in my previous visits to different places of himalayas even the kinnar. My visit will be memorable throughout my life.
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  • C.s. manish Dasgupta
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"Best views of Mount Kanchanjunga alongwith other 6 peaks"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 20, 2016
We were 5 family members who went on a trip to visit Pelling along with Gangtok, Namchi and other local sightseeing. We started from NJP and went to Pelling directly. Stayed at hotel hungree. Deluxe room was allotted to us and we will remain thakful to them for that. Our car took 7 hrs to reach Pelling. Road was not on good condition for around 60 km. Food was available but very limited options were available. You need to stay in Pelling for atleast 2 days to enjoy all sightseeing. See Kanchenjunga falls, rabantese ruins, amitabh bacchan falls, singshore bridge and others.
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Karun Kumar

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  • Karun Kumar
  • Lives in Delhi
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"If you love the mountains, Pelling is the place to be!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jul 28, 2016
Maginificent view of the Kanchenjunga!
That pretty much was what we went there for. The Kanchenjunga falls are another huge attraction. Do the waterfall crossing on a harness. Its really epic. Makes for some amazing photos. The road to Pelling is dangerous during the monsoons so be ready for some heart stopping moments. We saw landslides happening real time. And we had to get off the vehicle and clear the rocks that fell in the middle of the road. It was raining incessantly but it was heavenly. The green was so green!
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  • Phalgun gandhi
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Scenic Beauty of India"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jun 22, 2016
Mind blowing view. Scenic beauty of famous Kanchanjunga from all the parts of Pelling. Pelling is surrounded by world famous mountain Himalaya one of the best spot I have ever seen within India. Although situated within Indian in Sikkim this place is still called as Virgin in the sense very few people knows about the place.. Worth visiting.
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